An accessible and groundbreaking text that takes a fresh view of contemporary geographical issues by looking at the geographies we have lost.
Geography means writing about the world. Alternative ways of writing about the world are introduced and critically evaluated. The book discusses medieval cosmologies, Renaissance magic, feng shui, and the knowledge systems of indigenous people. Alternative Geographies provides an alternative way of looking, describing and understanding the world
Figures; Introduction; The Myth of Erisichthon. 1. From Cosmography to Geography; Ptolemy's Cosmography; The Arabic Influence; Renaissance Cosmologies; The Reordering of Things. 2. A Heart-shaped World; Cartography and the Renaissance; Cordiform Maps. 3. Ancient Geographies; Feng Shui; Geomancy. 4. The speaking Land; Trickster Digures; Alternative Notions of Time and Space; The Speaking Land; The Wandering Ground. 5. Postscript: Alternative Geographies, New Cosmologies; A Connected World; A Matter of Method; Celestial and Terrestrial; Macrocosm- Microcosm; Space and Place.