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Duncan, James S.
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Writing Worlds (häftad)

Writing Worlds

Discourse, Text and Metaphor in the Representation of Landscape

Häftad Engelska, 1991-12-01
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The purpose of this book is to explore issues of geographical description from a poststructuralist sensibility. Focusing on landscape representation, the authors organize their discussion of geographical writings around the three themes of discourse, text and metaphor. Each theme is used as a potential entry point into understanding the shape and substance of particular kinds of geographical writings: the discourse of economics, geopolitics and urban planning, travellers' descriptions, propaganda maps, cartography and geometry, poetry and painting. Representation of the landscape - city, countryside or wilderness - are not mimetic, rather they are a product of the nature of the discourse in which the text is written. Though the landscape representations explored by the authors varies considerably - travellers' accounts of Niagara Falls to Turner's painting of Leeds - each is a written world within a discrete discourse. These essays all participate in the ongoing project of deconstructing geographical discourse to explore the dynamics of power in the representation of landscape. This book should be of interest to students and lecturers in geography, cultural studies and sociology.
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List of Contributors Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Introduction: Writing Worlds Trevor J. Barnes and James S. Duncan 2. Ideology and Bliss: Roland Barthes and the Secret Histories of Landscape James S. Duncan and Nancy G. Duncan 3. The Implications of Industry: Turner and Leeds Stephen Daniels 4. Reading the Text of Niagara Falls: The Metaphor of Death Patrick McGreevy 5. The Slightly Different Thing that is Said: Writing the Aesthetic Experience Jonathan Smith 6. Lines of Power Gunnar Olsson 7. Ways of Life in the Twentieth Century; Rethinking Solid Ground in the Social Sciences Michael R. Curry 8. Reading the Texts of Economic Geography: The Role of Physical and Biological Metaphors Trevor J. Barnes 9. Metaphor, Geopolitical Discourse and the Military in South America Leslie W. Hepple 10. Foreign Policy and the Hyperreal: The Reagan Administration and the Scripting of `South Africa' Gearoid O Tuathail 11. Portland's Comprehensive Plan as Text: The Fred Meyer Case and the Politics of Reading Judith Kenny 12. Texts, Hermeneutics and Propaganda Maps John Pickles 13. Deconstructing the Map J. B. Harley 14. Afterword James S. Duncan and Trevor J. Barnes.