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Crossing the Beach at Taipivai: The Psychogeography of Islands
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Crossing the Beach at Taipivai:
The Psychogeography of Islands
Vanessa Smith
University of Sydney
Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith . . .
is an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters (1998), and coeditor of both Exploration and Exchange: A South Seas Anthology, 1680-1900 (2000) and Islands in History and Representation (2003). Professor Smith is currently writing a book on friendship and cross-cultural encounter in the long eighteenth century.


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4. John Shillibeer, A Narrative of the Briton's Voyage to Pitcairn's Island . . . (Taunton: Printed for the author by J. W. Marriott, 1817), 35; hereafter cited parenthetically.

5. See Jacques Derrida's play on silva, savage, salvage, and forest in Of Grammatology, trans. Gayatri Spivak (1976; repr., Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1984), 108.