The demise and spectral return of consciousness in landscape research

Grennan, Simon 2015, The demise and spectral return of consciousness in landscape research. In Meyer-Dinkgräfe, D (ed), Consciousness, theatre, literature and the arts 2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, Eng., pp.211-226.

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Title The demise and spectral return of consciousness in landscape research
Author(s) Grennan, SimonORCID iD for Grennan, Simon
Title of book Consciousness, theatre, literature and the arts 2015
Editor(s) Meyer-Dinkgräfe, D
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 19
Total chapters 25
Start page 211
End page 226
Total pages 16
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of Publication Newcastle, Eng.
Keyword(s) Landscape
Jacques Derrida
Summary In this chapter, I analyse the changing conceptions of consciousness within landscape research from the late 20th century to the present. The 1980s and 1990s mark a critical shift in the framing of consciousness away from psychological, perceptual, or experiential perspectives towards an ontology of consciousness as an ungrounded linguistic signifier and an ideological trope. These perspectives do not attempt to problematise consciousness so much as disqualify it from discussion. In this way they can be characterised as anti-subjectivist or post subjectivist. I draw out the theoretical and critical foundations of these anti-subjectivist approaches (particularly Derrida's influence) as well as the subsequent opening out of the landscape idea in more recent discussion. While consciousness and subjectivity have, in various ways, been re-insinuated within more recent discussion, it remains nebulous and poorly theorised. Hence consciousness occupies a spectral presence in the landscape of landscape research. I use one of my own paintings, Dalek in Landscape, to presage the discussion and draw out the tensions at play between subjectivity, ideology and the landscape idea. Given the broader sway of antisubjectivist tendencies within the late 20th century cultural turn, landscape provides a useful point of comparison for thinking about the changing conceptions of consciousness and subjectivity in many other cognate fields and creative disciplines.
ISBN 9781443897945
Language eng
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Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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