Symbolic Landscapes

Editors: Backhaus, Gary, Murungi, John (Eds.)

  • Covers a wide-range of examples or cases
  • Contributes to a widely-respected, but under-published area of human/cultural geography as well as the growing interest in place across the disciplines
  • Makes a case for the study of symbolism as essential to landscape/place studies
  • Offers a lived-geography (experiential) component that heightens interest
  • Develops new ways to approach symbolism through an interdisciplinary focus
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Symbolic Landscapes presents a definitive collection of landscape/place studies that explores symbolic, cultural levels of geographical meanings. Essays written by philosophers, geographers, architects, social scientists, art historians, and literati, bring specific modes of expertise and perspectives to this transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary study of the symbolic level human existential spatiality. Placing emphasis on the pre-cognitive genesis of symbolic meaning, as well as embodied, experiential (lived) geography, the volume offers a fresh, quasi-phenomenological approach.

The editors articulate the epistemological doctrine that perception and imagination form a continuum in which both are always implicated as complements. This approach makes a case for the interrelation of the geography of perception and the geography of imagination, which means that human/cultural geography offers only an abstraction if indeed an aesthetic geography is constituted merely as a sub-field. Human/cultural geography can only approach spatial reality through recognizing the intimate interrelative dialectic between the imaginative and perceptual meanings of our landscapes/place-worlds. This volume reinvigorates the importance of the topic of symbolism in human/cultural geography, landscape studies, philosophy of place, architecture and planning, and will stand among the classics in the field.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction I The Problematic of Grounding the Significance of Symbolic Landscapes

    Backhaus, Gary

    Pages 3-31

  • The Road to Indian Wells: Symbolic Landscapes in the California Desert

    Zukas, Alex

    Pages 33-63

  • Wilderness as Axis Mundi: Spiritual Journeys on the Appalachian Trail

    Redick, Kip

    Pages 65-90

  • Pu’u Kohola: Spatial Genealogy of a Hawaiian Symbolic Landscape

    Herman, R. D. K.

    Pages 91-108

  • Mythological Landscape and Landscape of Myth: Circulating Visions of Pre-Christian Athos

    Dora, Veronica

    Pages 109-131

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Symbolic Landscapes
Editors
  • Gary Backhaus
  • John Murungi
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8703-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8703-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8702-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7959-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 400
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