An atlas of a difficult world: the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia (1886-1888)

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Abstract

[Truncated] This thesis is an account of the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia (1886-1888), a publication that was issued in serial form to commemorate
the centenary of the European colonisation of Australia.
Chapter one, 'Promises and Premises', outlines the manner in which the Atlas came to be produced, and exposes the forms of language by which the makers of the Atlas sought to promote their publication.
The second chapter, 'The Neo-Picturesque', situates the Atlas within the traditions of picturesque publications, and in particular, the specific kinds of descriptive illustrated works appearing in the late nineteenth century.
'History's Telescope', the third chapter, discusses the representation
of history within the Atlas, both in terms of the narratives that were
drawn upon and in terms of the visual strategies that were pursued
in the illustrations.
Where chapter three deals with the representation of history, chapter four, 'Making Life', is a discussion of the means by which the makers of the Atlas articulate a present-day world characterised by an insistent colonial modernity.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 1998

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