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Tasmania from below: Antarctic travellers' accounts of a southern gateway ""

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posted on 2023-05-26, 07:19 authored by Elizabeth LeaneElizabeth Leane
Tasmania is often represented in travel accounts as a remote place at the edge of the world. For Antarctic travellers, however, Tasmania is not only an end but also a means: a way-station rather than a destination, a point from which to commence the last leg of an expedition or a haven to return to at its conclusion, and sometimes a place to recuperate between multiple visits. This article examines representations of Tasmania ‚Äö- and particularly its capital city and main port, Hobart ‚Äö- produced by explorers and other travellers on their way to (or from) more southerly destinations. Antarctic travel texts compare and contrast Tasmania to higher latitudes, contextualising it not just as a far southern margin of the familiar world, but also as a northern limit of a lesser-known region of the globe. Both Antarctic travellers' journeys and their narratives produce a connectedness between Tasmania and other circumpolar places, which in turn embeds the island within a new geographical imaginary: a southern rim surrounding a polar centre. These travel narratives reinforce the image of Hobart as a gateway‚ÄövÑvp but also put pressure on this term, suggesting a relationship with the far south that includes but goes beyond that of an exit or entry point.

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Publication title

Studies in Travel Writing

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20

Article number

1

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1

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34-48

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1364-5145

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Taylor & Francis

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