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Class 17 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business





1. Introduction: "The Spatial Turn" + "The Digital Turn" in Knowledge



  • Fernand Braudel and Annales historiography (e.g., Table of Contents [PDF] from The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1976) 


  • Michel Foucault, "Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias" [PDF]" (1967)
  • David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change (1989)
  • Edward W. Soja, Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory (1989)


  • William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
    • ""Cyberspace.  A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts . . . A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system.  Unthinkable complexity.  Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data.  Like city lights, receding. . . ."
  • Atlas of Cyberspaces
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  (ESRI on "What is GIS?")




2. Imagining Space























Images from Native American Ritual Stone Structures, YouTube video by QuietBuck (2008)


  • Albert Borgmann, Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (1999) - Introduction



































3. Reading the Imagination of Space in Literature






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