Soil and Culture

  • Edward R. Landa
  • Christian Feller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Soil and the Visual Arts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian Feller, Lydie Chapuis-Lardy, Fiorenzo Ugolini
      Pages 3-21
    3. Alexandra Toland, Gerd Wessolek
      Pages 45-66
    4. Fiorenzo Ugolini
      Pages 67-82
    5. Edward R. Landa
      Pages 83-105
  3. Under my feet—Soil presence and perspectives in the work of four contemporary visual artists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 108-108
    2. Margaret Boozer
      Pages 109-119
    3. Lisa L. Kriner
      Pages 121-131
    4. Heinrich F. Jennes
      Pages 133-145
    5. Martine Lafon
      Pages 147-165
  4. Soil and Soul: Literature and Philosophy

  5. Perspectives on Soil by Indigenous and Ancient Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 260-260
    2. Nikola Patzel
      Pages 261-276
    3. Domoina J. Rakotoson, Lovatiana A. Rakotonirina, Georges Serpantié
      Pages 287-309
    4. E. Christian Wells, Lorena D. Mihok
      Pages 311-327
  6. Soil and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Eiliv Steinnes
      Pages 343-354
    3. Pascal Handschumacher, Dominique Schwartz
      Pages 355-368
  7. Soil – the dark side and the light side

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 400-400
    2. C. E. Wood
      Pages 401-415
    3. Peter Doyle, Larry Babits, Jamie Pringle
      Pages 417-429
    4. Hans-Peter Blume
      Pages 431-438
    5. Anne Richer de Forges, Frank Verheijen, Dominique Arrouays, Eric Blanchart, Martial Bernoux
      Pages 439-452
    6. Cornelis van Leeuwen
      Pages 453-465
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 467-488

About this book


SOIL —beneath our feet
          —food and fiber
          —ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Soil has been called the final frontier of environmental research. The critical role of soil in biogeochemical processes is tied to its properties and place—porous, structured, and spatially variable, it serves as a conduit, buffer, and transformer of water, solutes and gases. Yet what is complex, life-giving, and sacred to some, is ordinary, even ugly, to others. This is the enigma that is soil.

Soil and Culture explores the perception of soil in ancient, traditional, and modern societies. It looks at the visual arts (painting, textiles, sculpture, architecture, film, comics and stamps), prose & poetry, religion, philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, wine production, health & diet, and disease & warfare.

Soil and Culture explores high culture and popular culture—from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch to the films of Steve McQueen. It looks at ancient societies and contemporary artists. Contributors from a variety of disciplines delve into the mind of Carl Jung and the bellies of soil eaters, and explore Chinese paintings, African mud cloths, Mayan rituals, Japanese films, French comic strips, and Russian poetry.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Edward R. Landa
    • 1
  • Christian Feller
    • 2
  1. 1.US Geological SurveyRestonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Développement (IRD)Institut de Recherche pour leMontpellier CX 1France

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