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Urbanity and literature - cities as transareal spaces of movement in Assia Djebar, Emine Sevgi Ozdamar and Cecile Wajsbrot

  • Transarea studies focus upon spaces as created by the movements that criss-cross them. From this point of view, from its very beginnings, literature is closely interrelated with a vectorial (and much less with a purely spatial) conception of history - and with urbanity, which plays a decisive role in Gilgamesh's travels through a (narrative) cosmos centered upon the city of Uruk. This article explores the city as a transareal space of movement in three examples of literature, with no fixed abode, around the turn of the millennium, i.e. Assia Djebar's Les Nuits de Strasbourg, Emine Sevgi Oezdamar's Istanbul-Berlin Trilogy, and Cecile Wajsbrot's L'ile aux musees. These three writers project, in a very specific way, cities in motion as anagrammatic and fractal structures.

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Author:Ottmar EtteGND
ISSN:1062-7987 (print)
Parent Title (English):European review : interdisciplinary journal of the humanities and sciences of the Academia Europea
Publisher:Cambridge Univ. Press
Place of publication:Cambridge
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2011
Year of Completion:2011
Release Date:2017/03/26
First Page:367
Last Page:383
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik
Peer Review:Referiert