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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 10/31/2014)