Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity : the Figure of the Map in Contemporary Theory and Fiction

Mitchell, Peta (2008) Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity : the Figure of the Map in Contemporary Theory and Fiction. Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature. Routledge, New York.

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Abstract

The last fifty years have witnessed the growing pervasiveness of the figure of the map in critical, theoretical, and fictional discourse. References to mapping and cartography are endemic in poststructuralist theory, and, similarly, geographically and culturally diverse authors of twentieth-century fiction seem fixated upon mapping. While the map metaphor has been employed for centuries to highlight issues of textual representation and epistemology, the map metaphor itself has undergone a transformation in the postmodern era. This metamorphosis draws together poststructuralist conceptualizations of epistemology, textuality, cartography, and metaphor, and signals a shift away from modernist preoccupations with temporality and objectivity to a postmodern pragmatics of spatiality and subjectivity. Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity charts this metamorphosis of cartographic metaphor, and argues that the ongoing reworking of the map metaphor renders it a formative and performative metaphor of postmodernity.

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ID Code: 69236
Item Type: Book
Additional Information: A1: Research monograph
Keywords: Cartography, Cartographic metaphor, Spatial theory, 20th-century literature, Literary theory
ISBN: 9780415955973
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 00:25
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 01:14

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