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Symbolic Landscapes

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ISBN-10: 1402087020

ISBN-13: 9781402087028

Edition: 2009

Authors: Gary Backhaus, John Murungi

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Symbolic Landscapes presents a definitive collection of landscape/place studies that explores symbolic, cultural levels of geographical meanings. Essays written by philosophers, geographers, architects, social scientists, art historians, and literati, bring specific modes of expertise and perspectives to this transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary study of the symbolic level human existential spatiality. Placing emphasis on the pre-cognitive genesis of symbolic meaning, as well as embodied, experiential (lived) geography, the volume offers a fresh, quasi-phenomenological approach. The editors articulate the epistemological doctrine that perception and imagination form a continuum in which…    
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List price: $349.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 11/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Preface
Contributors
List of Figures
Places-Worlds
Introduction I: The Problematic of Grounding the Significance of Symbolic Landscapes
Symbol - Landscapes - Symbolic Landscapes
Semiotics: The Problematic of Defining 'Symbol'
Geographical Literature and Symbolic Landscapes
The Problematic of Defining 'Landscape'
Toward the Geographicity of Symbolic Landscapes: A Phenomenological Grounding
The Leading Clue: Merleau-Ponty's Gestural Theory of Language
Human Behavior: The Field of Meanings that is the Ontological Source for Symbolism
Spatiality
The Spatiality of Sensation as a Gestural Expression
Symbolic Landscapes
New Trends in Cultural Geography
Conclusion
Overview of Part One
The Road to Indian Wells: Symbolic Landscapes in the California Desert
Introduction: Symbolic Landscapes
Confronting Postmodern Symbolic Landscapes in California's Coachella Valley
Confronting Pre-Modern Symbolic Landscapes in the Coachella Valley
Two Ways of Being and Becoming in the California Desert
Conclusion: Thinking About Landscape
Wilderness as Axis Mundi: Spiritual Journeys on the Appalachian Trail
Introduction
Defining Wilderness
The Rise of Wilderness as Symbol in the Intertwining of Lived-Body and Milieu of the Shepherd Nomad
Wilderness as Axis Mundi in Judaic and Christian Scripture
Wilderness and the American Milieu
Wilderness and the Sojourner
Appalachian Trail as a Place of Spiritual Journey
Historical Background
A Pathway through the Wilderness
A Work of Art with Religious Implications
The Experiential Spirituality of the Appalachian Trail
Pilgrims on the Appalachian Trail
Communitas and Liminality in the Intertwining of Lived Body and Milieu
Time
Conclusion
Pu'u Kohola: Spatial Genealogy of a Hawaiian Symbolic Landscape
Introduction
Tides of Time
Layers of Space, Time, and Meaning
Physical Geography
Conquest
The Hawaiian Kingdom and Westernization
American Colonization
The Harbor
Embodying Transformation
Navigating the Present
Mythological Landscape and Landscape of Myth: Circulating Visions of Pre-Christian Athos
Introduction
Xerxes' Canal
Alexander's Mountain
From Emblem to Field
Conclusion
Coda
At Home on the Midway: Carnival Conventions and Yard Space in Gibsonton, Florida
Introduction
Mediated Yard Spaces
Gibsonton's Boot: Ready-to-Wear Signs and Other Systems of Symbolism
Siting Gibsonton
Clearing Space: Town as Midway
Remaking Yard Space as Carnival Midway
Breaking Camp: Gibsonton as 'Lived Symbol' Between Arriving and Departing
Speculative Spaces: At Home in the Front Yard
Crossing the Verge: Roadside Memorial-Perth, Western Australia
Introduction
Location: The Geography of Roadside Memorial Sites
Excavating the Sites
Historical Perspective and the Meaning of Memorials
Ritual and Rite of Passage
Spontaneity of the Sites
Life on "The Avenue": An Allegory of the Street in Early Twenty-First-Century Suburban America
Introduction
From Main Street to Lifestyle Retail Development
An Allegory of the Street
City Monumentality and Urban Amnesia
Suburban Idealization: The Paradox of Private Public Space
Metaphor, Environmental Receptivity, and Architectural Design
Introduction
Metaphor: Redesigning Design and Its Culture
Organism As Bauplan for Architecture
Furnishing Our Primary Inhabitation
Design as Hinge: The Architectonic of the Intraworldly
Extending and Compounding Green Metaphors: Watermark
Entertaining New Vocabularies: Edge/Corridor Effects
Conclusion
Geographical Sensibilities in the Arts
Introduction II: An Apology Concerning the Importance of the Geography of Imagination
Sensibility, Geography, and the Arts
Geographies of the Imagination and Science
The Cartesian Paradigm: Banishing the Imagination from Scientia
The Relevance of the Geographies of the Imagination
Merleau-Ponty's Doctrine of the Imagination
The Artwork
Literature
Painting
Spacings and Human Creativity
Overview of Part Two
Semblance of Sovereignty: Cartographic Possession in Map Cartouches and Atlas Frontispieces of Early Modern Europe
Introduction
The Meaning of Maps
Colonial Possessions
Martial Activities in Europe
Jurisdictional Control
Conclusion
Symbolism and the Interaction of the Real and the Ideal: Scenery in Early-Modern Netherlandish Graphic Art
The Prevailing View in the Art-Historical Research: The Exploration of Realism in Early-Modern Art
Imitation and Invention of Nature in Early-Modern Art
The Real and the Transitory in Early-Modern Landscape Views
Local and Foreign Settings
Cartographic Ambiguities
Conclusion
Traversing One's Space: Photography and the feminine
Introduction
Theoretics and Approaches to Photography
Examples of My Photographic Project
Conclusion
The Philadelphia Flower Show and its Dangerous Sensibilities
Experiential Therapeutics
Symbolizing Experiences of Springtime
Experiential Structure of the Symbolizing Experience
The Dangerous Sensibility
The Physical Layout
The Major Exhibitors: Symbolizing Ideal Landscapes
Characterizing the Artificiality of Place-Worlds
Genius Loci
The Commerciality of Place-Worlds
The Instant Environment Machine
Concluding Remarks
Gardening at a Japanese Garden
Introduction
The Subjective Path
The Objective Path
The Right Path
The Double Pre-Understanding
Face to Face
Handwork-Bodywork
Spatial Activity as Identity
Japaneseness
Concluding Remarks
Symbolic Space: Memory, Narrative, Writing
Introduction
Space in Ancient Mnemonics
Narrative (Kleist: "Das Erdbeben von Chili")
Writing Space
Vienna's Musical Deathscape
Introduction
Joseph Haydn
Overtones of the Deathscape in Documents
The Church and Redemptive Death
Nature's Role in the Deathscape Phenomenon
Vienna and the Question of Suicide
Redemptive Versus Nihilistic Death
Death's Inspiration
The Deaths of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
Conclusion
Crusoe's Island and the Human Estate: Defoe's Existential Geography
Introduction
Robinson Crusoe: Map and Allegory
Are We All Castaways?
Remaking the Land
Ready-to-Hand and One's Own
Of Empire and Technology
Deciphering Crusoe's Geo-Scripting
Enter the Nameless Other
Enter Friday
Defoe's Symbolism: What It Says and How It Works
Index