In my room. Personal Spaces and their Cultural Meanings. ‘Places’ are central to everyday life We develop strong feelings about places and also have a sense of ownership (“My place or yours?) and a sense of belonging (or not belonging)
Personal Spaces and their Cultural Meanings
Gary Usher who co-wrote the lyrics with Brian Wilson further describes that "Brian was always saying that his room was his whole world." Brian seconds this opinion: "I had a room, and I thought of it as my kingdom. And I wrote that song, very definitely, that you're not afraid when you're in your room. It's absolutely true.“ (Wikipedia)
Note on the Beach Boys
Brian Wilson the creative genius behind the band spent many years struggling with mental illness after the group’s early success.
In the early 70s he retreated to his bedroom for three years, spending his time sleeping, eating and taking drugs.
Where is it?
Relation to other places?
Fixed or stationary?
The shape of the place as determined by its boundaries (walls, streets) and by its purpose (work, leisure)
The material structure of the place (even places in fiction are represented in terms of their physical properties)
The personal and emotional attachment we have to a place
Do any examples of the following arouse strong positive or negative feelings?
Flying ducks on the wall –
used to be tasteless now they’re trendy