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'Inspired by the international conference 'Landscapes of Exile: Once Perilous, Now Safe' held in Australia in 2006, this book examines the experience and nature of exile - one of the most powerful and recurrent themes of the human condition. In response to the central question posed of how the experience of exile has impacted on society and culture, this book offers a rich collection of essays. Through a kaleidoscope of views on the metaphorical, spatial, imaginative, reflective and experiential nature of exile, it investigates a diverse range of landscapes of belonging and exclusion - social, cultural, legal, poetic, literary, indigenous, political - that confront humanity. At the very heart of landscapes of exile is the irony of history, and therefore of identity and home. Who is now safe and who is not? What was perilous? Who now is in peril? What does it mean to belong? This book provides key examinations of these questions.' (Publisher's blurb)


  • Papers from The Centre for Peace and Social Justice and the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas cross-disciplinary symposia 'Landscapes of Exile', held at Byron Bay, 26-28 July 2006.
  • Contents indexed selectively.


* Contents derived from the Berne,
Western Europe, Europe,
Peter Lang , 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Paradox of Exile, Patricia Clarke , single work criticism

'Queensland-born novelist Rosa Praed's departure for London in 1876 at the age of 24 is usually regarded as a liberating move. She was exchanging life as a squatter's wife on an isolated station for the established comfort and social standing of her husband's English upper middle class family. It also opened up the prospect of finding a market for the stories that were swirling in her head. For nearly sixty years until her death in 1935 she lived in England or Europe making only one brief visit to Australia in the first months of 1895. Exile is not a concept usually associated with such a move.

'This paper [explores] indications in her writing that point to "the unhealable rift" that followed this separation from her physical and spiritual home. The most important is her constant, almost obsessive, return over a period of more than thirty-five years to the sites of her childhood and young adulthood as settings for close to twenty books. The explanation that she was exploiting a demand for colonial colour and adventure among English readers is inadequate in the face of this recurrent, compulsive dredging of memories. [This paper argues] that her frequent return to early memories of the Australian landscape, Aboriginal/white frontier wars, political events and colonial social mores indicates a loss that was never assuaged. Her memories were reinforced by material she received from her Australian relatives, often actively sought.'

Source: Landscapes of Exile conference website,
Sighted: 02/04/2008

(p. 19-30)
Brutality versus Common Sense: The 'Mutiny Ships', the 'Tottenham' and the 'Chapman', Susan Ballyn , single work criticism
Ballyn's article deals with the treatment of convicts during transportation to Australia on the 'Tottenham' and the 'Chapman' in 1817 and 1818. It also comments on the 1837 voyage of the 'Sarah' aboard which four of the 'Frederick' mutineers, including James Porter, were being returned to Hobart for trial.
(p. 31-42)
All My Relations : Being and Belonging in Byron Shire, Melissa Lucashenko , single work essay (p. 61-67)
Dis/Connections : Expressions of Belonging in Non-Indigenous Australian Non-Fiction, Willa McDonald , single work criticism (p. 69-83)
Whose Landscape? Who's Exiled?, Peter Read (interviewer), single work interview (p. 85-96)
Reveries of the Solitary Islands : From Sensuous Geography to Ecological Sensibility, Kim Satchell , single work essay

'This [essay] uses the beach in relation to the Solitary Islands to consider the intimacy of sensuous geographies active in the landscapes of the coast. As spaces of nurture, refuge and the practice of everyday life, sensuous geographies are relevant to the place-making experiences of exile (forced, self-imposed, psychic and existential). The practice of space contingent to place-making in this manner turns upon embodied knowledge, the immediacy of experience, lucid reverie and the familiarity of the everyday. The status of the beach as a cultural icon, embodied en masse in summer holidays and ritualised throughout life stages has become embedded in the national psyche of Australia. The beach resonates with the notion of 'landscapes of exile' in complex and ambiguous ways that deserve critical examination. This becomes apparent in the context of negotiations concerning the entanglement of nature and culture, settler and indigenous culture and the ethics of belonging. These come into sharp relief through an ecological reading of space, place and region.'

Source: Landscapes of Exile conference website, Sighted: 31/10/08.

(p. 97-114)
The 'Third Space' as Void : Exile and Self-Destruction in Eva Sallis's 'The Marsh Birds', Dianne Schwerdt , single work criticism (p. 135-148)
Journeys : Distance, Proximity and Death, Deborah Bird Rose , single work essay (p. 149-156)
Additive Exile in David Martin : The Necessary Other That Makes for Place and Home Recognising Home in David Martin's Additive Exile : The Necessary Other That Puts Us into Relation, J. V. D'Cruz , William Steele , single work criticism (p. 157-174)
Towards an Ethics of Location, Rob Garbutt , single work essay (p. 175-192)
Un-Settling White Australia : The Significance of Going Home, Anna Haebich , single work essay (p. 193-209)
This Whispering in My Heart, Janie Conway-Herron , single work essay (p. 211-220)
Two Artistic Interpretations of the Eliza Fraser Exile Narrative, Michael Hannan , single work criticism (p. 239-247)

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