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« Chose obscure avant qu'on la dise » : Une lecture égo-géographique de La pensée paysagère d’Augustin Berque

Abstract : Realising an ego-geographical project requires not only intellectual principles and an efficient methodology as shown by Jacques Lévy in 1995, but also the use of special conceptual and theoretical tools to decipher the key concepts that are examined. Augustin Berque’s Thinking through landscape can be read as a handbook of his theory of landscape, as a travel narrative, or lastly, as a tombeau poétique dedicated to his parents. These three generic approaches lead to an aporia that invites to go further and consider this book as an ego-geography, even if Augustin Berque has not used this generic category, despite the importance of biographical materials. This ego-geographical reading enables us to take into account his fieldwork and drawing/photography practices to reveal both scientific and aesthetic engagements, that raise the question of the author’s self-identity. The hypothesis defended is that the self-identity of Augustin Berque lays in the landscape, which is the main object of the Berquian mesology. It is a way to explore further the distinction that Augustin Berque proposes at the very beginning of his book between the landscape theory (pensée du paysage) and the landscape thinking (pensée paysagère). The text’s underlying references and the various existing theories of landscape in geography have convinced the authors of this paper to use some of the psychoanalytical tools that Anne Volvey has been developing for a long time, in order to elaborate the ego-geographical dimension of the text. The paper first works on the text’s three obvious generic statuses, secondly it procceds on its ego-geographis dimension.
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Anne Volvey, Yann Calbérac. « Chose obscure avant qu'on la dise » : Une lecture égo-géographique de La pensée paysagère d’Augustin Berque. Géographie et cultures, L'Harmattan, 2014, J'égo-géographie., 89-90, p. 151 à 197. ⟨halshs-01174789⟩



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