The Iconography of Landscape: Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments / Edition 1

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The Iconography of Landscape draws together fourteen scholars from diverse disciplines to explore the status of landscape as a cultural image. By applying the art-historical method of iconography—interpreting levels of meaning in human artifacts—to landscapes on paper or canvas, in literary form or on the ground, its contributors show how landscape is an important mode of human signification, informed by, and itself informing social, cultural and political issues. The range of examples is wide in terms of medium, period and place. It covers poetry and promotional literature, architectural design and urban ceremonial maps and paintings; the historical periods discussed range from sixteenth-century Italy to twentieth-century Canada. The book is introduced by the editors' discussion of the meanings of landscape and of the iconographic method in the context of contemporary theoretical and methodological debate on culture and society.

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" enlightening, interdisciplinary book that fulfills and perhaps even exceeds their aims. Not only does the Iconography of Landscape offer a 'deep' reading of landscape images, in the end it also suggests that the definition of landscape may be as 'flickering' and 'unstable' as its interpretations." Andrea Kahn in Design Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521389150
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2013
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography Series, #9
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,412,487
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: iconography and landscape Stephen Daniels and Denis Cosgrove; 1. The geography of Mother Nature Peter Fuller; 2. The evocative symbolism of trees Douglas Davies; 3. The political iconography of woodland in later Georgian England Stephen Daniels; 4. Places and dwellings: Wordsworth, Clare and the anti-picturesque John Lacas; 5. Art and agrarian change, 1710–1815 Hugh Prince; 6. 'Fields of radiance': the scientific and industrial scenes of Joseph Wright David Fraser; 7. The privation of history: Landseer, Victoria and the Highland myth Trevor P. Pringle; 8. The iconography of nationhood in Canadian art Brian S. Osborne; 9. Rhetoric of the western interior: modes of environmental description in American promotional literature of the nineteenth century G. Malcolm Lewis; 10. Symbolism, 'ritualism' and the location of crowds in early nineteenth-century English towns Mark Harrison; 11. Symbol of the Second Empire: cultural politics and the Paris Opera House Penelope Woolf; 12. The sphinx in the north: egyptian influences on landscape, architecture and interior design in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scotland Eric Grant; 13. The geometry of landscape: practical and speculative arts in sixteenth-century Venetian land territories Denis Cosgrove; 14. Maps, knowledge, and power J. B. Harley; Index.

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