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Authors:Liedeke Plate: Dept. of Comparative Arts/Cultural Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Publication title:Doing Cities by the Book: Literary Walking-Tours and Cosmopolitan Identities
Conference:The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:020
Article No.:013
Abstract:The past decades saw the rise of the literary walk throughout Europe. Like all walking-tours ’in the footsteps of’, the literary walk is part of the so-called ’theming’ of historical sites, mediating urban experience in terms of the ’experience economy’ (Pine & Gilmore) and standing in uneasy relation to ’city branding’ as the deliberate manipulation of the city’s image for commercial exploitation. Reconstituting a literary experience in space through the ’rewriting’ of literary texts as urban texts, they mediate people’s approaches to the literary past as they speak of (and to) a desire for an embodied experience that is locked in the ’fast time’ of economic globalization, at once resisting it and inextricably part of it.

Focusing on the literary walking tour as a performance of the city that is exemplary of the ways in which literature constitutes an ’imagined city’ that is, in its turn, projected onto the built environment, this paper explores the literary walk as a particular form of cultural mediation that needs to be considered in the context of the transformed cultural, economic and political cityscapes of Europe.

Language:English
Year:2006
No. of pages:4
Pages:135–138
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/020/013/ecp072013.pdf
Available:2007-03-06
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Liedeke Plate (2006). Doing Cities by the Book: Literary Walking-Tours and Cosmopolitan Identities, The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena, Sweden, 25–29 October, 2006 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=020;article=013 (accessed 4/16/2014)