Poetry, Space, Landscape: Toward a New Theory by Chris FitterPoetry, Space, Landscape: Toward a New Theory by Chris Fitter

Poetry, Space, Landscape: Toward a New Theory

byChris Fitter

Paperback | June 30, 2005

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Why was the art of landscape painting invented in the fifth century BC, abandoned with the collapse of Rome, and revived again in the High Middle Ages? Did the Greeks, or the ancient Christians perceive the natural world differently from the way we do now? In Poetry, Space, Landscape, Chris Fitter traces the history of nature-sensibility from the ancient world to the English Renaissance, setting poems and paintings in the widely differing cultural contexts that created them. He suggests a new social and historical theory of the conceptualisation of space, explaining the rise and fall of the idea of 'landscape'. And he argues that enduring basic categories of perception create different readings of natural reality determined by our social and material relations with nature.
Title:Poetry, Space, Landscape: Toward a New TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521673496

ISBN - 13:9780521673495

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Toward a theory of 'landscape' and landscape perception; 2. The values of landscape: an historical outline in the ancient world; 3. Landscape and the Bible; 4. Late antiquity and the Church Fathers; 5. Medieval into Renaissance; 6. Seventeenth-century English poetry; Select bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'... Chris Fitter provides us with a fascinating, challenging and ambitious account of 'a way of seeing' and its cultural preconditions.' Early Modern Literary Studies