Spaces and Forms of Geographical Sociability

in Placing the Enlightenment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226904054
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226904078 | DOI:
Spaces and Forms of Geographical Sociability

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This chapter discusses geography's different social spaces and the types of geography conducted and practiced in them. Whether in the form of didactic-satirical cartography or as textual geo-pornography, the géographie galante of the salon was certainly not the same as the military geography of the Frenchingénieur-géographes. Neither was it the same as the formal instruction in geography in Enlightenment universities. Drawing on the knowledge of geography's textual genres and different practices—geography's epistemic “what”—the central focus in what follows is on geography's social “where” and on linking geography's spaces and practices: teaching spaces and instructional discourse; private lessons in the home or salon and conversation; reading and experimentation. Four sets of examples are discussed: geography in Enlightenment academies, in Enlightenment universities, in the public sphere, and in the home.

Keywords: geography; social spaces; didactic-satirical cartography; textual geo-pornography; Enlightenment; universities; public sphere; academies; home

Chapter.  8681 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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