Category Archives: Maps

The Ever-Changing Mississippi

Hey everyone, I came across this map of the Ever-Changing Mississippi, which I thought relates well to our discussion yesterday. It was posted on the blog maintained by Volume, a quarterly magazine on architecture and design. Here‘s a link to a remarkable graphic … Continue reading

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Handout for 9-20-10

Hey everyone, Here is a handout for today, featuring “Myrtle,” a poem by John Ashbery (originally published in And the Stars Were Shining; it’s been included in a number of anthologies, including Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems) as … Continue reading

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Fun Cartogram Webpage

Given our consideration of ‘meta-geographies’ with Lewis and Wigen, this webpage, called Worldmapper, provides yet another interesting way to map some generalizable properties of nation-states; with cartograms. These maps are really striking. For example, this map scales countries relative to … Continue reading

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Map makes the Economist cover (Sept. 11)

A little bit late, but I thought this economist cover was interesting given our discussion of maps and nationhood/identity coming this week. The associated article and special report: Nobody’s backyard: Latin America’s new promise—and the need for a new attitude … Continue reading

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Resources for our first assignment

Here are some resources that might be helpful as you begin work on the first assignment. First, some books (if any of these look useful, let us know, and we can meet with you to let you borrow them): 1. … Continue reading

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Manifesto of the International Necronautical Society (‘INS’)

Above is an image of the first INS manifesto, which was published in 1999 in The (London) Times. The INS is a ‘semi-fictional’ organization. Here is a link to their website. The novelist Tom McCarthy  (General Secretary, INS) interviews the philosopher … Continue reading

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Review of Harley

Here is a review of J.B. Harley’s work. The review also discusses Denis Cosgrove’s book Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination, which people might be interested in reading. The review was published in the London Review … Continue reading

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“Deconstructing the Map”

Here is a link to download J.B. Harley’s “Deconstructing the Map,” which we’ll be discussing on September 13. I thought people might be interested in reading a review James Wood wrote of David Foster Wallace’s short story collection Oblivion alongside … Continue reading

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Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812

This is Charles Minard’s Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l’Armée Française dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813, a flow map published in 1869 depicting Napoleon’s disastrous Russian campaign of 1812. The graph displays several variables in a … Continue reading

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