The Iconography of Landscape : Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography N (Reprint)

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The Iconography of Landscape : Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography N (Reprint)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 320 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521389150
  • DDC分類 910


New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1987.

Full Description

The Iconography of Landscape, first published in 1988, draws together fourteen scholars from diverse disciplines across the humanities and social sciences to explicate the status of landscape as a cultural image, 'a pictorial way of representing, structuring or symbolising surroundings'. By applying the art-historical method of iconography - interpreting levels of meaning in human artifacts - to landscapes on paper or canvas, in literary form or on its ground, its contributors show how landscape is an important mode of human signification, informed by, and itself informing, social, cultural and political issues. The range of examples is wide in terms of medium, period and place. It covers poetry and promotional literature, architectural design and urban ceremonial, maps and paintings. The historical periods discussed include sixteenth-century Italy, eighteenth-century England, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scotland and twentieth-century Canada. The book is introduced by the editors' discussion of the meanings of landscape and of the iconographic method in the context of contemporary theoretical and methodological debates on culture and society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: iconography and landscape Stephen
Daniels and Denis Cosgrove
1. The geography of Mother Nature Peter Fuller
2. The evocative symbolism of trees Douglas
3. The political iconography of woodland in
later Georgian England Stephen Daniels
4. Places and dwellings: Wordsworth, Clare and
the anti-picturesque John Lacas
5. Art and agrarian change, 1710-1815 Hugh
6. 'Fields of radiance': the scientific and
industrial scenes of Joseph Wright David Fraser
7. The privation of history: Landseer, Victoria
and the Highland myth Trevor P. Pringle
8. The iconography of nationhood in Canadian
art Brian S. Osborne
9. Rhetoric of the western interior: modes of
environmental description in American
promotional literature of the nineteenth
century G. Malcolm Lewis
10. Symbolism, 'ritualism' and the location of
crowds in early nineteenth-century English
towns Mark Harrison
11. Symbol of the Second Empire: cultural
politics and the Paris Opera House Penelope
12. The sphinx in the north: egyptian
influences on landscape, architecture and
interior design in eighteenth- and
nineteenth-century Scotland Eric Grant
13. The geometry of landscape: practical and
speculative arts in sixteenth-century Venetian
land territories Denis Cosgrove
14. Maps, knowledge, and power J. B. Harley