"Terra Australis - the southern land - was one of the most widespread concepts in European geography from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, although the notion of a land mass in the southern seas had been prevalent since classical antiquity. Despite this fact, there has been relatively little sustained scholarly work on European concepts of Terra Australis or the intellectual background to European voyages of discovery and exploration to Australia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through interdisciplinary scholarly contributions, ranging across history, the visual arts, literature and popular culture, this volume considers the continuities and discontinuities between the imagined space of Terra Australis and its subsequent manifestation. It will shed new light on familiar texts, people and events - such as the Dutch and French explorations of Australia, the Batavia shipwreck and the Baudin expedition - by setting them in unexpected contexts and alongside unfamiliar texts and people. The book will be of interest to, among others, intellectual and cultural historians, literary scholars, historians of cartography, the visual arts, women's and post-colonial studies."--publisher website.
2. Terra Australis and the idea of the antipodes
3. The Roman south
4. Meanings of the south : from the Mappaemundi to Shakespeare's Othello
5. Terra Australis, jave la grande and Australia : identity problems and fiction
6. Mapping Terra Australis in the French seventeenth century : the Mémoires of the Abbé Jean Paulmier
7. Ceremonial encounters : Spanish perceptions of the South Pacific
Naming and shaming : the Baudin expedition and the politics of nomenclature in the Terres Australes
9. Who do you trust? Discrepancies between the 'official and unofficial' sources recording explorers' perceptions of places and their people
10. 'My own slender remarks' : global networks of slavery and sociability in Mary Ann Parker's Voyage to New South Wales (1795)
11. Recovering the imperial context of mid-Victorian exploration of Northern Australia, 1855-57
12. The wicked and the fair : changing perceptions of Terra Australis through the prism of the Batavia shipwreck (1629)
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