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The Road to Botany Bay, first published in 1987 and considered a classic in the field of cultural and historical geography, examines the poetic constitution of colonial society. Through a far-reaching exploration of Australia's mapping, narrative description, early urbanism, and bush mythology, Paul Carter exposes the mythopoetic mechanisms of empire. A powerfully written

Paperback, 412 pages
Published December 15th 1989 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1987)
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This is the most tragically neglected book I can think of. Beautifully written, it explores the history of exploration and colonialism in Australia by examining representations of the landscape from the journals and maps of Captain Cook to the bureaucratic renderings of the Australian state. More than any other book I've read, it illuminates the nature of colonialism in general by showing us the specificities of settler colonialism. Representations of the Australian landscape had first to erase...more
Paul Carter's insightful book on early settlement in Sydney and he engages imaginative research to explore how the early settlers and Australian Aboriginals interacted and the differences in their relationship to land. Fascinating. His ideas and approach was really helpful for my MFA thesis.

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Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world, re-locating every few years. Paul has lived, worked, gotten into trouble and been given a serious talking to in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand, Papua New Guinea,...more
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