In mid-twentieth-century Britain, an archaeological vision of the British landscape reassured and enchanted a number of writers, artists, photographers, and film-makers. From John Piper, Eric Ravilious and Shell guide books, to photographs of bomb damage, aerial archaeology, and The Wizard of Oz, Kitty Hauser delves into these evocative interpretations and looks at how they affected the way the landscape was seen.
About the Author
Kitty Hauser is a historian of visual and material culture who has written for publications including the New Left Review, the Burlington Magazine, and the London Review of Books. Previously a research fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, she has also taught at the London College of Fashion and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. She is currently Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.
Table of Contents
The Archaeological Imagination
Tracing the Trace: Photography, the Index, and the Limits of Representation
Reading Antiquity, Mapping History
Revenants in the Landscape: The Discoveries of Aerial Archaeology
A Tale of Two Cities
Appendix: John Piper's 'Papers from Antiquity'