The Iconography of Landscape
Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments
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Iconography of Landscape by Denis E. Cosgrove
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521389150
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Denis E. Cosgrove
High Places, Paperback (October 2008)
High mountains, polar expanses, volcanic peaks are exciting and special environments. This book explores different aspects of these environments - disorientation, exploration, native knowledge, polar research. It is suitable for geographers, historians of science, and those interested in polar/mountain studies, landscape, culture and environment.
Geography and Vision, Paperback (April 2008)
Provides a series of personal reflections on the complex connections between seeing, imagining and representing the world geographically. This book contains essays which draw upon pictorial images to explore the varied ways in which the earth, and at times the heavens beyond, have been both imagined and represented as a place of human habitation.
Mappings, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Denis E. Cosgrove
In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. This title explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered.
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