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Untimely Segalen
Christopher Bush

of 1913 with respect to China. To begin, there is the extent of French connections to East Asia by this time. Paul Claudel had been in China from 1895 to 1909 and Saint-John Perse would arrive in 1916, both of whose diplomatic work was related to the ongoing colonial project of ‘Indochina’ – Marguerite Duras was born in Saigon in 1914. 1913 was also the year that Tsuguharu Fujita – later known as Léonard Foujita – arrived in Paris, where he quickly fell in with Matisse and Léger as well as fellow émigrés Picasso and Gris. And so on. More to the point, China was

in 1913: The year of French modernism
Abstract only
Don Randall

better’ (GW, 256). The Great World 113 Vic’s financial empire, moreover, is thoroughly transnational, a delicately balanced web of speculative investments, agreements, and alliances extending to America, Europe, East Asia, and the Pacific Rim. Vic’s death, in the novel’s final pages, coincides exactly with the world-wide financial crash of the mid-1980s, thus confirming him as the representative of the Australian urge to look beyond the nation, to look away from history, the past, and toward seemingly unbounded future potentialities. Of course, Vic’s death also

in David Malouf
Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, and Ingrid Ryberg

portrayal of the Thai women in the series does very little to counter dominant stereotypes. Instead, we argue, it invokes a fetishising notion of the vulnerability of South East Asian female bodies as available, consumable for sexual and reproductive labour, and ultimately disposable.  123 The politics of reproduction 123 Aestheticised images of the suitcase floating in the water, with long black hair leaking out of it, are recurrent in the first episode. Examining the distorted corpse, it is this hair, determined by the forensic pathologist to be of Asian texture

in The power of vulnerability
Matthew Scribner

landed on the shores of the New World. They brought the Indians all their science, knowledge of engineering, laws, and their higher level of civilisation. These men became the White Gods of the Indian countries.’ 28 Although North America and the Norse voyages are not Honoré’s focus, he uses the Vinland story to back up his larger picture of pre-Columbian contact with culturally limited indigenous peoples: At any rate most scholars are agreed that men from east Asia discovered America long before Columbus. It was therefore ‘discovered’ at least four times

in From Iceland to the Americas
Early modern travel tales
Kenneth Parker

Pilgrimage , 4th edition (London: William Stansby for Henry Fetherstone, 1626 ), side-note b, p. 785. 21 I. de Rachelwitz, Prester John and Europe’s Discovery of East Asia (Canberra: Australian National University, 1972

in A knight’s legacy
Don Randall

very broad-based and far-reaching: Australia takes shape as a nation composed of migrants and definingly characterised by ongoing multidirectional migration. Indeed, the tendency not to stay in one place, to move about the world, to err, emerges as 12 David Malouf the principal shared characteristic of Malouf’s main characters. In his fictions, Australians travel to Europe, and Europeans to Australia. Australian soldiers, sent to Europe for the First World War, are shipped to south-east Asia for the Second; in both cases, the more fortunate ones travel back again

in David Malouf
Anshuman A. Mondal

Roy, Rohinton Mistry, Amit Chaudhuri, and Vikram Seth amongst others.1 At the back, slightly out of focus, is Amitav Ghosh; the perspective of the shot distances him and he appears somewhat marginal to the main group. The photograph is a large one, taking up almost three-quarters of the double-page spread, but on its left-hand margin is some text, a fragment of an article on the ‘forgotten army’ led by the Indian nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose, which had fought the British alongside the Japanese in South East Asia during the Second World War. The article is

in Amitav Ghosh
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Southern worlds, globes, and spheres
Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis

colonial desires for settlement and belonging); and visual, oral, and performance cultures that disrupt Eurocentric literary chronologies. 105 These kinds of unsettling, hyphenated, and hybrid texts also speak to hybrid forms of belonging, especially in relation to multi-ethnic communities such as the Cape Colony, where, as Archie L. Dick has shown, Cape Muslims ‘created an independent world view’ with their stories ‘recall[ing]’, ‘recreat[ing]’, and ‘blend[ing]’ the ‘folklore worlds of East Asia and Africa’. 106 As the ultimate composite genre, travel writing

in Worlding the south
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Don Randall

Street’ and The Conversations at Curlow Creek, the body is the cryptic key to experience, the main site of both clarity and confusion. Continuous only in its changefulness, it is the shape of oneself that one is always growing into and growing out of at the same time. Jack has a sense of ‘his body as the immediate image of himself’ and therefore hopes to find in it the means of bridging discontinuity and absence. He wishes to span with his own body the distance between himself and his lost father, gone missing somewhere in the south-east Asian tropics. The experience

in David Malouf
Lee Spinks

Gillian were left behind in Colombo with relatives. Bereft of a father and temporarily separated from his mother, young Michael was now thrown back upon his own emotional resources. This situation lasted until 1952 when, at the age of nine, he made the first big move of his life by following his mother and his older brother and sister to England. Whatever the exigency of family circumstance, Ondaatje was now a part of the great south-east Asian diaspora. Certainly this was the way he perceived the situation: ‘I was part of that colonial

in Michael Ondaatje