Surveying The Interior: Literary Cartographers and The Sense Of Place

Surveying The Interior: Literary Cartographers and The Sense Of Place

by Rick Van Noy


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From the very beginning, American literature was closely intertwined with surveying. In Surveying the Interior, Rick Van Noy explores the ways that four American literary cartographers -- Henry David Thoreau, Clarence King, John Wesley Powell, and Wallace Stegner -- concerned themselves with what it means to map or survey a place and what it means to write about it. In the process, he helps to define the ways by which space enters the human psyche as definable place, as well as the ways by which physical landscape is transmuted -- through the vagaries of human perception, representative processes, and emotion -- into a sense of place as an intimate, personal manifestation of both physical and existential realities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874175738
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: Environmental Arts and Humanities Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxiii
1Introduction: Surveying the Height of Our Mountains, the Country of Our Mind1
2Surveying the Strange: Henry David Thoreau's Intelligence of Place38
3Mapping the Mirage: Clarence King's Impressions of Place73
4Surveying the Sublime: John Wesley Powell's Representations of Place100
5Geography of Repose: Wallace Stegner's Middle Ground142
6Conclusion: "A Map of Connextion"171
Works Cited199

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