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This course focuses on several themes in
contemporary human geography: the analysis of ordinary, day-to-day
environments; public memory and commemoration; emblems of power
and authority; tourism; gendered environments; race and landscape;
and media representations of place. These themes all relate
to a rich tradition of landscape studies in geography--the careful, systematic and
often critical examination of the way humans modify and transform
environments through time and across space at a variety of scales.
In this course we will be concentrating on:
1) Monuments, memory and the politics of place. Here we will focus on examining the social, political and cultural dynamics of public memorials, as well as the tensions underlying the marking of some events of violence and tragedy. We will set this discussion in the context of broader debate about the politics of public space, gender, and the politics of memory. Also considered will be gender2) Racialized landscapes in time and space. This theme relates to the way that Japanese American, Chinese American, African American and Native American history are marked and remembered in landscape. Considerable change is currently underway and we will look at some of the important sites now in debate.
4) Place and
place-making in literature and film. Media
representations of space and place are a major ways people learn
about the world. Though we will consider how place is
portrayed in a range of media, including advertising, photography,
landscape painting, and poetry, we will spend more time
investigating literature and film.
research, writing and presentational skills. As part of
the class, we will also be working in the web as a research,
analysis and presentational tool. You will create web pages,
map mashups, and presentations.
2) Creating a map mashup of a section of the Green Guide (20%)
A. Monuments, memorials and the inscription of meaning (due 23 May)
B. Your choice of: i) Mapping tourism and tourist guides or ii) Place and place-making in film and literature (due 1 June)
We will be using a variety of
paper and digital sources in class. I have scanned a
number of articles and book chapters and put them on e-reserve.
The is only one book I'd
like you to buy and read and it can be purchased bookstore or
an online bookseller. Look around for used copies.
Foote, Kenneth. 2003. Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy, revised edition. Austin: University of Texas Press..
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