Region, Landscape, and Identity
Questions and optional resource readings.
Landscape as a nature-text in which identity is formed in relation to elements of “author,” “reader,” “environment,” and “text”:
Buffered self vs. Porous self (Charles Taylor):
Landscape as a cultural “nature-text,” with elements of “environment,” “text,” “reader,” “author.” See diagram in this article:
Layered or porous landscape as multidimensional (see especially the last few pages of this article on the “green world”):
Friendship as a “side constraint” related to oikophilia (Scruton–friendship as a metonymy for region/landscape? (“Country” and “country”), as in Natty Bumppo and Chingachgook’s friendship.
Is friendship a needed aspect of region and landscape? Why or why not?
Gender: Comparisons of Hetty and Judith, Hurry and Tom, Rivenoak and Chingachgook
Crow and Haudenosaunee performance of gender:
Haudenosaunee/”matricentric” or matriarchal structures, lacrosse and clan mothers
Crow: Mother mountain and Father sky
How does gender relate to region and landscape, and to friendship?