Mapping The Invisible Landscape
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- Mapping The Invisible Landscape
- Folklore, Writing and the Sense of Place
- 'Ryden, Kent C'
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- University of Iowa Press
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How do we know where we are? This is the deceptively simple question that forms the theme of Kent Ryden's book.
In much of North America and beyond it is in our stories that we locate place most powerfully. It is our lore, our written tales, our essays of place that succeed most of all in giving sense to place and thus in nurturing our inner sense of place.
This book is about the words that we superimpose on landscapes...that complex of meaning that gives a landscape significance in the eyes of those who inhabit it
We mark the landscape by a multitude of means.
Borders and boundaries...imply a transition between realms of experience, states of being.
The author was awarded the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize in 1991 for an earlier version of this book.
Forward by Wayne Franklin