Postmodern Cartographies

Postmodern Cartographies : The Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture

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In this work, the author addresses ideas and writers from Baudrillard and Jameson to David Lynch and Toni Morrison. He explores how this new geography can illuminate a range of postmodern texts as part of an exploration of the geographical imagination in contemporary American culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215mm | 800g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, notes, references, index
  • 0745312853
  • 9780745312859

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction - a brief history of space. Part 2 Post-industrial landscapes - space and the social sciences: all's well in the warfare state - Daniel Bell; how I learned to stop worrying and love the media - Marshall McLuhan; everything solid melts into signs - Jean Baudrillard; a mapping the left. Part 3 Plotting postmodern landscapes - space and fiction: mapping Jameson's postmodernism; Pynchon's notes from underground; reflections on the "City of Glass" - Paul Auster; remembering "machine dreams" - Jayne Anne Phillips; burning down the house - race and place in Toni Morrison's fiction. Part 4 Reel places - space and cinema: the place of New Age science fiction film; the noir charisma of placelessness - "Blade Runner"; mapping the body (i) - gynophobia and the corporeal cartography of consumerism in "Alien"; mapping the body (ii) - "Terminator", remuscularization and the technology of fathering; David Lynch in cherry-pie heaven; American autoscapes - "Christine", "Thelma and Louise". Part 5 Conclusion - listening to the storied earth.
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About Brian Jarvis

Brian Jarvis lectures in American Literature at Loughborough University. This is his first book.
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