Week 5 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.): Naming Place; Carter

Carter discusses here the aspect of naming as its connected to travel, history, and language.  He offers that in what we call mountain is subjective, and carries with it an assumption based on our own geography and ability to communicate such.  Place names also are connected to travel in that it gives us the ability to determine “here” and “there”; “his [sic] desire to posses where he had been as a preliminary to going on. . . .  And where [the name of the “here” and “there”] did not exist, they had to be hypothesized, rhetorically asserted by way of names.  Otherwise, the landscape itself could never enter history.  How would it be that we could maintain the local integrity of names, location and history without colonizing the local and hijacking geography based on a different worldview?  Is that even possible?

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~ by Brian Shope on October 26, 2007.

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