n De Arte - Washed with sun : landscape and the making of white South Africa, Jeremy Foster : book reviews

Volume 2010, Issue 81
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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Since Dennis Cosgrove's monumental revision of the way in which landscape is theorised, in (1984), critical writing dealing with the landscape has been less interested in the way in which landscape as an object is decoded, than in the way landscape works as cultural practice. In that text, Cosgrove (1984:1) argued that landscape is 'a way in which some Europeans have represented to themselves and to others the world about them and their relationships with it, and through which they have commented on social relations'. The impact of Cosgrove's reassessment of the way in which landscape was written and thought about led to more than two decades of writing about landscape in ideological terms.

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