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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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(p.91) 5 The Edge(s) of Landscape: A Study in Liminology
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The Place of Landscape
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Edward S. Casey

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015523.003.0006

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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