Escapism / Edition 1

Escapism / Edition 1

by Yi-Fu Tuan
     
 

In prehistoric times, our ancestors began building shelters and planting crops in order to escape from nature's harsh realities. Today, we flee urban dangers for the safer, reconfigured world of suburban lawns and parks. According to geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, people have always sought to escape in one way or another, sometimes foolishly, often creatively and

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Overview

In prehistoric times, our ancestors began building shelters and planting crops in order to escape from nature's harsh realities. Today, we flee urban dangers for the safer, reconfigured world of suburban lawns and parks. According to geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, people have always sought to escape in one way or another, sometimes foolishly, often creatively and ingeniously. Glass-tower cities, suburbs, shopping malls, Disneyland—all are among the most recent monuments in our efforts to escape the constraints and uncertainties of life—ultimately, those imposed by nature. "What cultural product," Tuan asks, "is not escape?" In his new book, the capstone of a celebrated career, Tuan shows that escapism is an inescapable component of human thought and culture.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801865404
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/07/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Earth / Nature and Culture2
2Animality / Its Covers and Transcendence29
3People / Disconnectedness and Indifference78
4Hell / Imagination's Distortions and Limitations111
5Heaven / The Real and the Good151
Notes205
Acknowledgments233
Illustration Credits235
Index237

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