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Landscapes of Detectorists considers the BBC TV programme’s engagement with landscape, its ecological resonances, and its attention to place and identity.

The book offers four distinct geographical readings of Detectorists: Innes M. Keighren attends to the sensory, technological, and emotional interpretation of landscape; Isla Forsyth examines the relationship between objec
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 19th 2020 by Uniformbooks
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Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I am normally late to most things, but by the time that I had noticed the buzz about the Detectorists the final series had ended. Thankfully BBC4 repeated them and recorded them to watch at some point in the future. Not sure how it happened, but I had some spare time one evening and sat down to watch the first episode from the first series and before I knew it I had watched four of them. I had finished watching them all a couple of nights later.

To say I loved it would be an understatement, Maken
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Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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There isn’t a chapter in this book that doesn’t have something to intrigue and delight. I do think you need to be a fan of the television series but that in itself is no bad thing! We look at the writing of the series, its cartography, its passions; essays look at gender the “unashamed groundedness “ of the series and the hobby it portrays. Characters are given voice and substance as well as being subject to critical overview. Each essay is informed, lively, readable; I am going to enjoy followi ...more
Stefan Szczelkun
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Having been a fan of the comedy series I got this book from Uniformbooks as soon as it came out. It didn't disappoint; with writing from two for the shows creators and essays by four academics who considered the series froth e points of view of landscape interpretation, disquieting geographies, gender roles and hobbies. It was notable as giving 'serious thought' to a series that was about working class culture that was in itself light hearted and undermining stereotypes of machismo and shallow i ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If, like me, you found yourself enjoying the BAFTA Award winning series, Detectorists but couldn't put into words the reason you loved it, then this book does exactly that.
Written and edited in an accessible, popular academic style by a team of passionate cultural geographers from leading UK universities, this books explores various landscape themes touched on throughout the series with both passion, attention to detail and humour.
A complimentary and thought-provoking companion to the series, ev
John Fulton
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A superb collection of essays about the BBC comedy series Detectorists. Innes M. Keighren covers the different ways of interpreting landscapes, from instinctive hunches to rigorous research. Isla Forsyth writes about the litter of everyday life that detectorists dig up, and how it both illuminates the past and provides a “meditation on the fleeting nature of the present”. Andrew Harris discusses the verticality of the landscapes in a show where our heroes have their gaze firmly fixed on the grou ...more
Wayne Marsh
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A selection of insightful essays relating to the programme. The essay on masculinity was the surprise highlight.
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I am a historical geographer with research interests in geography’s disciplinary and discursive histories, in book history, and in the history of science. I am Reader in Historical Geography in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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