Landscape Biographies
Landscape Biographies
Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes
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Jan Kolen & Johannes Renes: Landscape Biography: an Introduction Edward Huijbens & Gisli Palsson: The Bog in Our Brain and Bowels Jan Kolen: Biographies of Biotopes: from Manhattan to De Loowaard Helen Sooväli-Sepping: Biographies of Landscape: Locals' Perceptions on Landscape Heritage Michiel Purmer: Authorship and the Agrarian Landscape of Eerde Hanneke Ronnes: The Quiet Authors of an Early Modern Palatial Landscape. Transformation without Reconstruction Johannes Renes: Layered Landscapes: a Problematic Theme in Historic Landscape Research David Koren: Shanghai: A Biography between Stone en Writing. Jürgen Stoye: Piet Mondriaan 'Victory Boogiewoogie' 1942-44. John de Jong: A Caleidoscopic Biography of a Neighbourhood: Witte Vrouwen in Utrecht Wim Hupperetz: The Cultural Biography of a Street: Memory, Cultural Heritage, Historical Notions of the Visserstraat in Breda (1200-2000) Svava Riesto: Earth and Water. A Biography of Sloping Carlsberg, Copenhagen Felix van Veldhoven: Biography of Mining Landscapes and the Evolution of Social Memory Cornelius Holtorf: Gropar & Monument Joshua Pollard and Mark Gillings: Avebury's Biography Ludvig Paphmehl-Dufay: Megaliths Edward Huijbens & Karl Benediktsson: Practising Highland Heterotopias: Automobility in the Interior of Iceland Rob van der Laarse: Fatal Attraction. Nazi Landscapes and the Blind Spot of Holocaust Memory Hans Renes and Jan Kolen: A Second life for Biographical Approaches to Landscape

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"This rich book offers a way of creating fresh and engaging narratives of our landscapes."' - Graham Fairclough, Bulletin KNOB

Landscape Biographies

Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes

Landscape Biographies explores the long and complex histories of landscapes from personal and social perspectives. As an essential part of human life-worlds, landscapes have the potential to absorb something of people's lives, works, and thoughts. But landscapes also shape their own life-histories at different timescales, transcending human life-cycles and generating their own temporalities and rhythms. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the co-scripting of landscapes and people figures prominently in the (auto-)biographical works of writers and attracts the interest of geographers, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists. This has even resulted in a new genre in landscape research, rapidly gaining in popularity, under the heading of 'landscape biography'.

In Landscape Biographies, twenty geographers, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists investigate the diverse ways in which landscapes and monuments have been constructed, transmitted, and transformed from prehistory up to the present, from Manhattan to Shanghai, from Iceland to Portugal, and from England to Estonia. Among the authors are distinguished scholars like Gísli Pálsson, Cornelius Holtorf, Joshua Pollard, and Mark Gillings.

'this rich book offers a way of creating fresh and engaging narratives of our landscapes' - Graham Fairclough, Bulletin KNOB

Rita Hermans

Rita Hermans is coordinator at CLUE+, the Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage at the VU University Amsterdam.

Jan Kolen

Jan Kolen is professor of Landscape Archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and director of the research institute CLUE (Research Institute for the Heritage and History of the Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment).

Hans Renes

Hans Renes is historical geographer at Utrecht University and professor in Heritage and Planning at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.