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The City as Text
The Politics of Landscape Interpretation in the Kandyan Kingdom

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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521611961

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  • In this book James Duncan convincingly argues that landscapes are not only culturally produced, but that they also influence governing ideas of political and religious life. He analyzes this dialectic relationship between landscape and the pursuit of power in the royal capital of Kandy in the central highlands of Sri Lanka during the early years of the nineteenth century and demonstrates how the Kandyan landscape was consciously produced to further the perceived interests of the Kandyan kings. Using extensive archival sources, architectural analysis and mapping, the author reveals how the landscape was designed to foster a certain hegemonic reading that spoke of the power, benevolence and legitimacy of the kings in their capital.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521611961
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 3 maps 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Glossary of terms
    A note on transliteration
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction
    Part II. Towards an Interpretive Frame:
    2. Landscape as a signifying system
    3. The discursive field of Kandyan kingship
    4. Concretizing the Sakran discourse: from landscape of the gods to landscape of the hero-kings
    5. The Kandyan landscape, 1312–1815
    Part III. The Politics of Landscape Interpretation in Early-Nineteenth-Century Kandy:
    6. From discourse to landscape: a kingly reading
    7. From landscape to civic ritual: a kingly reading
    8. From landscape to discourse: contestatory readings and material interests
    9. Conclusion
    List of references

  • Author

    James S. Duncan, Syracuse University, New York

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