Jacky Bowring

Sep 27, 2019

Melancholy and the Landscape

Locating Sadness, Memory, and Reflection in the Landscape

Routledge 2018

purchase at bookshop.org Written as an advocacy of melancholy’s value as part of the landscape experience, Melancholy and the Landscape: Locating Sadness, Memory, and Reflection in the Landscape (Routledge, 2018) situates the concept within landscape’s aesthetic traditions, and reveals how it is a critical part of ethics and empath. With a history that extends back to ancient times, melancholy has hovered at the edges of the appreciation of landscape, including the aesthetic exertions of the 18th century. Implicated in the more formal categories of the sublime and the picturesque, melancholy captures the subtle condition of beautiful sadness.... Jacky Bowring is a professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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