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Dark WritingGeography, Performance, Design$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832469

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832469.001.0001

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Dark with Excess of Bright: Mapping the Coastlines of Knowledge

Dark with Excess of Bright: Mapping the Coastlines of Knowledge

(p.49) Chapter 2 Dark with Excess of Bright: Mapping the Coastlines of Knowledge
Dark Writing

Paul Carter

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the history of geographical thinking, taking a practical example of linear logic found in the map. Perhaps the most prominent—and from the point of view of imperial ambitions the most significant—feature found on maps of new places is the coastline. The continuous line that differentiates a mass of land from water is the indispensable prerequisite of territorial expansion. As a cut in nature, the coastline becomes the favored site of scientific enquiry, but it is also the place where Western and non-Western people are suddenly exposed to one another. As an imaginary place, quarantined off from the normal comings and goings of social life, it incubates strange, and often fatal, performances.

Keywords:   geographical thinking, linear logic, coastline, territorial expansion

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