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Geography and Vision : Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World - Denis Cosgrove

Geography and Vision

Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World

Paperback Published: 30th April 2008
ISBN: 9781850438472
Number Of Pages: 272

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Geography and Vision is a series of personal reflections by leading cultural geographer, Denis Cosgrove, on the complex connections between seeing, imagining and representing the world geographically.  Ranging historically from the sixteenth century to the present day, the essays include reflections upon discovery and the role of imagination in giving it meaning; colonisation and sixteenth century gardening; the shaping of American landscapes; wilderness, imperial mappings and masculinity; urban cartography and utopian visions; conceptions of the Pacific; the cartography of John Ruskin; and the imaginative grip of the Equator. Extensively illustrated, this engaging work reveals the richness and complexity of the geographical imagination as expressed over the past five centuries. 

‘A richly evocative set of meditations on landscape and vision by a master craftsman. The essay format – a much neglected literary form in contemporary human geography – suits Cosgrove to perfection as he sketches and speculates, provokes and probes. Across myriad times and spaces, he displays for us the kaleidoscope of meanings that we humans have attached to the terrestrial sphere. Each essay is a delightful creation fashioned by an artist whose eye is informed throughout by a profound geographical sensibility.’ -- David Livingstone, OBE, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History, Queen’s University, Belfast

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'Among modern geographers who have re-imagined, re-charged and extended their subject, Denis Cosgrove is pre-eminent, and his understanding of landscape, in particular, the most vital contribution. His essays in Geography and Vision explore how we see, envision and image the world. The range of his chosen topics is both their challenge and their excitement - from Renaissance arcadias to Ruskin's mythopoietic science, from meditations on the invisible Equator to extra-terrestrial cosmography for the twenty-first century, from American nature and urban mapping to the idea of the Pacific as a single geographical region. He manoeuvres nimbly between the facts of people and places and the metaphors that have been made of them. Conceptual complexities negotiate with pictorial images. And the essay form, upon which he meditates and in which he performs so agilely, is the ideal medium for Cosgrove's own mapping of the dialogues between "eyewitness knowledge and interpretation" and the "ideas, hopes and fears of imagined geographies".' - John Dixon Hunt, Professor of the History & Theory of Landscape, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania; 'Geography and Vision presents a compelling account of our imaginative encounter with the world. Through a series of wide-ranging and lucid essays on landscape and mapping, Denis Cosgrove reflects on the complex relations between seeing, imagining and representing the world geographically within the Western tradition. This book highlights the richness and the power of the geographical imagination, exploring the many ways in which it has shaped the cultures and landscapes we inhabit. Superbly crafted and well-illustrated, it will be a key point of reference for scholars across the arts and humanities for years to come.' - Felix Driver, Professor of Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London; 'Wise and illuminating, with broad interdisciplinary appeal, Geography and Vision is a richly rewarding book. A work of wide ranging scholarship in Europe and America, on different periods and places, the book's linked essays address a spectrum of representations, including maps, designs and art works, to explore the power and place of visual knowledge in the geographical imagination. Hopes and fears about nature, environment and globalism are framed in a cultural perspective which is both attentive to particular circumstances and to their place in broader terrestrial and celestial schema. Gracefully written, Geography and Vision keeps in sight humanity's sense of wonder about the world and its workings.' - Stephen Daniels, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham and Director AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introduction: Landscape, map and visionp. 1
Geographic and cosmological visionsp. 13
Geography and visionp. 15
Extra-terrestrial geographyp. 34
Landscape visions: Europep. 49
Gardening the Renaissance worldp. 51
Mapping Arcadiap. 68
Landscape visions: Americap. 85
Measures of Americap. 87
Wilderness, habitable earth and the nationp. 104
John Ruskin: vision, landscape and mappingp. 119
The morphological eyep. 121
Ruskin's European visionsp. 135
Cartographic visionsp. 153
Moving mapsp. 155
Carto-cityp. 169
Metageographic visionsp. 183
Seeing the Pacificp. 185
Seeing the Equatorp. 203
Notesp. 219
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9781850438472
ISBN-10: 1850438471
Series: International Library of Human Geography (Paperback)
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 30th April 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.04 x 16.03  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1