Professor Wallace Kirsop on Gabriel de Foigny’s novel "La Terre Australe connue"
Free Public Lecture
Leigh Scott Room
First Floor, The Baillieu Library
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Join Professor Wallace Krisop for a talk on Gabriel De Foigny’s novel La Terre Australe connue in association with Rare Book Week and the exhibition, Plotting the Island: dreams, discovery.
The exhibition navigates real and imagined voyages, seeing the island of Australia as the pivotal destination. Indigenous inhabitants had a long established connection to this island, yet in the Western mind it was shrouded in mystery and opportunity for territorial expansion. European exploration transformed the world’s map, leading into the age of Enlightenment. This gave rise to a desire for specimens of natural history and culture that steered collectors to shipwreck, mutiny and conflict with the original inhabitants of many islands. The exhibition strives to study the changing identities of these islands through the University’s collection.