Centre for European Studies
In these two seminars we shall explore the theoretical premises and practical applications of reading city-centred literature and cinema through maps, with as primary texts a novel by Joseph Conrad and a film by Alfred Hitchcock, and with London as our primary object. The theory informing our study will derive from Mikhail Bakhtin and Franco Moretti, supplemented by the cartographical analyses of film-centred theorists such as Giuliana Bruno, Teresa Castro and Tom Conley.
- Mikhail Bakhtin, ‘Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel’, in The Dialogic Imagination (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981) Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent, ed. Michael Newton (London: Penguin Classics, 2007 )
- Alfred Hitchcock, Foreign Correspondent (US 1940)
- Franco Moretti, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, in Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900 (London: Verso, 1998)
- Giuliana Bruno, Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film(London: Verso, 2002)Teresa Castro, ‘Mapping the City through Film: from “Topophilia” to
UrbanMapscapes’, in Richard Koeck & Les Roberts (eds), The City and the
Image (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)Tom Conley, Cartographic Cinema (Minneapolis: University of MinnesotaPress, 2007)Gene M. Moore (ed.) Conrad’s Cities (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1992): essays byHugh Epstein, Robert Hampson, Paul KirchnerClaire Rosenfield, ‘The Secret Agent’, in Paradise of Snakes (Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 1967)