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Mon, 14 Aug 2000 18:15:57 -0400
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Perhaps it was the translation - or its necessary roughness as an early
attempt at what is surely a difficult subject - but I found Bachelard's
Poetics to be indistinct, rather convoluted, and largely unable to fulfill
the substantial promise of its introductory chapter, which was lucid, bold,
and imaginative.

Beyond the stylistic difficulties, I felt the majority of the passages cited
as examples were drawn from a very narrow pool of what seemed rather obscure
French pastoral poets... Consequently (to be fair, I have no depth here) it
was difficult to grasp the context of the references, or their real

Does it read better in the original?

Joe Lamantia

----- Original Message -----
From: Sarah L. Higley <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2000 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: Visual and Acoustic Space

> 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
> > > 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
> > > by F.M. Cornford entitled "The Invention of Space", but otherwise the
> > > paucity of information I've been able to find has been disappointing,
> > > 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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