Geography and Vision: Imagination, Landscape, Mapping

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Overview

Geography and Vision is a series of personal reflections by leading cultural geographer, Denis Cosgrove, on the complex connections between seeing, imagining and representing the world geographically. Ranging historically from the sixteenth century to the present day, the essays include reflections upon discovery and the role of imagination in giving it meaning; colonisation and sixteenth century gardening; the shaping of American landscapes; wilderness, imperial mappings and masculinity; urban cartography and utopian visions; conceptions of the Pacific; the cartography of John Ruskin; and the imaginative grip of the Equator. Extensively illustrated, this engaging work reveals the richness and complexity of the geographical imagination as expressed over the past five centuries.

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‘A richly evocative set of meditations on landscape and vision by a master craftsman. The essay format – a much neglected literary form in contemporary human geography – suits Cosgrove to perfection as he sketches and speculates, provokes and probes. Across myriad times and spaces, he displays for us the kaleidoscope of meanings that we humans have attached to the terrestrial sphere. Each essay is a delightful creation fashioned by an artist whose eye is informed throughout by a profound geographical sensibility.’ -- David Livingstone, OBE, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History, Queen’s University, Belfast

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438472
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: International Library of Human Geography Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 762,597
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Denis Cosgrove was Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Geography at the University of California Los Angeles. A founding editor of the journal Ecumene (now Cultural Geographies ), his previous books include The Palladian Landscape (1993), Social Formations and Symbolic Landscape (2nd edn 1998), Mappings (editor, 1999) and Apollo's Eye (2001), which won the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award in Geography & Earth Sciences. He is co-editor, with Veronica della Dora, of High Places: Cultural Geographies of Mountains, Ice and Science (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming).

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Table of Contents

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Introduction Landscape, map and vision 1

I Geographic and cosmological visions 13

1 Geography and vision 15

2 Extra-terrestrial geography 34

II Landscape visions: Europe 49

3 Gardening the Renaissance world 51

4 Mapping Arcadia 68

III Landscape visions: America 85

5 Measures of America 87

6 Wilderness, habitable earth and the nation 104

IV John Ruskin: vision, landscape and mapping 119

7 The morphological eye 121

8 Ruskin's European visions 135

V Cartographic visions 153

9 Moving maps 155

10 Carto-city 169

VI Metageographic visions 183

11 Seeing the Pacific 185

12 Seeing the Equator 203

Notes 219

Index 249

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