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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226532054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226532059
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When first published, "Landscape and Power" reshaped the direction of landscape studies, 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 edition adds not only a new preface, but also five new essays-from Edward Said, W. J. T. Mitchell, Jonathan Bordo, Michael Taussig, and Robert Pogue Harrison-extending the scope of the book in remarkable ways.

About the Author

W.J.T. Mitchell, the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, is the editor of Critical Inquiry and author of several books, including The Last Dinosaur Book also published by the University of Chicago Press.


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A really useful selection of essays researching several key elements of 'landscape', such as architecture, urban studies, ideology, nature, culture, science, technology, economy and aesthetics, and how these all relate. The authors are all from different disciplines with different interests. The periods of art analysed range from European Romanticism and the pastoral to contemporary urban design and the photograph.

The book is designed to incite intellectual debate so not all points are to be taken too literally. It is not a light read but a serious philosophical text so perhaps not the most appropriate text for those looking for an introduction to the subject.

Many of these essays are considered key texts in university courses for cultural studies, art history and psychogeography.
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HASH(0x90b41690) out of 5 stars love everything WJT mitchell does 2 May 2014
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He's an absolute genius, and this volume is one of the most compelling things I've ever read. Mitchell's own articles are the best, but there are numerous gems in this book, and there's nothing really like it in the field. Interdisciplinary in the best way. Only tiny quibble is that women and people of color aren't really represented much in the author selection, but the quality of the work is uniformly nonetheless very high, and there's a great piece by Edward Said.
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Basically a heady textbook. Not what I expected.
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