I posted the following to Moodle for my seminar in Sacred Space & Comparative Perspective:
In “Map is not Territory,” Smith creates a narrative exposing both the body and place and ways in which these two “spaces” engage one another. First, in the life of the farmer–from unbathed, to clean, to dirty, to farmer. Each of these segments of the farmer’s ritual in the early morning engage the particularity of space–never once universalizing the experience. The engagement of the (home) space with the (earth) space as a way to create and maintain in addition to legitimizing space is important in the overall construction to the cartography of place/space. This cartography includes the space of the body.
Because I am interested in the body as a space (albeit discursive), I found Smith’s discussion of memory, body, space and place in the first two chapters of To Take Place quite compelling and a bit problematic. The discussion of the importance of memory with the capacity to “embody” something that is called memory in the creation of place, coupled or paralleled with the article and the ritual in which the body encounters (between home and earth), is important in the creation or dialectic of body as space. I would like to discuss this further in class–whether the body is a discursive space or embodied place? And, ways in which the body then becomes a cartography of place.