In the Nature of Landscape. Cultural Geography on the Norfolk Broads. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2674242
  • Book
  • Region: Norfolk Islands
  • 294 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In the Nature of Landscape presents regional cultural landscape as a new direction for research in cultural geography through an in–depth study of the Norfolk Broads, a wetland region in eastern England whose geography and history have been shaped for centuries by cohabiting and conflicting interests. Ideas of region, culture and landscape have been comprehensively re–theorised in recent decades, and are here brought together to produce a new understanding of the Broads in particular, and landscape in general. Contests over the region from disputes over the origin of the broads (lakes) in the flooding of medieval peat diggings to projections of regional loss in a future of sea level rise under climate change are addressed. Chapters pursue different dimensions of landscape, interweaving theoretical argument and in–depth empirical research to analyse narratives of landscape origin, debates over human conduct, animal and plant landscapes, and the spectre of the end of landscape through pollution and flood.  An emphasis on different voices which have sought to speak for the region from naturalists, tourists, planners and painters, to photographers, film–makers, folk singers  and geographers reveals the colloquial nature of landscape. By presenting an original cultural geographic study of a specific region, In the Nature of Landscape offers illuminating insights into the broader value and meaning of landscape in the 21st century.

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Series Editors Preface vi

List of Illustrations vii

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

List of Abbreviations xii

1 Cultural Geography on the Norfolk Broads 1

2 Origins 39

3 Conduct 55

Icon I: Wherry 96

4 Animal Landscapes 106

5 Plant Landscapes 142

Icon II: Windmill 173

6 The Ends of Landscape 182

7 Concluding 215

Notes 224

References 238

Index 270

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David Matless is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Landscape and Englishness (1998), editor of Geographies of British Modernity (2003) and The Place of Music (1998), and contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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