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Título: A question of scale? Lázló Almásy’s desert mapping and its postcolonial rewriting
Autor: Gil, Isabel Capeloa
Palavras-chave: geomodernity
Data: 2011
Editora: Berghahn Journals
Citação: GIL, Isabel Capeloa - A question of scale? Lázló Almásy’s desert mapping and its postcolonial rewriting. Journal of Romance Studies. New York; Oxford. ISSN 1473–3536. 11 (2011) 63-77
Resumo: In the wake of postcolonial studies, questions of power and space have gained pivotal significance and geography has become a powerful tool in cultural analysis. However, the simple and metaphorical use of spatial metaphors, such as the cultural appropriation of mapping and cartography, is problematic in so far as it presumes that space is not complex. The understanding of scale in this article thus does not pretend to be either simple or metaphorical, but rather it signifies a ‘circulatory site’, both a ratio used in cartographic practice and a useful tool to discuss the circulation of meaning among imperial and postcolonial discursive practices. Lázló Almásy was romanticized in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient as a love-driven idealist against the backdrop of the somewhat blurred movement of imperial cartographic practice. By looking at Almásy’s 1930s narratives of desert cartography (Schwimmer in der Wüster [Swimmer in the Desert] and Mit Rommels Armee in Libyen [With Rommel’s Army in Libya]), particularly the quest for the Oasis Zarzura, as well as at the articles published by the Geographical Journal of the Royal Geographical Society from 1933 to 1952, a clear-cut image of a power-driven imperial cartography arises that clashes with Ondaatje’s naive depiction. The article draws on the contradictory constellations of desert cartography to discuss the following themes: 1. the very notion of fluidity in the literary and cultural appropriation of cartography, that allows for a problematic blur between hegemony and emergence; and 2. ‘scale’ as a possible and useful analytical tool for the mediation between these two seemingly incompatible positions.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.14/13714
ISSN: 1473–3536
Versão do Editor: http://berghahn.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/berghahn/romance/2011/00000011/00000001;jsessionid=1n39elakb8qen.alice
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