Walking in your footsteps : ‘footsteps of the explorers’ expeditions and the contest for Australian desert space

Collis, Christy (2010) Walking in your footsteps : ‘footsteps of the explorers’ expeditions and the contest for Australian desert space. In Naylor, Simon & Ryan, James (Eds.) New Spaces of Exploration : Geographies of Discovery in the Twentieth Century. I.B. Tauris, London.

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This chapter attends to a phenomenally pervasive example of contemporary exploration spatiality: ‘Footsteps of the imperial explorers’ expeditions. It is an examination of a specific genre of travel, and of travel narrative, and of the sorts of spatiality produced and maintained by this travelling. This chapter attends to contemporary (from 1970 to the present) Australian exploration narratives – both textual and physical – which take place in the ten Australian central deserts. Footsteps narratives demonstrate that contemporary Australian exploration spatiality is not simply a reprisal of a nineteenth-century British model; Footsteps expeditions and expedition narratives offer up a clear model of what contemporary Australian exploration spatiality looks like, how it works, and how it functions within the broader dynamic of postcolonial spatial production and the contest for desert possession.

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ID Code: 21227
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: cultural geography, exploration
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2009 05:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:33

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