Little England: nineteenth-century Tasmanian travel writing and settler colonialism

Johnston, Anna (2016) Little England: nineteenth-century Tasmanian travel writing and settler colonialism. Studies in Travel Writing, 20 1: 17-33. doi:10.1080/13645145.2015.1136035


Author Johnston, Anna
Title Little England: nineteenth-century Tasmanian travel writing and settler colonialism
Journal name Studies in Travel Writing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-5145
1755-7550
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13645145.2015.1136035
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 33
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Tasmania was a distinctive location for nineteenth-century travellers, and a regular feature of the rich print culture that emerged from the British Empire. Regularly dubbed a “little England” because of its physical and environmental features, the island provided an early source of imperial ideas about Greater Britain and the spread of the Anglo-Saxon race. This paper traces the emergence of the “little England” trope in travel writing, emphasising the importance of this form for knowledge formation. It argues that the contested and violent history of Tasmania, especially the treatment of Aboriginal people, complicated the trope by making explicit the violence that underpinned British imperial expansion. Debates about the morality of colonisation both in the colonial period, and in recent scholarly publications, reveal the high visibility of Tasmania and the complex inheritances of its colonial past locally and in Britain.
Keyword Australia
Tasmania
Travel writing
Settler colonialism
Imperial print culture
"little England"
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 12:15:11 EST by Anna Johnston on behalf of Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities