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Islandness, sense of place, and the importance of “story” in the islands of Newfoundland and Tasmania


Brinklow, L, Islandness, sense of place, and the importance of 'story' in the islands of Newfoundland and Tasmania, Evenings with Annie Warburton, ABC Hobart, Hobart (2010) [Media Interview]


With Newfoundland, Canada, and Tasmania, Australia, coming into their own culturally in recent years - Newfoundland through its vibrant literary and musical scene, and Tasmania through literature, music, and visual art - the question arises: why do these two islands of similar sizes, populations, genealogies, and geographic placements, on opposite sides of the globe, have such vibrant cultures? Examining the issue through the lens of "island" studies, one could attribute it to the fierce sense of pride and independence that comes from living close to the elements in a bounded space, or from the "specialness" of being set apart from the mainland, or from the storytelling tradition, where islanders know that they must claim and reclaim their stories to ensure their accuracy. As Darwin has identified, islands are a laboratory for change. In this age of a global cookie-cutter culture, then, what do these two island cultures have to teach us about cultural diversity, originality, identity, and how cultures evolve? Through the lens of place and attachment to place - in this case, islands - and by looking at representations of Newfoundland and Tasmanian culture, this study will explore how attachment to place, "island" identity, and the prevalence of story play a significant role in islanders’ perceptions of self, individually and collectively.

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:Islands, culture, sense of place
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brinklow, L (Ms Laurie Brinklow)
ID Code:65246
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-10-20
Last Modified:2010-10-20

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