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PhD Defence: Seven Senses of the City : Urban Spacetime and Sensory Memory in Contemporary Sinophone Fiction
January 21, 2020 - 14:15
Public doctoral dissertation defence by Astrid Møller-Olsen
What happens when the city you live in changes over night? When the streets and neighborhoods that form the material counterpart to your mental soundtrack of memory suddenly cease to exist? The rapidly changing cityscapes of Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai form an environment of urban flux that causes such questions to surface in literary texts
In this dissertation, I engage with themes of scented nostalgia, flavors in fiction, walking as method, literary cartography, the melody of language, gendered cityscapes, metafictional dreams and rhythmic senses of time to study how contemporary cities change the way we think about time, space and memory.