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Mapping spiritual topographies is all about exploring and representing the conditions and potentials of man in terms of places and locations. This chapter approaches first the more direct references which address the referential dynamics of the cartographic codes to be found in Bernard's textual mapping. Next, it addresses the interaction partly between the place and its spiritual connotations, partly between the various places and the topographical whole. The point of departure is taken, however, in quite another approach to the issue of textual topographies. The chapter maintains Meyer's idioms as technical terms and distinguishes between an empirical-geographical Lokal and a spiritually and symbolically marked Raum, arguing that although Meyer's distinction is challenged and modified by the ways in which Bernard administers his topographical material, his argument may help clarify structures in the Bernardine representations of place.

Keywords: Bernard's textual mapping; Bernardine cartography; Lokal; Raum; spiritual connotations; textual topographies



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