- Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
- Format: Paperback | 312 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 20mm | 399g
- Publication date: 15 April 1998
- Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
- ISBN 10: 0299155145
- ISBN 13: 9780299155148
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 298,828
Hailed as a landmark in its field since its first publication in 1984, Denis E. Cosgrove's "Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape" has been influential beyond geography. It has continued to spark lively debate among historians, geographers, art historians, social theorists, landscape architects, and others interested in the social and cultural politics of landscape. This edition features a new introduction.
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Denis Cosgrove is Professor of Human Geography at the University of London, Royal Holloway, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Texas at Austin. His books include "The Palladian Landscape," "The Iconography of Landscape," "Engineering the Landscape," and "Durability and Change: The Science, Responsibility, and Cost of Sustaining Cultural Heritage."
"Every so often a book is written that has the potential to shift the direction of a subfield. This is just such a book.... [It] is not so much about landscape as it is about the idea of landscape, its portrayal in art, and its origin and development in the West since the Renaissance.... [Cosgrove] sees the idea of landscape not only as 'a way of seeing' but as a profoundly ideological concept that reveals the way classes portray themselves and their world through an imagined relationship with nature."--James S. Duncan, "Annals of the Association of American Geographers"