Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another textscape: Gardens are speech acts

Strong positive recommendation: read Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition by Robert Pogue Harrison (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

"This embodied notion of human order - taking as it does many diverse forms - links the garden to the polis, that is to say to the realm of those interactions in and through which human beings, through their own initiatives, give form and articulation to their historical worlds. To say that the transitory gardens of New York are speech acts means that they speak, in a public if nonverbal mode, of the human need to make ourselves at home on an earth that does not necessarily make room for us."