Semiotics of landscape

Authored by: Kati Lindström , Hannes Palang , Kalevi Kull

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415684606
eBook ISBN: 9780203096925
Adobe ISBN: 9781136220609


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Denis Cosgrove (2003) has stated that there are two distinct discourses in landscape studies, ecological and semiotic:

A semiotic approach to landscape is sceptical of scientific claims to represent mimetically real processes shaping the world around us. It lays scholarly emphasis more on the context and processes through which cultural meanings are invested into and shape a world whose ‘nature’ is known only through human cognition and representation, and is thus always symbolically mediated.

(Cosgrove 2003: 15)

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