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Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds
Geography and the Humanities

ISBN 9780415589789
Published May 2, 2011 by Routledge
360 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The past decade has witnessed a remarkable resurgence in the intellectual interplay between geography and the humanities in both academic and public circles. The metaphors and concepts of geography now permeate literature, philosophy and the arts. Concepts such as space, place, landscape, mapping and territory have become pervasive as conceptual frameworks and core metaphors in recent publications by humanities scholars and well-known writers.

Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds contains over twenty-five contributions from leading scholars who have engaged this vital intellectual project from various perspectives, both inside and outside of the field of geography. The book is divided into four sections representing different modes of examining the depth and complexity of human meaning invested in maps, attached to landscapes, and embedded in the spaces and places of modern life. The topics covered range widely and include interpretations of space, place, and landscape in literature and the visual arts, philosophical reflections on geographical knowledge, cultural imagination in scientific exploration and travel accounts, and expanded geographical understanding through digital and participatory methodologies. The clashing and blending of cultures caused by globalization and the new technologies that profoundly alter human environmental experience suggest new geographical narratives and representations that are explored here by a multidisciplinary group of authors.

This book is essential reading for students, scholars, and interested general readers seeking to understand the new synergies and creative interplay emerging from this broad intellectual engagement with meaning and geographic experience.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Mapping  1. Why America is Called America  2. Above the Dead Cities  3. Digital Cartographies and Medieval Geographies  4. Mapping the Taboo  5. ‘Choros, Chora’ and the Question of Landscape  6. Thematic Cartography and the Study of American History  Part 2: Reflecting  7. Do Places Have Edges? A Geo-Philosophical Inquiry  8. Race, Mobility and the Humanities: A Geosophical Approach  9. The World in Plain View  10. Courtly Geography: Nature, Authority and Civility in Early Eighteenth Century France  11. Darwinian Landscapes  12. Travel and the Domination of Space in the European Imagination  13. The Good Inherit the Earth  Part 3: Representing  14. Putting Pablo Neruda’s ‘Alturas de Machu Picchu’ In Its Places  15. Great Balls of Fire: Envisioning the Brilliant Meteor of 1783  16. Reading Landscapes and Telling Stories: Geography, the Humanities and Environmental History  17. Participatory Historical Geography? Shaping and Failing to Shape Social Memory at an Oklahoma Monument  18. Still-Life, After-Life ‘Nature Morte’: W.G. Sebald and the Demands of Landscape  19. The Texture of Space: Desire and Displacement in Hiroshi Teshigahara’s ‘Woman of the Dunes’  20. Restoration: Synoptic Reflections  21. Overlapping Ambiguities, Disciplinary Perspectives and Metaphors of Looking: Reflections on a Landscape Photograph  Part 4: Performing  22. Inverting Perspective: Icons’ Performative Geographies  23. Literary Geography: The Novel as a Spatial Event  24. Materialising Vision: Performing a High-Rise View  25. Technician of Light: Patrick Geddes and the Optic of Geography  26. Deserted Places, Remote Voices: Performing Landscape  27. Photography and Its Circulations  28. Beyond the Power of Art to Represent?: Narratives and Performances of the Arctic in the 1630s  29. Navigating the Northwest Passage

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Stephen Daniels is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Dydia DeLyser is Associate Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University, USA.

J. Nicholas Entrikin is Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization at the University of Notre Dame.

Douglas Richardson is Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers, USA.




"This book provides powerful evidence of geography’s intellectual and moral affiliations with the humanities. It boasts an impressive cast of contributors, with elegant and compelling essays that show why creativity, imagination and reflection matter to geographers, and why the insights of geography matter to the humanities as never before." Professor Felix Driver, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

"This book strikes a chord in geography by vigorously promoting the significance of the powers of spatial and visual representation in evoking landscapes and places. For the humanities, it elegantly maps the variety of ways in which geographical concepts are helping respond to the so-called crisis of representation by grounding texts, performances, and visual art in landscapes and places." Professor John Agnew, UCLA, USA.

"Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds: Geography and the Humanities is a remarkable and timely edited volume."Journal of Regional Science