Urban Space and Literature Studies: Conflict in Tuscan Spaces

Ross Lecture

While many monographs and articles have been published on the relationship between the text and a named location (e.g. specific cities such as Paris, London, Rome etc.), literary studies have produced relatively little in terms of spatial-textual theory. In general, literary critics tend to borrow from other, related fields—such as geography, architecture, philosophy or sociology—in order to analyze the spatial in literature. This part of the seminar will concern theories on space and place from both geographical and literary perspectives. Drawing on these (and other, related) theories, we will analyze literary and filmic texts, set in Tuscany, which exemplify spaces of alterity (based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class etc.) and conflict, in order to explore how urban space is configured in contemporary novels (e.g. Avallone’s Swimming to Elba) and film (e.g. Soldini’s Rom Tour).

Silvia Ross, University College Cork
Wednesday Apr 27th 2016, 9.30am-0.30pm, Aula Pietre, Palazzo di San Clemente, Via Micheli 2
Wednesday Apr 27th 2016, 2.30am-5.30pm, Aula Pietre, Palazzo di San Clemente, Via Micheli 2