Postmodern Cartographies: The Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture

Postmodern Cartographies: The Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture

by Brian Jarvis


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The geographical imagination is increasingly recognized as a critical component in contemporary American culture. In this original, interdisciplinary study, Brian Jarvis offers an examination of "new geography" and "mapping the boy," alongside a critique of dominant definitions of postmodernism. Postmodern Cartographies explores spatial representation in a range of texts from social sciences, prose fiction and cinema. It surveys the geography of post-industrial society as advance in the work of Daniel Bell, Marshal McLuhan and Jean Baudrillard; analyzes representations of space in novels by Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, Jayne Anne Phillips and Toni Morrison; and, in a key third section, examines sexual politics and body images in science fiction cinema and the films of David Lynch. Jarvis demonstrates an essential continuity between the geographical imagination expressed in so-called postmodern culture and that evident in previous phases in the history of spatial representation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312213459
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 06/28/1998
Edition description: REV
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Brian Jarvis lectures in American Literature at Loughborough University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Brief History of Space
Postindustrial Landscapes: Space and the Social Sciences
• All's Well in the Warfare State: Daniel Bell
• How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mediascape: Marshall McLuhan
• Everything Solid Melts into Signs: Jean Baudrillard
• Mapping on the Left: Jameson, Harvey, Soja, Davis
Plotting Postmodern Landscapes: Space and Fiction
• Notes from Underground: Thomas Pynchon
• Reflections on the "City of Glass:" Paul Auster
• Machinescapes/Dreamscapes: Jayne Anne Phillips
• Burbaning Down the House: Toni Morrison
Landscapes on the Screen: Space and Film
• Mapping the City of the Future: Blade Runner
• Mapping the Body (I): Alien, Gynophobia and the Corporal Cartography of Consumerism
• Mapping the Body (II): The Terminator, T2 and Testosterone Topography
• Cherry-Pie Heaven: David Lynch
• Conclusion: From Geographies of Abjection to the mundus
• Bibliography
• Filmography
• Index

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