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David Matless

Professor of Cultural Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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David Matless is Professor of Cultural Geography. He is the author of Landscape and Englishness (1998), an influential study of cultures of landscape in twentieth century England, and editor of The… read more

Recent Publications

  • DAVID MATLESS, 2016. Climate change stories and the Anthroposcenic Nature Climate Change. 6, 118-119
  • DANIEL ALLEN, CHARLES WATKINS and DAVID MATLESS, 2016. 'An incredibly vile sport: Campaigns against otter hunting in Britain, 1900-39 Rural History. 27(1), 79-101
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2016. Stifle a Chuckle: the Fields of Kibbo Kift Journal of Historical Geography.
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2016. Landscape and Englishness (second edition) Reaktion Books.

Current Research

David Matless is Professor of Cultural Geography. He is the author of Landscape and Englishness (1998), an influential study of cultures of landscape in twentieth century England, and editor of The Place of Music (1998) and Geographies of British Modernity (2003). His 2014 book, In the Nature of Landscape: Cultural Geography on the Norfolk Broads, published in the Wiley-Blackwell RGS-IBG Book Series, is a study in regional cultural landscape, addressing questions of landscape history and origin, cultures of conduct, animal and plant landscapes, and the ends of landscape in pollution and flood. A related 2015 volume, The Regional Book (Uniform Books), develops work on geographical description through an account of the Broads region. His wider areas of publication include the life and work of ecologist/artist Marietta Pallis (with Laura Cameron), British geographical studies of the Eastern bloc (with Adam Swain and Jonathan Oldfield), geographies of sound, the landscapes of documentary film, and the geography of ghosts. New areas of research include the role of museum displays in presenting landscapes of modern agriculture in the twentieth century, and the ways in which cultural geography might contribute to studies of climatic and environmental change through the theme of the 'Anthroposcenic'.

Past PhD supervision has covered a wide range of topics, and the following would be welcome as prospective areas of PhD research: landscape and English identity, regional cultural landscape, the cultural history of geographical knowledge, the geographies of sound, cultural geographies of the Anthropocene.

