Deconstructing the Archive: A philological analysis of the verbal and visual constructs of historical landscape narratives (2019)

Alps © Sarah Hobbs

The work will focus on the influence that geological and historiographic studies had at the turn of the nineteenth century in establishing a reading of landscape as a physical archive and informing a new mode of historical engagement with landscape. This research question will be investigated through a detailed study of two primary figures in preservation and restoration theory, the English art-critic John Ruskin and French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, and their Alpine investigations.

Applicant: Aisling O’Carroll, UK