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The Place of LandscapeConcepts, Contexts, Studies$
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Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015523

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015523.001.0001

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The Edge(s) of Landscape: A Study in Liminology

The Edge(s) of Landscape: A Study in Liminology

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The Place of Landscape

Edward S. Casey

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the trait of landscapes that makes it hard to determine where it starts and where it ends. Finding the edge of landscapes raises a host of questions regarding, among other things, its quantifiability and measurability. This chapter discusses and explores the edge or edges of landscapes as an instance of “liminology.” A liminological study is defined by taking the understanding of something to its limit — to its “limen.” Before the edge of landscapes can be further studied, two extremes must first be considered: the Salient Edge, which stands out and is unambiguous in its presentation, and the Subtle Edge, which is ambiguous in its appearance and is so integral to a given phenomenon as to be barely, if at all, distinguishable from the phenomenon itself.

Keywords:   landscapes, liminology, liminological study, limen, Salient Edge, Subtle Edge

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