  • DAVID MATLESS, 2016. Climate change stories and the Anthroposcenic Nature Climate Change. 6, 118-119
  • DANIEL ALLEN, CHARLES WATKINS and DAVID MATLESS, 2016. 'An incredibly vile sport: Campaigns against otter hunting in Britain, 1900-39 Rural History. 27(1), 79-101
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2016. Stifle a Chuckle: the Fields of Kibbo Kift Journal of Historical Geography.
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2016. Landscape and Englishness (second edition) Reaktion Books.
  • MATLESS, DAVID, 2016. 'Goodbye It's 1987': Generation of the New Area. 48(3), 384-388
  • D MATLESS, 2015. Thurne: Squint Uniformagazine. 2, 3-4
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2015. The Regional Book Uniformbooks.
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2015. Vessels and Smiles. In: Affinity and Kindred: photographs by Richard Denyer
  • D MATLESS, 2014. In the Nature of Landscape: Cultural Geography on the Norfolk Broads Wiley-Blackwell.
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2013. A geography of ghosts: the spectral landscapes of Mary Butts. In: M DEL PILAR BLANCO and E PEEREN, eds., The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory Bloomsbury Publishing. 445-472
  • MATLESS, D., 2012. Accents of landscape in GPO country: The Horsey mail, 1938 Twentieth Century British History. 23(1), 57-79
  • D MATLESS and M PEARSON, 2012. A Regional Conversation Cultural Geographies. 19(1), 123-129
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2012. Communities of Landscape: Nation, Locality and Modernity in Interwar England. In: R HEYNICKX and T AVERMAETE, eds., Making a New World: Architecture and Communities in Interwar Europe Leuven University Press. 43-55
  • MATLESS, D. AND CAMERON, L., 2011. Translocal Ecologies: The Norfolk Broads, the “natural,” and the International Phytogeographical Excursion, 1911 Journal of the History of Biology. 44(1), 15-41
  • OLDFIELD, J., MATLESS, D. and SWAIN, A., 2011. The making of a sub-discipline: state initiatives and the production of British geographical studies of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1945-71 Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. New Series. 36(4), 574-589
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2011. The Horsey Mail: Documentary as Landscape. In: S ANTHONY and J MANSELL, eds., The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit Palgrave MacMillan. 244-253
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2011. Cycle of Erosion. In: C DESILVEY, S NAYLOR and C SACKETT, eds., Anticipatory History Uniformbooks. 32-33
  • DAVID MATLESS, 2011. Ebb and Flood. In: C DESILVEY and S NAYLOR, eds., Anticipatory History Uniformbooks. 35
  • MATLESS, D., 2010. Describing Landscape: Regional Sites Performance Research. 15(4), 72-82
  • MATLESS, D., WATKINS, C. and MERCHANT, P., 2010. Nature trails: the production of instructive landscapes in Britain 1960-1972 Rural History. 21(1), 97-131
  • MATLESS, D., 2009. East Anglian Stones: Erratic Prehistories from the Early Twentieth Century. In: PARKER, J., ed., Written On Stone: The Cultural Reception of Prehistoric Monuments Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 66-81 (In Press.)
  • MATLESS, D., 2009. Nature Voices Journal of Historical Geography. 35, 178-188 (In Press.)
  • MATLESS, D., OLDFIELD, J. and SWAIN, A., 2008. Geographically touring the eastern bloc: British geography, travel cultures and the Cold War Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 33(3), 354-375
  • MATLESS, D., 2008. A geography of ghosts: the spectral landscapes of Mary Butts Cultural Geographies. 15(3), 335-358
  • MATLESS, D, MERRIMAN, P, REVILL, G, CRESSWELL, T, LORIMER, H and ROSE, G AND WYLIE, J., 2008. Landscape, mobility, practice Social and Cultural Geography. 9, 191-212 (In Press.)
  • MATLESS, D., 2008. Writing English Landscape History Anglia: Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie. 126, 295-311 (In Press.)
  • MATLESS, D., 2008. Properties of ancient landscape: the present prehistoric in twentieth-century Breckland Journal of Historical Geography. 34(1), 68-93
  • MATLESS, D., OLDFIELD, J. and SWAIN, A., 2007. Encountering Soviet Geography: Oral Histories of British Geographical Studies of the USSR and Eastern Europe 1945-1991 Social & Cultural Geography. 8(3), 353-372
  • CHARLES WATKINS, DAVID MATLESS AND PAUL MERCHANT, 2007. Science, sport and the otter, 1945-1978. In: RICHARD HOYLE, ed., Our hunting fathers. Field sports in England, 1850-1980 Carnegie. 165-186 (In Press.)
  • MATLESS, D AND CAMERON, L, 2007. Devotional Landscape: Ecology and Orthodoxy in the Work of Marietta Pallis. In: CONAN, M, ed., Sacred Gardens and Landscapes: Ritual and Agency Dumbarton Oaks. 263-296
  • MATLESS, D. and CAMERON, L., 2007. Geographies of local life: Marietta Pallis and friends, Long Gores, Hickling, Norfolk ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D: Society and Space. VOL 25(NUMB 1), 75-103
  • MATLESS, D. and CAMERON, L., 2006. Experiment in landscape: the Norfolk excavations of Marietta Pallis Journal of Historical Geography. 32(1), 96-126
  • MATLESS, D., MERCHANT, P. and WATKINS, C., 2005. Animal landscapes: otters and wildfowl in England 1945-1970 Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 30(2), 191-205
  • MATLESS, D.S., 2005. Sonic geography in a nature region Social and Cultural Geography. 6(5), 745-766
  • MATLESS, D.S., 2005. Visiting Chat Moss. In: Chat Moss 23-46
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Fields. In: Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture 134-135
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Landscape of Containment. In: Field Day 12-14
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Things Seen on a Broadland Walk. In: Field Day
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Post Offices. In: Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture 70-72
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Sir Francis Younghusband. In: Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Scientists
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Sir Francis Younghusband. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Geographical thoughts from the humanities Journal of Historical Geography. 29, 631-635
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Vaughan Cornish. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • MATLESS, D., 2004. Villages. In: Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture 161-164
  • MATLESS, D. and CAMERON, L., 2004. Marietta Pallis. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • MATLESS, D., 2003. Original theories: science and the currency of the local Cultural Geographies. 10(3), 354-378
  • CAMERON, L. and MATLESS, D., 2003. Benign ecology: Marietta Pallis and the floating fen of the delta of the Danube, 1912-1916 Cultural Geographies. VOL 10(NUMB 3), 253-277
  • CHARLES WATKINS, DAVID MATLESS AND PAUL MERCHANT, 2003. Cultures of Nature: Botany in Herefordshire, England, 1945-1970. In: N WALFORD AND N EVANS, ed., Innovations in Rural Areas Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal. 11-27
  • MATLESS, D., GILBERT, D. and SHORT, B., 2003. Geographies of British Modernity Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, New York.
  • MATLESS, D., 2003. The Properties of Landscape. In: Handbook of Cultural Geography 227-232
  • MATLESS, D., 2002. Topographic Culture: Nikolaus Pevsner and the Buildings of England History Workshop Journal. 54(1), 73-99
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Action and Noise Over a Hundred Years: The Making of a Nature Region Body and Society. VOL 6(PART 3/4), 141-165
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Five Objects, Geographical Subjects. In: Cultural Turns/Geographical Turns
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Forms of knowledge and forms of belonging: regional survey and geographical citizenship. In: The City after Patrick Geddes
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Memory, Popular. In: Dictionary of Human Geography
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Action and Noise over a Hundred Years: the Making of a Nature Region. In: Bodies of Nature
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Versions of animal-human: Broadland, c. 1945-1970. In: Animal Spaces, Beastly Places Routledge, London and New York. 115-140
  • MATLESS, D., 2000. Versions of animal-human: Broadland, c.1945-1970. In: Animal Spaces, Beastly Places
  • MATLESS, D., 1999. The Uses of Cartographic Literacy. In: Mappings
  • LEYSHON, A., MATLESS, D.S. and REVILL, G., eds., 1998. The Place of Music
  • MATLESS, D.S., 1998. Landscape and Englishness Reaktion Books, London.
  • MATLESS, D., 1997. The geographical self, the nature of the social and geoaesthetics: work in social and cultural geography, 1996 Progress in Human Geography. VOL 21(NUMBER 3), 393-405
  • MATLESS, D., 1997. Moral Geographies of English Landscape Landscape Research. VOL 22(NUMBER 2), 141-156
  • MATLESS, D., 1996. New material? Work in cultural and social geography, 1995 Progress in Human Geography. VOL 20(NUMBER 3), 379-391
  • CROUCH, D. and MATLESS, D., 1996. Refiguring geography: Parish Maps of Common Ground Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. VOL 21(NUMBER 1), 236-255
  • MATLESS, D., 1996. Aliens, empire and naked climbing: an eminent geographer remembered Journal of Historical Geography. VOL 22(NUMBER 1), 86-90
  • MATLESS, D., 1996. Visual culture and geographical citizenship: England in the 1940s Journal of Historical Geography. VOL 22(NUMBER 4), 424-439

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