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Then is diffused in now: (re)reading Bunting’s Briggflatts through landscape performance practice

Lookup NU author(s): Tess Denman-Cleaver


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This essay presents a (re)reading of Basil Bunting’s 1965 poem, Briggflatts, based upon the authors’ experience of making Landscape Performance in Northumberland, England. The (re)reading of Briggflatts explores how the performative expression of the Northumberland landscape in the poem resonates with cultural geography’s ‘non-representational theory’. In an experience-based exploration of non-representational theories of landscape it examines how Briggflatts, as well as the authors’ performance work, uses the human body as a mechanism through which place is understood. The authors go on to consider how performance creates landscape within and outside of the geographical ‘site’ itself.

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Author(s): Denman-Cleaver T, Tuijl M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Landscape Research

Year: 2018

Volume: 43

Issue: 2

Pages: 222-236

Online publication date: 10/01/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0142-6397

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9710

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1404019


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