The introduction discusses an injunction by Georges Perec to ‘see more flatly’ (wryly apt considering the landscape being seen), and the pieces do try to look beyond official accounts of place to draw on tiny concrete details, lived experience, historical perspective, technical boating matters, economics, and so on and so forth. Of course, unless you note everything, the very act of selecting details unflattens them, making (to mix my spatial metaphors horribly) salient features out of what had been background trifles. Similarly, the alphabetical ordering of the pieces is a way of insisting on the ‘non-hierarchical’ approach; I think Matless wouldn’t object if you read them in a random order, as if you were yourself wandering around the Broads, making your own way.
Matless is a geographer, and the introduction does frame the pieces as ‘geographical descriptions,’ but anyone coming to the discipline without a prior knowledge of cultural geography would be amazed by the lack of a ‘neutral’/’objective’ voice, lack of argumentative rigour and even of argument, and lack of traditional academic apparatus such as referencing. Of course, the move away from that rather chimerical lifebelt is one of the characteristic and exciting features of the contemporary cultural geographer.
Got to love a book that starts with Georges Perec...
I've been sent a link to a survey which I hope you might be able to help with.
My name is Kate Wayland and I'm currently studying Geography (BSc) at Staffordshire University. As part of my degree I have designed my own dissertation project which equates to 1/4 of my final year.
My passion for Geography greatly influences the areas I visit in my spare time. I prefer to visit landscapes that are geologically diverse (landscapes with lots of cool rocks in!). I am interested in what people like about the landscapes they visit and in particular the general public appreciation of geodiverse landscapes. Amongst other things I've designed this survey to figure out:
- what things attract people to a landscape?
- do people appreciate geodiverse landscapes?
- what sort of people like geodiverse landscapes?
Hopefully with this information I can suggest suitable ways to encourage people to enjoy Britain's geodiverse landscapes even more.
If you wish to lend me a hand and contribute to my final project by taking part in my survey then the link is attached below. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Also, the information you share with me will not be passed on to any third parties and will be used solely for the purpose of this dissertation project.
Summer holidays are here, when I will be getting ready for the next year, when we will be teaching the Adventure Landscapes topic again. This is a great topic, and will offer a lot of options for us to teach about landscapes and our relationships with them.
Which landscapes are you going to visit over the summer?