This aim of this project is for you to demonstrate the interpretive skills you have learned from class presentation, discussion and Turnbull's Maps Are Territories.
Your comments should be ~800-1000 words. You will be evaluated on how well you demonstrate your skills in historical interpretation, by completely and vividly interpreting the map in the context of this course. Strive to go beyond noticing the obvious. While someone else may help highlight features of the map for you, the analysis must be your own. As always, acknowledge (cite as reference) anyone who has helped you. The written profile is due FEBRUARY 8, 2006 and is worth 13% of your final grade (10% for 3814). Be prepared to briefly discuss one or two interesting features of your map in class (1-2 mins.) and to answer any question about it.
- Find any map from before 1700, or an indigenous map from before 1900. Choose one that you can profile as interesting or noteworthy cartographically (not just beautiful). No maps from the internet. Copy it (as best as possible) and document fully where someone can find it. A copy of the map is due by FEBRUARY 1 for pre-approval.
- Tell the "story" of the map, as modeled in class and in Turnbull's book. Comment, where appropriate (using your own interpretive skills, NOT research alone):
Do not just report analysis from another source. Show off your own interpretive skills.
- (Of course?) identify tha background facts: who drew the map, when, where and for whom (intended audience). Note other features of the map's production or context, where appropriate.
- How do features of the map indicate its function and context (including time and place)?
- How does the map reflect a particular perspective --and how do features of the map allow one to recognize this? How does this affect interpreting what the map represents?
- How is the map selective? How does it both represent and fail to represent faithfully? (It may be helpful to compare your map to a more recent map.)
- What features of mapmaking make this map distinctive or especially worthy of note? --politics? --conventions of representation? --mapmaker's techniques or materials? --cultural context?
- Comment further, using your reading of Turnbull:
- Make connections between features of your map and at least one other in Turnbull's book.
- Discuss how indexical and non-indexical features of the map reflect more about its context?
- Double-check that you are fulfilling the aim of the project (above).
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