Space, Place, and Literary Self-Projection
This chapter probes the more ontological and epistemological shifts induced by “compass and card.” Nayar begins by considering the modifications in visual field that were induced by Ptolemaic principles and then imaginatively co-opted both poetically and politically. How the map was staged in drama, together with how the stage could serve as an allegorical stand-in for the map, is also explored, as are too the literary ramifications of chorography, or a prose-mapping of land. This latter genre even stimulated a new sort of national poetry, one radically beholden to materializing the nation as territory. Finally, Nayar explores the coterminous map-minded emergence of authors rhetorically staging their own taking flight above and across (or even beyond) the newly gridded globe.