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"Trafalgar Square Conservation Area"

Title: The "Trafalgar Square Conservation Area": Deconstructing Spatial Narratives with/in a Collective Framework.
Name(s): Bergholtz, Joel, author
Department of English
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Abstract: (Key Terms: Collective Framework, Rhetorical Theory, Trafalgar Square, Spatial Narratives) This thesis is a rhetorical examination of language as elicited in spatial narratives. In doing so, it examines the various symbols that public spaces employ in order to rhetorically speak to us, move us, and make us act in certain ways. More specifically, it addresses Trafalgar Square as a problem space, deconstructing the various spatial narratives leading into and within the square. In deconstructing these narratives, it attempts to find implicit meaning in what is explicitly inscribed into the land, and to examine this meaning alongside the social narrative that its occupants hold. This constructed narrative is explored through three frameworks: that of the physical framework of the square, those spatially enacted frameworks leading into it, and the larger collective framework of the city to which the square contributes. It finds that the frameworks of public space generally work toward establishing and authorizing a unifying ideological connection between the present society and societies of the past. However, these narratives are dependent on individual agents participating in the space's various frameworks; the meaning of a space is obfuscated by a society's current participant's usage of the space. In addition to this obfuscation, it discovers that the past role of a space can obfuscate the present meaning and role of the space in the overall framework, and that the present meaning can in turn obfuscate how individuals relate to and interpret the past.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0294 (IID)
Keywords: Trafalgar Square, Rhetorical Theory, Collective Framework, Spatial Narratives, British Imperialism, Visual Rhetoric, Memory Studies
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 18, 2014.
Subject(s): Culture -- Study and teaching
Europe -- History
Language and languages -- Philosophy
Political science
Social change
Critical theory
Arts -- Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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