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, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 13–25 | Cite as

An overview of literary mapping projects on cities: literary spaces, literary maps and sociological (re)conceptualisations of space

  • Urška Perenič
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Abstract

The status of literary mapping projects as applied to national capitals or large cities invites fascinating modes of exegesis. The use of literary maps, now one of the main tools in spatially-oriented literary studies, reveals, among other phenomena, the relationship between real and imaginary spaces. This essay proffers two options: maps used in literary studies in a limited fashion and in tandem with spatial studies—i.e., geographical analyses—or a renunciation of maps when literary imageries of cities are determined to be fictional and unreal. The latter possibility is supported particularly by modern sociological (re)conceptualisations of space, which, prior to the spatial turn in post-modernist studies, advocated the view that (city) space is a result of specific material features and of the social dynamics and practices of the users of that space. All considered, it is time perhaps that literary studies reconsider these models and the (appropriate or inappropriate) use of maps.

Keywords

Capitals Cities Real and imaginary spaces Literary maps Modern sociological (re)conceptualisations of space 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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