IPP Workshop Series: Marija Spirkovska: Waylosing and Wayfinding: Studying Space in Literature
Feb 12, 2019
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||Elizabeth Kovach|
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Waylosing and Wayfinding: Studying Space in Literature
This IPP workshop will revolve around a study of space and place, particularly that of the urban environment, as represented in literary projects spanning modernism and postmodernism. More specifically, we will be interested in exploring narrative experiences of being lost, perplexed, anxious, and/or paranoid in the spaces of the city.
In the first part of the workshop, the basic theoretical equipment for this analysis will be located in a brief overview of the importance of space in literary and philosophical thought, made especially prominent by the ‘spatial turn’ of the last three decades of literary study. Additionally, drawing on scholarship in the burgeoning fields of literary cartography and literary geography, background will be provided on the concept of sense of place and its anchoring in phenomenology. A complementary concept will be that of the mental map – a seemingly unremarkable yet highly subjective way in which we navigate our everyday habitats and actively partake in place-making. In the second part, participants will have the chance to create their own mental maps and reflect on their psychical responses to the places in the city they choose to include (or exclude). Finally, to make the leap from real to fictional places, and probe literary means of ‘making sense of place’, we will examine these concepts in a selection of excerpts from prose fiction originating from the 20th century.