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Isolation, connectedness and the uses of text in Heroic-Era Antarctica: the cases of Inexpressible and Elephant Islands

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Leane, E (2007) Isolation, connectedness and the uses of text in Heroic-Era Antarctica: the cases of Inexpressible and Elephant Islands. Island Studies Journal, 2 (1). pp. 67-76. ISSN 1715-2593

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Abstract

This article focuses on the experiences of early 20th century expeditions trapped over
winter on Antarctic islands. These explorers were in a paradoxical position, completely
isolated from the world they knew but in uncomfortably close quarters with their
companions. Prominent amongst the available resources that they could use to maintain
sanity in these doubly trying circumstances were texts. Like the Antarctic ice, which
effectively turns islands into part of the mainland, but can just as easily make an iceberg
out of a seemingly stable “peece of the continent”, texts were a means towards both
connection and insularity for these men.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Antarctica, exploration, isolation, text, Inexpressible Island, Elephant Island
Journal or Publication Title: Island Studies Journal
Publisher: Institute of Island Studies
Page Range: pp. 67-76
ISSN: 1715-2593
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Copyright © 2007. Institute of Island Studies,

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:12
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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