Migrations: Journeys in Time and Place
The various paths by which two of the author's great-grandparents came to the southern hemisphere are central to this work. Their experiences of departure, displacement and un/settlement raise questions of identity for the author.
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In Migrations Rod Edmond traces the journeys of his Scottish forebears as they separately made their way to New Zealand. The migration story begins with Charles Murray leaving Aberdeenshire in 1884 to become a missionary on the island of Ambrym. On the other side of Scotland, Catherine McLeod and her family had already abandoned their small coastal croft and sailed for Tasmania.
Encounters in Scottish and Pacific villages, a reconciliation ceremony, visits to country churches in New Zealand, and the shock of a city's history transformed by earthquake - all are woven into an exploration of 'migration', of what it is and what it means in our lives. Evocations of place are quietly infused with an understanding of the past, subtly shifting perceptions of identity for current generations.
Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent in Canterbury, Rod Edmond has published in the fields of Victorian and postcolonial writing, and in the history and literature of empire. In 1998 he was the joint winner of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for Imperial History for Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin.
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Rod was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and educated at Victoria University and Merton College Oxford. Most of his academic career was spent at the University of Kent in England where he became Professor of Modern Literature and Cultural History and was several times head of department. He retired in 2009. His main academic fields have been in Victorian and Postcolonial writing and the history and literature of empire. His books include Affairs of the Hearth: Victorian Poetry and Domestic Narrative (Routledge, 1988), Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Islands in History and Representation, co-edited with Vanessa Smith (Routledge, 2003) and Leprosy and Empire: A Medical and Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 2006).