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The Mantle of the Earth: Genealogies of a Geographical Metaphor
by Veronica della Dora
University of Chicago Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-0-226-74129-1 | eISBN: 978-0-226-74132-1
Library of Congress Classification G81.D45 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 910.9

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The term mantle has inspired philosophers, geographers, and theologians and shaped artists’ and mapmakers’ visual vocabularies for thousands of years. According to Veronica della Dora, mantle is the “metaphor par excellence, for it unfolds between the seen and the unseen as a threshold and as a point of tension.” Featuring numerous illustrations, The Mantle of the Earth: Genealogies of a Geographical Metaphor is an intellectual history of the term mantle and its metaphorical representation in art and literature, geography and cartography. Through the history of this metaphor from antiquity to the modern day, we learn about shifting perceptions and representations of global space, about our planetary condition, and about the nature of geography itself.

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