Maps of the Imagination

The Writer as Cartographer

Author: Peter Turchi

Publisher: Trinity University Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 246

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In Maps of the Imagination, Peter Turchi posits the idea that maps help people understand where they are in the world in the same way that literature, whether realistic or experimental, attempts to explain human realities. The author explores how writers and cartographers use many of the same devices for plotting and executing their work, making crucial decisions about what to include and what to leave out, in order to get from here to there, without excess baggage or a confusing surplus of information. Turchi traces the history of maps, from their initial decorative and religious purposes to their later instructional applications. He describes how maps rely on projections in order to portray a three-dimensional world on the two-dimensional flat surface of paper, which he then relates to what writers do in projecting a literary work from the imagination onto the page.

You Are Here

Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination (Imagined Maps Around the World, Collection of Artists Maps)

Author: Katharine Harmon

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press


Category: Design

Page: 191

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Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists' maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators' willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention. You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.

Maps of the Imagination

Author: David N. Collins

Publisher: iUniverse


Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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Maps Of The Imagination is phantasmagorical journey through the "psychedelic sixties" by a young writer who had an uncanny ability to create images with words. Influenced heavily by the Beat writers of the preceding generation, these writings serve as a titillating "link" between the Beats and their phylogeny of angel-headed hipsters who came of age in the "sixties." Haiku-like in vividness and subject matter, this work presents little vignettes of how life appeared to many of this generation, at a time when war raged abroad, and social convention was being turned on its head, at home. It is destined to serve as an important period piece for this very special time, set, and setting. So get ready to wander through the mindscapes of an America we once knew; the itinerary provided is sufficient to get you there and back in One Peace.

Mapping the Renaissance World

The Geographical Imagination in the Age of Discovery

Author: Frank Lestringant

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Category: History

Page: 216

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This book focuses on the work of the great sixteenth-century traveller and map-maker Andre Thevat and explores the interrelations between representation and power in the age of discovery.

Creating the Mediterranean

Maps and the Islamic Imagination

Author: Tarek Kahlaoui

Publisher: BRILL


Category: Travel

Page: 370

View: 953

In Creating the Mediterranean: Maps and the Islamic Imagination Tarek Kahlaoui treats the subject of the Islamic visual representations of the Mediterranean from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries C.E.

Mapping Mars

Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World

Author: Oliver Morton

Publisher: HarperCollins UK


Category: Mars

Page: 351

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This is a narrative history of the men and women who have explored Mars and mapped its surface from afar, and in so doing conditioned our understanding of our nearest planetary neighbour. The maps of Mars are detailed representations of a land as large as all the continents of the earth combined, yet they are being drawn before any human eye has seen the wonders they contain.

Cartography and the Political Imagination

Mapping Community in Colonial Kenya

Author: Julie MacArthur

Publisher: Ohio University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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After four decades of British rule in colonial Kenya, a previously unknown ethnic name — “Luyia” — appeared on the official census in 1948. The emergence of the Luyia represents a clear case of ethnic “invention.” At the same time, current restrictive theories privileging ethnic homogeneity fail to explain this defiantly diverse ethnic project, which now comprises the second-largest ethnic group in Kenya. In Cartography and the Political Imagination, which encompasses social history, geography, and political science, Julie MacArthur unpacks Luyia origins. In so doing, she calls for a shift to understanding geographic imagination and mapping not only as means of enforcing imperial power and constraining colonized populations, but as tools for articulating new political communities and dissent. Through cartography, Luyia ethnic patriots crafted an identity for themselves characterized by plurality, mobility, and cosmopolitan belonging. While other historians have focused on the official maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the ways African communities adopted and adapted mapping strategies to their own ongoing creative projects. This book marks an important reassessment of current theories of ethnogenesis, investigates the geographic imaginations of African communities, and challenges contemporary readings of community and conflict in Africa.

Map Of A Nation

A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Author: Rachel Hewitt

Publisher: Granta Books


Category: History

Page: 432

View: 370

Map of a Nation tells the story of the creation of the Ordnance Survey map - the first complete, accurate, affordable map of the British Isles. The Ordnance Survey is a much beloved British institution, and Map of a Nation is, amazingly, the first popular history to tell the story of the map and the men who dreamt and delivered it. The Ordnance Survey's history is one of political revolutions, rebellions and regional unions that altered the shape and identity of the United Kingdom over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It's also a deliciously readable account of one of the great untold British adventure stories, featuring intrepid individuals lugging brass theodolites up mountains to make the country visible to itself for the first time.

Faith as Imagination

The Contribution of William F. Lynch, S.J.

Author: Gerald J. Bednar

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Religion

Page: 189

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LynchOs work on the Platonic analogical imagination as instrument and entry into faith gets the attention it merits. Bednar examines LynchOs concepts in detail; the interconnectedness of faith and imagination, the role of imagination in giving new images to faith, the Oironic Christic image, O the difference between imagination in drama and fantasy, the paradigm shift from scholastic to modern understanding of faith. Bednar clears the way for faith as imagination to accommodate conflicting opinions on some significant religious issues

Rethinking the Power of Maps

Author: Denis Wood

Publisher: Guilford Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 335

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A contemporary follow-up to the groundbreaking Power of Maps, this book takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways. Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of mapmaking and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today. Thought-provoking illustrations include U.S. Geological Survey maps; electoral and transportation maps; and numerous examples of critical cartography, participatory GIS, and map art.