Journal Article

Towards a Dynamic Literacy of the Land: Comprehension and Cognition in the Work of Tim Robinson

Napper Tandy

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 43, issue 4, pages 355-374
Published in print December 2014 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online December 2014 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/camqtly/bfu022
Towards a Dynamic Literacy of the Land: Comprehension and Cognition in the Work of Tim Robinson

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This dissertation considers the relations of landscape and subjectivity in the work of Tim Robinson, and in particular Robinson's efforts – in prose and cartography – to represent and analyse what he calls ‘the exiguous bloom of the compass rose’: the sublime totality of phenomenal relations that exist between subject and terrain. Robinson's writing is acutely attentive to the landscape it describes, and to the experience of the subject within that landscape, showing that ‘frictions’ between body and terrain are vital to the formation of interpretative relationships with the land. Through a discussion of particular geometric and geological terms the more elusive spatial experiences in his writing are examined. The essay concludes that Robinson's work evokes a wilfully inconsistent system of observation and interpretation that is both faithful to the land it describes and generous to the walker/thinker/writer describing it.

Journal Article.  7533 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Art ; Film ; Music

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