In Search of the Sublime Landscape
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Eight of my books were writ ten and pub lished since my re tire-ment in 1998. I couldn’t pos sibly have done as much with out sunny of fice in which to work—or should I say play?—for it Uni ver sity of Min ne sota Press, the Uni ver sity of Wis con sin Press, and the newly es tab lished George F. Thomp son Press. They have ...
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Coupling “ro man tic” with “geog ra phy” could seem a contra dic tion of terms, for few peo ple now a days see geog ra phy as ro man tic. Down-to-earth, full of com mon sense, nec es sary to sur vi val, yes—but ro man tic? Yet there was a time, not so long ago, when geog ra phy did have glamor, was con sid ered ro man tic. It was the ...
1 - Polarized Values
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What are the po lar ized val ues? They in clude dark ness and light, chaos and order, body and mind, mat ter and spirit, na ture and cul ture, among oth ers. Every cul ture has its own set that is sub tly dif fer ent from those of other cul tures. With all of them, there is a fam ily re sem blance—a sim i lar ev o ca tion of val ues such that one pole con tains the “neg a tives” of dark ness, ...
2 - Earth and Its Natural Environments
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The ro man tic imag i na tion fa vors phe nom ena that are very large or very small rather than those of a mid dle scale. More over, the ro man tic imag i na tion read ily leaps from one ex treme to the next, an ex am ple being in William Blake’s fa mous lines, “To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower.” It may be that all writ ers of a poetic bent as pire to make ...
Interlude: Wholesome but Ordinary
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In Gen e sis, God, after sep ar at ing light from dark ness, gath ered the wa ters to gether into one place and created dry land. On the dry land, God “planted a gar den east ward in Eden.” He then acted as the Di vine Gar dener. “Out of the ground” he made “to grow every tree that is pleas ant to the sight, and good for food. . . . And ...
3 - The City
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The city has ma jesty, one that is achieved by dis tanc ing it self as far as pos sible from bond age to earth. The city began as earth, and it pro ceeded from there by cutting it self from ag ri-cul tu ral roots, civ il iz ing win ter, turn ing night into day, and dis ci-plin ing the sen su ous human body in the inter est of de vel op ing the mind. Hu mans have done all these things such that, in the ...
4 - The Human Being
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Civ il iza tion has pro duced three dis tinc tive human types: aes thete, hero, and saint. All three are in clined to ward a be hav ior or quest that goes be yond, or tres passes, so ci etal norm. The per son stands out from the group, even when, as in the case of the saint, mod esty and selfl ess ness are the dis tin guish ing vir tues. Aes thete, hero, and saint are, in other words, in di vid u al-...
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Let me re ca pit ulate some of the key points. Quest is at the heart of ro mance, but only if it is after some thing truly worthy. The drive for money or rep u ta tion, even if it re quires heavy sac ri fice, does not count. Nor is the drive to sur vive, and since geog ra phy and the so cial sci ences de vote them selves to the art of sur vi val, ...
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Page 31 “Primo Mo bile (Prime Mover),” c. 1465, cour tesy of the Na tional Pages 38–39 “Splen did Moun tain Wa ter color,” by John Singer Sar gent, 1870, the Met ro pol i tan Mu seum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Fran cis Or mond, 1950 Pages 50–51 “Storm at Sea,” by Cap tain Thomas Has tings, Fine Arts Mu seums Pages 64–65 “For est Path,” by Carel Ni co laas Storm van ’ s-Gravesande, c. 1885, ...
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Page Count: 215
Illustrations: 6 b/w illus.
Publication Year: 2013