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.
The Editors: Anna Haebich is Co-Director of the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, an Australia Research Council QEII Fellow and UNESCO Orbicom Chair at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. Baden Offord teaches in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, and is Co-Director of the Centre for Peace and Social Justice at Southern Cross University, Australia.
Contents: Baden Offord/Anna Haebich: Introduction: Landscapes of Exile - `Once Perilous, Now Safe' - Baden Offord: Landscapes of Exile (and Narratives on the Trauma of Belonging) - Patricia Clarke: A Paradox of Exile: Rosa Praed's Lifelines to her Australian Past - Susan Ballyn: Brutality versus Common Sense: The `Mutiny Ships', the Tottenham and the Chapman - Judith Grbich: The Road to Jawi Country: Exilic Subjects and Legal Landscapes - Melissa Lucashenko: All My Relations: Being and Belonging in Byron Shire - Willa McDonald: Dis/Connections: Expressions of Belonging in Non-Indigenous Australian Non-fiction - Peter Read Interviews Dennis Foley: Whose Landscape? Who's Exiled? - Kim Satchell: Reveries of the Solitary Islands: From Sensuous Geography to Ecological Sensibility - Johanna Kijas: Layers of Belonging in a `Sea Change' Landscape: Stories of Look At Me Now Headland - Dianne Schwerdt: The `Third Space' as Void: Exile and Self-destruction in Eva Sallis's The Marsh Birds - Deborah Bird Rose: Journeys: Distance, Proximity and Death - J.V. D'Cruz/William Steele: Recognising Home in David Martin's Additive Exile: The Necessary Other that Puts Us into Relation - Rob Garbutt: Towards an Ethics of Location - Anna Haebich: Un-settling White Australia: The Significance of Going Home - Janie Conway-Herron: This Whispering in My Heart - Bev Henwood: For the Term of their Natural Lives: Twenty-first-century Exile from Australia - Michael Hannan: Two Artistic Interpretations of the Eliza Fraser Exile Narrative - Adrien K. Wing/Hisham A. Kassim: Spirit Injury, Exile, and the State of Palestine.