Utopia and Landscape: On the Convergence of Spatial Imaginaries

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Title Utopia and Landscape: On the Convergence of Spatial Imaginaries
Autor: Shadurski, Maxim
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11331/3423
Date: 2017
Źródło: Inskrypcje. R. 5. Nr 1 (2017), s. 11-18
Abstract: Utopia and landscape (re)present, in textual form, spatial phenomena that are at once real and imagined. Just as utopia draws on existing socioeconomic relations for the purpose of their critique and subsequent reconstitution, landscape provides an index to the condition of society, frequently attesting to the need of change. This essay traces the etymological and historical origins of utopia and landscape to a nascent form of capitalism in sixteenth-century England, and posits the legacies of land enclosure as a defining presence unresolved by spatial imaginaries. Further, utopia and landscape are situated in the context of theoretical designations of space and place. Insofar as utopia and landscape share a common commitment to space as a becoming and coexistence of stories, and place as a largely conflicted concretization of spatial relations, they produce (re)presentations of alterity that simultaneously stay within and go against, as well as beyond, the status quo. The essay concludes by discussing the functional interchanges between utopia and landscape. It contends that the two concepts deliver use value for spatial reconstitution, so long as this process is guided by a robust sense of the real in unison with an empowered and educated imagination.

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