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"Sarah L. Higley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 13 Aug 2000 19:36:39 -0400
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On Sun, 13 Aug 2000, Ken Mogg wrote:

> Robert Inglis wrote:
> > I'm currently working on a paper that has to do with visual and acoustic
> > space, and I was wondering if anyone knows of any books or articles that go
> > into depth about these subjects?  I am aware of McLuhan's work and an essay
> > by F.M. Cornford entitled "The Invention of Space", but otherwise the
> > paucity of information I've been able to find has been disappointing, so
> > far.
> Robert, have you looked at the works of Gaston Bachelard?

This is Gaston Bachelard's _The Poetics of Space_.  Another important
work to look to is Susan Stewart's _On Longing_: Narratives of the
Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection_.  Does your study
include the urban at all?  There is a ton of material out there on
urban space.  You could start with Kevin Lynch's _The Image of the
City_, a classic.  Visual space?  What about Michel de Certeau, "Walking
in the City," in _The Practice of Everyday Life_?  Wonderful book,
wonderful chapter.  Or Fredric Jameson on postmodern urban architecture
in "Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism"?

I'm preparing a manuscript for Camera Obscura on the uses of miniature
photography and futuristic or fabulist cities.  It will come out I
don't know when, but it's called _A Taste for Shrinking: Movie Miniatures
and the Unreal City."  I've run across quite a lot of material on the
urban in my research for this.  Acoustic space?  That I'm not sure about:
cathedrals? caves? closets?  You might try the Bachelard, especially his
chapter on the Dialectics of Outside and Inside.

Space is a pretty big topic.  How are you narrowing this down?
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