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22 Oct - "Spatial Perception and Genre Borders" European Netias Lecture by Merja Polvinen, Senior Lecturer in English Philology, University of Helsinki, Finland

The conference of Merja Polvinen is organized in cooperation with NetIAS, Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study and is part of the European NetIAS Lecture Series.

Oct 22, 2020 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

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How do readers imagine the places and spaces of fiction? What kinds of qualities of text encourage us to generate spatial imaginations, and what makes such imaginations "vivid"? What happens when texts turn our assumptions and imaginings inside out? I approach these questions via China Miéville's conceptual thriller The City & The City (2009), a story of two urban communities that maintain a border as unassailable as the Berlin Wall, but which consists only of conceptual and perceptual actions.

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