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