Landscape and Memory
Vintage Books, 1995 - 652 pagina's
One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year
In Landscape and Memory Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art.
"A work of great ambition and enormous intellectual scope...consistently provocative and revealing."--New York Times
"Extraordinary...a summary cannot convey the riches of this book. It will absorb, instruct, and fascinate."--New York Review of Books
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But the cult, celebrated in imperial Rome with Dionysiac abandon, was a ritual of
sacrifice and vegetable metamorphosis. Close to the spring equinox,
dendrophors — ritual tree-carriers — were sent into the woods near Rome to cut
a sacred ...
Liberty was indeed rooted in a cult of nature. But that cult had begun not in the
oak- woods of the foggy north, but on the great river of the south, the mother of all
civilizations, the Nile. The Druid groves parted. Beyond them lay the serpentine ...
By the 1 790s, there was already a substantial literature — both pretentious and
erotie — on the history of phallic cults. The antiquarian Baron d'Hancarville,
whom Barlow had probably met in Paris in 1789, was the pioneer of the genre.12
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen