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Landscape History and Theory: from Subject Matter to Analytic Tool

Birksted, Jan Kenneth; (2004) Landscape History and Theory: from Subject Matter to Analytic Tool. Landscape Review , 8 (2) pp. 4-28. Green open access


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This essay explores how landscape history can engage methodologically with the adjacent disciplines of art history and visual/cultural studies. Central to the methodological problem is the mapping of the beholder � spatially, temporally and phenomenologically. In this mapping process, landscape history is transformed from subject matter to analytical tool. As a result, landscape history no longer simply imports and applies ideas from other disciplines but develops its own methodologies to engage and influence them. Landscape history, like art history, thereby takes on a creative cultural presence. Through that process, landscape architecture and garden design regain the cultural power now carried by the arts and museum studies, and has an effect on the innovative capabilities of contemporary landscape design.

Type: Article
Title: Landscape History and Theory: from Subject Matter to Analytic Tool
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Publisher version not available via DOI. Only available electronically through subscription via EBSCO.
Keywords: Interdisciplinary, Rhetoric, Representation, Time, Space, Focalisation, Narrative
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5001
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