Landscape and Memory
A.A. Knopf, 1995 - 652 pagina's
"Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past. Through all of history, from pre-classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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(The instinctive, jerky extension of hands and legs made by frightened infants —
now known as the Moro reflex — seems to be roughly what Semon had in mind.)
For Warburg the cultural equivalents of these "engrams" were symbols: Thomas ...
Warburg called such symbols Leitfossils, and when he stared at their delicately
petrified imprint, he could conjure up, all too easily, the primordial monsters. To
look hard at those symbols, to acknowledge their endurance, was, then, a risky ...
mystique of hieroglyphs as a unique language, encoding in its symbols not
merely the functional characteristics of things but their immaterial essence.62
From Plotinus onward, neo-Platonists (without actually understanding anything ...
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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
Prologue The Detour
chapter one In the Realm of the Lithuanian Bison
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