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The Road to Botany BayAn Exploration of Landscape and History$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669974

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669974.001.0001

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The Charm of Novelty

The Charm of Novelty

(p.69) 3 The Charm of Novelty
The Road to Botany Bay

Paul Carter

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the explorer’s journal. Explorers write up their journeys to bring the country before their readers’ eyes and the journal is a critical equivalent of their spatial experience. What the explorer-writer writes about is not the country or his own state of mind, but the process of exploring. The landscape emerges as an object of interest in so far as it exhibits a narrative interest. The day itself is track-like: somehow, whatever his direction, the traveller is always going towards the sunset. And, even where it fails to hold the promise of longed-for novelty, reflection on the fact serves to express the explorer’s own sense of purpose, his distinctive identity and responsibility.

Keywords:   travel journals, journal writing, explorer’s journal

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