Paperback Critical Views (Reaktion Books)

Edited by Denis E. Cosgrove, Contributions by Jerry Brotton, Contributions by Paul Douglas Carter, Contributions by Michael Charlesworth, Contributions by James Corner, Contributions by Wystan Curnow, Contributions by Christian Jacob, Contributions by Luciana de Lima Martins, Contributions by David Matless, Contributions by Armand Mattelart


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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 20mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861890214
  • ISBN 13: 9781861890214
  • Illustrations note: 63 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 382,017

Product description

This title is presented with essays by Jerry Brotton, Paul Carter, Michael Charlesworth, James Corner, Wystan Curnow, Christian Jacob, Luciana de Lima Martins, David Matless, Armand Mattelart, Lucia Nuti and Alessandro Scafi. "Mappings" explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered. How have maps and mapping served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds? How has the practice of mapping shaped modern seeing and knowing? In what ways do contemporary changes in our experience of the world alter the meanings and practice of mapping, and vice versa? In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. The map's spatial fixity, its capacity to frame, control and communicate knowledge through combining image and text, and cartography's increasing claims to scientific authority, make mapping at once an instrument and a metaphor for rational understanding of the world. Among the topics the authors investigate are projective and imaginative mappings; mappings of terraqueous spaces; mapping and localism at the 'chorographic' scale; and, mapping as personal exploration.

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Author information

Denis Cosgrove is Professor in Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London and is the author of The Palladian Landscape (1993).

Table of contents

Notes on the Editor and Contributors Introduction: Mapping Meaning by Denis Cosgrove 1. Mapping in the Mind: The Earth from Ancient Alexandria Christian Jacob 2. Mapping Eden: Cartographies of the Earthly Paradise Allessandro Scafi 3. Terrestrial Globalism: Mapping the Globe in Early Modern Europe Jerry Brotton 4. Mapping Places: Chorography and Vision in the Renaissance Lucia Nuti 5. Mapping, the Body and Desire: Christopher Packe's Chorography of Kent Michael Charlesworth 6. Dark with Excess of Bright: Mapping the Coastlines of Knowledge Paul Carter 7. Mapping the Tropical Waters: British Views and Visions of Rio de Janeiro Luciana de Lima Martins 8. Mapping Modernity: Utopia and Communications Networks Armand Mattelart 9. The Uses of Cartographic Literacy: Mapping, Survey and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Britain David Matless 10. The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention James Corner 11. Mapping and the Expanded Field of Contemporary Art Wystan Curnow References Bibliography Photographic Acknowledgements Index