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‘The Sun Always Shines in Perth’: a Post-Colonial Geography of Identity, Memory and Place

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In this paper I explore some of the textual possibilities of post-colonial geography. Using the conceptual tool of place as a palimpsest, I trace some geographies of memory across selected colonial and post-colonial texts. By focusing on the relationship between representations of ‘sunny Perth’ and ‘Nyungah Perth’, I tease out some of the more general theoretical issues which pertain to a politics of place and space within this (post)colonial Australian context. The nexus of memory, place and cultural identity is central to my analysis. I give particular attention to the ways in which cultural memories are inscribed in some very specific and very ordinary places, and how these places become site-markers of the remembering process and of identity itself.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University College of New South Wales, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Publication date: 2000-03-01

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