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A relatively new but rapidly expanding aspect of the history of cartography, bringing to bear on map history major conceptual developments in, especially, literary criticism and textual analysis.
For theoretical (often literary) articles available online, see entries introduced by * in the Web articles listing.

See first Matthew Edney's valuable, annotated 'A Guide to Recent Trends in the History of Cartography' (1999) (under the headings, 'Key theoretical essays by Brian Harley', 'Other theoretical statements', and 'Significant or suggestive works on cartographic history')

John H. Andrews, `Map and language: a metaphor extended', Cartographica 27, 1 (1990), 1-19.

John H. Andrews, `Meaning, knowledge and power in the map philosophy of J. B. Harley', Trinity Papers in Geography 6 (Dublin: Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, 1994).

John H. Andrews, `Organising wonder: map-philosophical issues in the writings of Denis Wood (unpublished M.Sc. thesis, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 1997 - copy available in the British Library Map Library).

John H. Andrews, `What was a map? The lexicographers reply', Cartographica 33, 4 (1996, [i.e. 1998]), 1-11. See the 321 source definitions from 1649 to 1996.

Barbara Belyea, `Images of power: Derrida/Foucault/Harley', Cartographica, 29, 2 (1992), 1-9.

Jeremy Black, Maps and Politics (London: Reaktion Books, 1997).

Michael J. Blakemore and J. Brian Harley, `Concepts in the history of cartography: a review and perspective', Cartographica, 17, 4, Monograph 26 (1980).

Jerry Brotton, Trading territories: mapping in the early modern world (London: Reaktion Books, 1997).

Emanuela Casti,`L'ordine del mondo e la sua rappresentazione: semiosi cartografica e autoreferenza (Milan: Edizioni Unicopli, 1998). English edition: Reality as representation: the semiotics of cartography and the generation of meaning (Bergamo University Press, 2000).

G.N.G. Clarke, 'Taking possession: the cartouche as cultural text in eighteenth-century American maps', Word and Image 4,2 (1988), 455-74.

Denis Cosgrove (ed.), Mappings (London: Reaktion Books, 1999).

Jeremy Crampton, `Harley's critical cartography: in search of a language of rhetoric', Working Paper 26 (Portsmouth, Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, 1993).

Edward Dahl, Matthew H. Edney, Christian Jacob and Catherine Delano Smith, `Theoretical aspects of cartography', Imago Mundi 48 (1996), 185-205.

Matthew Edney, 'Cartography: disciplinary history', in: Gregory A. Good (ed.), Sciences of the earth: an encyclopedia of events, people and phenomena, 2 vols (New York, 1998), I: 81-5.

Matthew Edney, 'Cartography without "progress": reinterpreting the nature and historical development of mapmaking', Cartographica 30, 2 & 3 (1993), 54-68.

J. Brian Harley, `Can there be a cartographic ethics?' Cartographic Perspectives, 10 (1991), 9-16.

J. Brian Harley, `Cartography, ethics and social theory', Cartographica, 27, 1 (1990), 1-23.

J. Brian Harley, `Deconstructing the map'. Cartographica, 26, 2 (1989), 1-20. Altered reprint in T. J. Barnes and J. S. Duncan (eds), Writing Worlds: Discourse, Text and Metaphor (London, 1992), 231-47.

J. Brian Harley, `The evaluation of early maps: towards a methodology', Imago Mundi, 22 (1968), 62-74.

J. Brian Harley, 'The map and the development of the history of cartography', in: J. B. Harley and David Woodward (eds) The History of Cartography. Volume One: Cartography in Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (Chicago University Press, 1987), pp. 1-42.

J. Brian Harley, 'Maps, knowledge and power', in: Denis Cosgrove and Stephen Daniels (eds) The Iconography of Landscape (Cambridge University Press, 1989).

J. Brian Harley, The new nature of maps: essays in the history of cartography, ed. Paul Laxton, with an introductory essay by J.H. Andrews (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).

J. Brian Harley, 'The new history of cartography' (in the UNESCO Courier, June 1991 - via FindArticles.com)

J. Brian Harley, `Silences and secrecy: the hidden agenda of cartography in early modern Europe', Imago Mundi 40 (1988), 57-76.

Christian Jacob, L'Empire des cartes. Approche théorique de la cartographie à travers l'histoire (Paris: Albin Michel, 1992). [An English edition is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.]

Alan M. MacEachren, How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, Design (New York: Guilford Press, 1995).

Chandra Mukerji, From Graven Images: Patterns of Modern Materialism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1983).

Mark Monmonier, How to Lie with Maps. 2nd ed. (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Arthur H. Robinson and Barbara B. Petchenik, The Nature of Maps (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1976).

Raleigh A. Skelton, Looking at an Early Map (Lawrence: University of Kansas Libraries, 1965).

Matthew Sparke, 'Between demythologizing and deconstructing the map: Shawnadithit's New-found-land and the alienation of Canada', Cartographica 32,1 (1995), 1-21.

David Turnbull, 'Cartography and science in early modern Europe: mapping the construction of knowledge spaces' Imago Mundi, 48 (1996), 5-24.

David Turnbull, 'Constructing knowledge spaces and locating sites of resistance in the modern cartographic transformation', in: Rolland G Paulston (ed.) Social Cartography (New York & London: Garland Publishing Inc., 1996), 53-79.

David Turnbull, Maps Are Territories: Science Is an Atlas. A Portfolio of Exhibits (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993).

Denis Wood, 'The Fine Line Between Mapping and Mapmaking.' Cartographica 30, 4 (1993): 50-60

Denis Wood, The Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 1992).

Denis Wood, 'The map as a kind of talk: Brian Harley and the confabulation of the inner and outer voice', Visual Communication, 1, 2 (2002), 139-61.

David Woodward, `The study of the history of cartography: a suggested framework', American Cartographer, 1 (1974), 101-15.

David Woodward, `The form of maps: an introductory framework', AB Bookman's Yearbook, 1 (1976), 11-20.

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