The Language of Landscape

The Language of Landscape

by Anne Whiston Spirn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300082940

ISBN-13: 9780300082944

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

This eloquent and powerful book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language oflandscape and thereby to avoid making profound aesthetic and environmental mistakes inlandscape design. Using examples that range across thousands of years and fivecontinents, Anne Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes and calls for changein the way we shape and

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This eloquent and powerful book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language oflandscape and thereby to avoid making profound aesthetic and environmental mistakes inlandscape design. Using examples that range across thousands of years and fivecontinents, Anne Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes and calls for changein the way we shape and respond to them. "This remarkable book urges readers to understand the common language of landscapewhich speaks to all our senses every day. Primitive peoples lived closely within thelandscape and instinctively understood that landscape was the source and matrix of theirlives. Anne Spirn strives to describe the permutations of this shared language as a resourceto enrich modern man's dialogue with nature as well as with the man madelandscape."--Lawrence Halprin, Fellow of the Americna Society of Landscape Architects "Anne Whiston Spirn brings to her reading of landscapes the eye of an artist, the mind of ascholar, and the pen of a gifted writer. What she has produced is nothing less than a fieldguide for all who share her belief that the language of landscape is among the richest andmost meaningful that any of us can ever hope to understand. The result is a triumph. Thereare a few books that have the power to change the way one sees the world. This is one ofthem."--William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography,and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison "Landscape speaks to us. But how? Anne Spirn's superb and unique achievement is tospell out the "how" so that we can better understand landscape's variant dialects--itsdistinctive personalities--and respondintelligently, with appropriate emotion."--Yi-FuTuan, emeritus professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082944
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
902,584
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(7)
Prologue: The Yellowwood and the Forgotten Creek 10(5)
One "Nature's Infinite Book": The Language of Landscape
Dwelling and Tongue: The Language of Landscape
15(12)
Survival and Imagination: Reading and Telling the Meanings of Landscape
27(20)
Artful Telling, Deep Reading: The Literature of Landscape
47(38)
Two "Without Form and Void" to "Heaven and Earth": Landscape Composition
Is a Path Like a Noun, Flowing Like a Verb? Elements of Landscape and Language
85(48)
Dynamic Weaving, Fabric of Stories: Shaping Landscape Context
133(35)
Rules of Context: Landscape Grammar
168(23)
Three Using the Language of Landscape: Pragmatics, Poetics, and Polemics
Shaping: Pragmatics of Landscape Expression
191(25)
A Rose Is Rarely Just a Rose: Poetics of Landscape
216(24)
Polemical Landscapes
240(27)
Epilogue: Reimagining Mill Creek 267(6)
Notes 273(15)
Sources 288(23)
Acknowledgments 311(4)
Index 315

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