Topographic border

Topographic borders are borders manifested on a topographic plane, i.e. some kind of space. Typically, when we talk about human borders we refer to national and other territorial borders. However, architectural divisions and the boundaries of the body can also be referred to as topographical borders, albeit existing on different levels of scale.

Topographical borders always articulate some kind of symbolic border. Even national borders may be seen as spatial articulations of the symbolic differences between countries. Some theorists of space or place see space as a product of symbolic relations: symbolic places and their relations produce space rather than being placed in space. This would be an argument to see topographical borders even as a subset of symbolic borders. In this case, the importance of topographical borders as a separate category is based primarily on a dominant cultural mode of thinking about space which may be historically superceded.

In border poetics topographical borders belong typically to the level of represented borders rather than that of the borders of the representation. One can however argue on that the border of the representation, when seen as borders in the materiality of the text or other medium, are in fact topographical borders on a micro scale.

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