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Veronica della Dora (2021): The Mantle of the Earth. Genealogies of a Geographical Metaphor. University of Chicago Press: Chicago.

The term mantle has inspired philosophers, geographers, and theologians and shaped artists’ and mapmakers’ visual vocabularies for thousands of years. According to Veronica della Dora, mantle is the “metaphor par excellence, for it unfolds between the seen and the unseen as a threshold and as a point of tension.” Featuring numerous illustrations, The Mantle of the Earth: Genealogies of a Geographical Metaphor is an intellectual history of the term mantle and its metaphorical representation in art and literature, geography and cartography. Through the history of this metaphor from antiquity to the modern day, we learn about shifting perceptions and representations of global space, about our planetary condition, and about the nature of geography itself.


Introduction: On Mantles, Maps, and Metaphors

Part I: Clothing Creation

1. Mythical Cloaks
2. Biblical and Byzantine Garments
3. Medieval Vernicles

Part II: Unveiling Space

4. Renaissance Stage Curtains
5. Drapes, Lights, and Shadows
6. Romantic Veils

Part III: The Surfaces of Modernity

7. The Surfaces of Geography
8. Pierced Surfaces and Parted Veils
9. The Green Mantle

Part IV: Weaving Worlds

10. Cartographic Embroideries
11. The Digital Skin

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