By S. Perera
Such a lot experiences of Australia commence with the “the island-continent.” the encircling oceans are little greater than a backdrop for the dramas that happen on dry land. this can be the 1st e-book to show its awareness to the oceans and coastlines that make and remake the boundaries of Australia via occasions reminiscent of the arriving of asylum seekers’ boats, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Bali bombings and maritime peacekeeping missions within the Pacific. opposed to the imperatives of struggle, defense, relief and catastrophe, quite a few configurations of our bodies, boats, borders and shores testify to the ability and the bounds of Australia’s insular illusion.
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Insularity, islandness, holds these dualities together, between land and sea. The scene of their interface is the variable, ever shifting, in-between of the beach. “A N ati on Co ntained w ithi n a Beach” ? ” The emphatic insistence on the island as the land’s “true form” is something more: it is the claim for a particular form of territoriality. What is at stake in the insular as a gift to the land is a concept, or vision, of nation. ” The form of island-Australia is one enframed from the start by a relation to “the rest of the world,” that is, it is already located in a preexisting geopolitical order.
63 Hill proceeds to make a pointed comparison between the brutal and ignorant “Massacretime” on the north and west coasts and the flurry of nation-building on the eastern, more systematically colonized side: “While William Charles Wentworth and Sir Henry Parkes were haranguing in parliament . . fathers of a nation . . while five million were roaming for pastures and gold, building cities, railways, a thousand towns, six States and a Federation . . while Melba was carolling Juliet . . ” This law, together with the troublesome bodies and knowledges associated with it, are to be banished from the face of an Australia consolidating a very different territorial-racial identity.
27 Enshrined in the opening stanza of the 22 Australia and the Insular Imagination Australian national anthem—“With golden soil and wealth for toil/Our land is girt by sea”—this distinction between (potentially) productive ground and wild ocean marks a constitutive and continuing divide between colonizing and Indigenous cosmographies. As an act of emplacement and territorialization, island-Australia effaces other geographies and disallows competing cosmographies. 29 Sharp lines sever land from sea, splintering country into parcels of incompleteness and lack.
Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies by S. Perera