It stands to reason that writings on ‘sense of place’ focus on where people live. This monograph, however, respectfully turns its back on peopled environments in order to consider marginal lands, where the living ain’t easy and the inhabitants few. Geography matters, indeed, limits, molds, colors human life, determines sensibilities. Following a heuristic thread laid down by social anthropologist Victor Turner, the authors tap into the concept of liminality to scout out a path through landscape, geographic essence, liminaires, aesthetics, the sacred, hierophanticy, back country as wellspring, liminoids, and our counterfeit self. The authors source two case studies in their own backyards: Lockwood’s Northwest Coast of Canada and Quillien’s Four Corners of the American Southwest.
About the Authors
Jenny Quillien. French/American. Jenny splits working time between Europe and the USA. Degrees in anthropology (Licence, Paris), linguistics (Maitrise, Strasbourg) and industrial psychology (3ème cycle, Montpellier) and a late-life Masters in Eastern Classics from St John’s College, Santa Fe. Home is Santa Fe, New Mexico, the launching pad for many wanderings and hikes into her backyard liminal lands. Sandra Lockwood. Canadian. BA (University of Toronto, Asian Studies); BFA (Emily Carr University); MALS (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver); PhD in progress (Simon Fraser University). Home is Vancouver and a Gulf Island cabin getaway.
Where to Buy the Book
Paperback: 74 pages
Publisher: Hog Press; 1 edition (March 10, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces