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Alexander Selkirk 1704-2004 Scotland and the Cultural Perception of Islands Ray Burnett Dícuil Institute of Island Studies Outer Hebrides, Scotland [email protected]

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  • Alexander Selkirk 1704-2004Scotland and theCultural Perception of IslandsRay Burnett Dcuil Institute of Island StudiesOuter Hebrides, [email protected]

  • Island Voyages: Charting a PassageMoment: 1704Perspective: Scotland & the HebridesApproach: landfalls & linksFocus: cultural perceptionsAim: post-voyage reflections

  • The Moment: 1704Alexander SelkirkDaniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe1707 Act of UnionA Scottish perspectivecolonialismsubalternitycomplicity

  • Perspective: Scotland & the HebridesMacPhersons Ossianthe Ossianic impactIssuesNational IdentityIndigenous CultureIsland LandscapesThe Ossianic gaze the Sublime Savage

  • Voyages & Landfalls: Joseph BanksVoyages & VoyagersTahitiStaffaPurveyors of the primitiveexotic Islanderssublime Islandsconcentric circles

  • Voyages & Landfalls: Johnson & Boswellthe Hebrides August 1774Bossie and the DoctorScotlands Past - Englands OtherCultural waypointsMonboddos monkeysFormosa & TahitiEnlightenment & EmpireEdinburghLondon

  • Voyages & Landfalls: James CookThe Pacific August 1774Cooks parallel VoyageNew HebridesNew CaledoniaCultural contacts the third dimension Forsters prismConversational silences Boswell and Cook

  • Islands of Empire: the binaries of colonialismR. M. BallantyneCoral IslandMerchantsJames MathesonMissionariesFormosa & South SeasTravel writersIsabella Bird

  • The Binaries of Colonialism: R. L. StevensonBackgroundEdinburghLighthousesScott & Balantyne

    Scottish IslandsTreasure IslandKidnappedLandscapes of memory

  • The Binaries of Colonialism: R. L. StevensonSouth Seas IslandsThe Beach of FalesaThe Foreigner at Home

  • 20th Century Islands: engaging modernityisland essentialismCeltic Twilightoutpost islandsthe distilled nationexotic into comicWhisky Galoremyths into caricatureisland retreatsThe island problem

  • 21st century: Selkirks LegacyCrusoesRobinson Crusoe Taiwan 2004postmodernity/late capitalism

    CastawaysRobinson Crusoe IslandCastaway Islandbranding the Hebrides

    cultural capital

  • 1704 2004:post-voyage reflections

    Perspectivethe peculiarity of the Scottish prismCultural ontology of islandsthe making of islands, islanders, islandnesscultural cargoesCultural transmissionlandfalls of empiretexts of colonialism

  • Changing Islands Changing Worlds cultural landscapes cultural identities sustainable communitiescomparative island studiesbrokerage and outputs

    Director: Lin Cheng-sheng Robinson Crusoe 2003 depicts the deep emptiness that a man living in Taipei experiences. - disrupted city life (Cows + Followers Taiwanese new wave) - . It is a tale of a wealthy real-estate broker, Robinson, who is eager to buy Crusoe Island off a real estate website. As his personal and business life disintregrates As the situation gets worse, Robinson becomes more obsessed with the idea of leaving for Crusoe Island in cyberspace. Like characters in Michelangelo Antonioni's films, those depicted here aimlessly wander due to their loss of lifetime goals. They are burdened with unbearable and extreme solitude and boredom. What makes Robinson Crusoe different form other modernist films is the depth of instability of the character's mind. The more the film delves into the characters minds, the more it affects the minds of viewers. [pic is Leon Dai, well-known in Taiwan]

    "Time means nothing here. At home our lives are regimented by time" a Castaway 2000 member quoted on the Culture Hebrides website."People think of Great Britain as one big overcrowded concrete jungle but then you come to somewhere like this and see that it is almost a wilderness. producer of Rocket Post 2001