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Panoramic visions: Sven Hedin in ’Transhimalaya’ 1906-1909
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2018 (English)In: The power of the In-between: Intermediality as a tool for Aesthetics Analysis and Critical Reflection / [ed] Sonya Petersson; Christer Johansson; Magdalena Holdar; Sara Callahan, Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018, p. 185-212Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter studies the panoramic visions created by Swedish geographer Sven Hedin on a journey to Tibet between 1906 and 1909. It reads Hedin’s geographic images and texts through a broader nineteenth-century history of the panorama and indicates how his panoramic visions were part of a broader media culture of the century. Furthermore, the chapter claims that Hedin’s geographic images and texts contributed to the shaping of a modern regime of vision where the world in overview was a desirable object. Using intermediality as a method, I display how these visions emerged through a network of media formats, including photographs, hand-drawn panoramas, water-colour sketches, and texts. The article argues that these formats were combined through “descriptive layering.” They shared the panorama as a motif, yet they were also layered in a material sense: attached to, and interlaced with, each other. I argue that descriptive layering was a way of handling the vexed relationship between overview and detail, and it allowed the panoramic representations to move between knowledge-based and aesthetic experiences.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2018. p. 185-212
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Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics, ISSN 2002-3227 ; 4
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History of Ideas
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History of Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-184012DOI: 10.16993/baq.hISBN: 9789176350676 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-184012DiVA, id: diva2:1457577
Available from: 2020-08-12 Created: 2020-08-12 Last updated: 2023-03-06Bibliographically approved

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