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Place, object, text: Anglo-India in Australasia

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Crane, R and Stafford, J, Place, object, text: Anglo-India in Australasia, The Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia, 8, (2) pp. 6-19. ISSN 2013-6897 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

In the nineteenth century the ‘webs of empire’ that connected Anglo-India and Australasia were numerous, complex, and diverse. In the twenty-first century traces of those webs are inscribed on the cultural landscapes of Australasia—in place names, in displaced material objects, and in the texts of empire. How should we now trace, describe, and assess these particular webs of connectedness? Drawing on imperial history, cultural geography, and literary criticism, this exploratory article introduces some of the ties that bound Anglo-India and Australasia in the century from 1820-1920. First, it charts the imprint of Anglo-India on the landscapes of Australia and New Zealand—preserved in place names, military and domestic architecture, botanic gardens, and graveyards. Second, it explores the collections of museums and other cultural institutions to outline the circulation of the material objects of Anglo-India. Third, it considers some of the cultural texts—fiction, memoir, travel writing—that narrate the ties between the two regions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anglo-India, Australasia, place, material objects, text
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural Studies
Research Field:Postcolonial Studies
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's Past
Author:Crane, R (Professor Ralph Crane)
ID Code:128752
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-10-10
Last Modified:2018-10-11
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