Les lieux négligés : lire Thoreau avec les cartes

Abstract : This paper explores recent insights in the field of map theory to study the role played by maps and mapping in Henry David Thoreau’s texts. Rather than envisioning writing as a gesture that always resists mapping (understood as an imperialistic and hegemonic practice), Thoreau’s texts are read as “extra-ordinary” maps of the “neglected spots” that surround us. As suggested by the “processual turn” in map theory (Kitchin and Dodge), maps become maps through usage and physical manipulation. This article reads Thoreau’s texts as one of these meaningful gestures, which allows a new map to emerge. Such an approach allows for a more positive and fruitful way of connecting Thoreau’s personal interest in cartography with his work as a writer.
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Julien Nègre. Les lieux négligés : lire Thoreau avec les cartes. Savoirs en Prisme, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur les langues et la pensée (CIRLEP), 2018, ⟨https://savoirsenprisme.com/numeros/08-2018-textualites-et-spatialites/les-lieux-negliges-lire-thoreau-avec-les-cartes/⟩. ⟨hal-01839937⟩

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