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Thinking Australia in Oceania: Old Metaphors in New Dress


McLean, I, Thinking Australia in Oceania: Old Metaphors in New Dress, Thesis Eleven, 55, (1) pp. 1-13. ISSN 0725-5136 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/0725513698055000002


Little appears to have changed in the western imagining of the Pacific region since ancient times. While metaphors of redemption and condemnation, paradise and paradise lost, utopia and dystopia persist, Australia's place in the Pacific will remain elusive and insecure. The essay is in two parts. The first half discusses the metaphors implicit in the names given to the region, the South Seas, the Pacific and Oceania, and relates their imagining in the early European expeditions of Balboa and Magellan, in Hodges' paintings done on Cook's second voyage in the 18th century, and in conceptualizations of Australian identity from the colonial period to the mid-20th century writing of historians such as Hancock, Barnard and Manning Clark. The second half of the essay traces the repetition of the same metaphors in the theories of de Certeau and Baudrillard, and in the writings of contemporary Australian critics, including McKenzie Wark, Ross Gibson and Paul Carter. Copyright © 1998 SAGE Publications and Thbesis Eleven Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:McLean, I (Professor Ian McLean)
ID Code:14789
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Art (Launceston)
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-09

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