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Representing People and Landscapes

This module requires students to explore various representations

of events personalities and situations. They evaluate how medium
of production, textual form, perspective and choice of language
influence meaning. The study develops students understanding of
the relationships between representation and meaning

Alain De Botton: British, came from Switzerland, Eurocentric view of

the world, wealthy
Deconstructs the process of travel
Looks at the psychological experience of travel more about
the process rather than the destinations

Word Meaning
Representation The recreation of an experience
or the recreation of a relationship
or the recreation of a personality
in another form
Can be coloured by the
perceptions of the person who is
representing or their value
system, interests, outlook on life,

Personalities Real or imagined, people who

experience the event
Attitudes, way of thinking,
Situations State of mind of the person,
events or something that is to do
with internal responses
Medium of Production Type of text
Art of Travel: hybrid text
written and visual, memoir
Perspective Values, age, outlook, country of

Choice of language Style of words that are used

Words to do with philosophy
Historical allusions
Language of argument and
Formal register at times
juxtaposed with informal
Literary techniques
Relationship How the meaning is shaped and
interpreted by the reader
expectation vs. reality
Landscapes Physical elements of landforms
Living elements of land
Human elements (structures)
Transitory elements (weather)
Based in cities or rural settings
Landscapes Imagined Utopia/dystopia, real place
More than what exists
Recreating a world internally
To do with emotions, the mind
projecting onto a vision
Can be exaggerated
Landscapes Remembered Not always precise, can be about
memory and uncovered by the
unreliability of memory
Projection of desires
Highly selective and emphasised
Emotion and memory can
influence the landscape
Discard the non-important or
non-valuable parts
Significance For the individuals own
experience or changes their
Can take away stress
Significant on a world stage

Psychological landscapes World of the interior

Inscape: unique essence or inner
nature of a person, internal
landscape responding the

Physical and spiritual experience

Composers depiction of those and the way theyre represented
How valuable is the text in terms of society? how do people
respond to events and situations

Whatimpact does the relationship have on the individuals?

Can enhance a sense of identity
Teach a person about philosophy
A place of resources for mankind to use
A place of memory, wonder or joy isolation or loneliness
Can encourage feelings of escape, change, reflection and
A place where others can dominate the landscape
Provide people with a cultural overlay, giving people a sense
of identity
Can encourage closer bonds between people

In this elective, students explore and evaluate various

representations of people and landscapes in their prescribed text
and other related texts of their own choosing. They consider the
ways in which texts represent the relationship between the lives of
individuals or groups and real, remembered or imagined landscapes.
Students analyse representations of peoples experience of
particular landscapes and their significance for the individual or
society more broadly. In their responding and composing, students
develop their understanding of how the relationship between
various textual forms, media of production and language choices
influences and shapes meaning

The Art of Travel

Alain De Botton
Lives in inner London
Writes about philosophy, modern life, identity, art, history and
Britains favourite mass-market metaphysician
He wants to get away from England but when he arrives at
Barbados he is disappointed with the gap between the ideal
and the real

The Art of Travel

Global tourism and history of travel
o Artistic endeavour a conscious process that involves
o Human identity
Travel guide form of text
About mental and emotional stages of travel rather than
Travel as movement as apposed to tourism
o Intertextual references
o Cultural, literary pastiche
o Self portrait
o Emotional responses
o Jokes
o Modernist style
o Romantic passages
o Poetic passages
o Wit
o Motifs
o Identifying with style of artistic, literary tour guide
o Imagery
o Rhetoric
o Language of argument, intellect

1. Self-referential
2. Multi-modal
a. Visual and verbal
3. Critical and self reflective
4. Includes stories with discourse
a. Informal with formal
b. Intellect with emotional
5. Allusions and actual stories
6. Meant to represent an eye-witness travel guide
7. Jokes
8. Rhetoric

People & Landscapes

Sophisticated travel account
The history of travel
Written when tourism is a massive industry in the world
Talking to an audience that know what its like to travel
o Narrowing down his audience
Relationship between the traveller and the landscape is
shaped by:
o Familiarity
o State of mind
o Imagination
o Emotion
o The senses
o Expectations
o The search for beauty/sublime
o Curiosity
Landscapes are not static, they are fluid and shift as we move
through them

An analytic philosophic variation on conventional travel books. It

takes a critical, thinking view of the world of contemporary tourism
and travel holidays in relation to a wider view of travel
The idea of philosophical knots
Interrelationship with the reader and the writer
- Imitates travel
- Written as a journey
- 5 sections

- Focusing on the characters/personalities on travellers rather
than what they see
- A philosopher and humanist, makes him interested in human
experiences and the response to the landscape
- I now wanted to write about beauty

- Travel requires receptivity and the ability to see anew
- The response to landscape reveals as much about the
beholder, as it does about the landscape itself
- Imagination is culturally and textually mediated
- The artist fuels how we imagine a landscape