Australindia: The geography of imperial desire

Carter, P 2015, 'Australindia: The geography of imperial desire', Postcolonial Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 222-233.

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Title Australindia: The geography of imperial desire
Author(s) Carter, P
Year 2015
Journal name Postcolonial Studies
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 222
End page 233
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Abstract A tradition of imperial geographical fantasy fuses India and Australia. This paper discusses the strategic role these utopian proposals played in imperial erotics, in aiding the foundational ambition of empire, which is to connect. The proponents of these geographical hybrids (T.J. Maslen, W. Pickering and Thomas Livingston Mitchell) occupied very different positions in Greater Britain's colonial administration and the minority knowledges represented by their speculative overlays of India onto Australia circulated in very different cultural circles. The insider/outsider status of these ex-army, turned surveyors suggests a more complex ecology of alternative discourses circulating in the imperial imaginary: as proposals for future places, the schemes discussed in this article were fictions that aestheticized invasion, making it a metaphor for ultimate unity.
Subject Architectural Design
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13688790.2015.1063975
Copyright notice © 2015 The Institute of Postcolonial Studies
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