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The first edition of this book, published in 1994, reshaped the direction of landscape studies by considering landscape not simply as an object to be seen or a text to be read, but as an instrument of cultural force, a central tool in the creation of national and social identities. This second edition adds not only a new preface, but five new essays—from Edward Said, W. J. ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 383 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 16th 1994)
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Marty
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic anthology of critical geography from the mid 90's. Overall a critique of landscape as system of representation. Many great contributions esp. W.J.T. Mitchell's "Imperial Landscape", Joel Snyder's "Territorial Photography" and Edward Said's "Invention, Memory and Place".

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Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ancillary-exam
At its best when discussing the way ideology constructs actual landscapes, what "views" occlude. Missing agents in many contributions
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Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book! Particularly the essays by Said and Mitchell. I love Mitchell's assertion that landscape is a verb and should be considered a discipline of art.
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William J Thomas Mitchell is a professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. Editor of the journal Critical Inquiry.

His monographs, Iconology (1986) and Picture Theory (1994), focus on media theory and visual culture. He draws on ideas from Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx to demonstrate that, essentially, we must consider pictures to be living things. His collection of essays What
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