Ryan, Simon: Cartographic eye

Ryan, Simon

The Cartographic Eye: How Explorers Saw Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996

Tries to get behind the literature of the early contacts between explorers and the original inhabitants of Australia.

This book is about the mythologies of land exploration, and about space and the colonial enterprise in particular. It is an innovative investigation of the presumptions, aesthetics and politics of Australian explorers’ texts that shows that they are not the simple, unadorned observations their authors would have us believe. (blurb)

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