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Cosgrove, Denis E.
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London : Reaktion Books, 1999.
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viii, 311 pages : illustrations, maps, plans, 24 cm.
Mapping in the mind: the Earth from ancient Alexandria / Christian Jacob -- Mapping Eden: cartographies of the earthly paradise / Alessandro Scafi -- Terrestrial globalism: mapping the globe in early modern Europe / Jerry Brotton -- Mapping places: chorography and vision in the renaissance / Lucia Nuti -- Mapping, the body and desire: Christopher Packe's chorography of Kent / Michael Charlesworth -- Dark with excess of bright: mapping the coastlines of knowledge / Paul Carter -- Mapping tropical waters: British views and visions of Rio de Janeiro / Luciana de Lima Martins -- Mapping modernity: utopia and communications networks / Armand Mattelart -- The uses of cartographic literacy: mapping, survey and citizenship in twentieth-century Britain / David Matless -- The agency of mapping: speculation, critique and invention / James Corner -- Mapping and the expanded field of contemporary art / Wystan Curnow.
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Mappings explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered. How have maps and mapping served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds? How has the practice of mapping shaped modern seeing and knowing? In what ways do contemporary changes in our experience of the world alter the meanings and practice of mapping, and vice versa?

In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. The map's spatial fixity, its capacity to frame, control and communicate knowledge through combining image and text, and cartography's increasing claims to scientific authority, make mapping at once an instrument and a metaphor for rational understanding of the world.

Among the topics the authors investigate are projective and imaginative mappings; mappings of terraqueous spaces; mapping and localism at the 'chorographic' scale; and mapping as personal exploration.

With essays by Jerry Brotton, Paul Carter, Michael Charlesworth, James Corner, Wystan Curnow, Christian Jacob, Luciana de Lima Martins, David Matless, Armand Mattelart, Lucia Nuti and Alessandro Scafi

Author Notes

Denis Cosgrove is Professor in Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London and is the author of The Palladian Landscape (1993).

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Library Journal Review

Cosgrove (human geography, Univ. of London) asked 11 prominent international scholars to write essays "in the light of revisioned conceptions of mapping." These new conceptions are not succinctly stated, but they appear to share the expanded definition used in the University of Chicago's "History of Cartography" series: "graphic representations that facilitate a spa[t]ial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes, or events in the human world." The approach is entirely Eurocentric. Topics range from mapping in ancient Alexandria and space-time representation in Medieval "mappaemundi" to "Mapping and the Expanded Field of Contemporary Art." The underlying theme is that in order to enhance human understanding, maps can, and indeed should, be more than mere geometric representations. As Alessandro Scafi notes, European maps since the Renaissance "could no longer claim to constitute a comprehensive space-time image of the cosmos, but only to mirror the surface of the earth at a moment in time." Recommended for academic and larger public libraries with cartographical collections.ÄEdward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.