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Climate and culture in Australia and New Zealand

Cranston, CA and Dawson, C 2017 , 'Climate and culture in Australia and New Zealand', in J Parham and L Westling (eds.), A Global History of Literature and the Environment , Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 235-236.

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Like a template for a climate-changing world, Australia - the driest inhabited continent on Earth - exists in an imaginative and emotional landscape shaped from extremities. Situated within the geopolitical region of Australasia/Oceania, Australia's trans-Tasman relations with earthquake-prone Aotearoa (''land of the long white cloud'') began in 1788 when New Zealand was included within the British colony of New South Wales. New Zealand, however, was never a penal colony and separation from its rough cousin came after Maori (consolidated under a single language) signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown in 1840 - itself a marker of difference between the First Nations of both countries. Australian Aborigines, scattered across the continent, each nation speaking its own language - saw land rights withheld under the illegal fiction of terra nullius, ''nobody's land."

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Cranston, CA and Dawson, C
Keywords: Australia, New Zealand, climate change, colonial, postcolonial, literature
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/CBO9781316212578.017
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