Postmodern Cartographies : The Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture
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.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 135 x 215mm | 800g
- 01 Mar 1998
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- bibliography, notes, references, index
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.
About Brian Jarvis
Brian Jarvis lectures in American Literature at Loughborough University. This is his first book.