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Master of Arts (MA)
The urban imaginary is that which bases itself in a real physical and concrete space,
but is a construction created through the lense of a city's inhabitants. This thesis follows
narratives that have reconfigured the cities of MÃ©xico City, San Juan and Caracas from the
novels Hotel DF (2010), Simone (2011) and the film Pelo Malo (2013) respectively. These
contemporary Latin American & Caribbean narratives provide insight into sentiments
about one's country. NÃ©stor GarcÃa Canclini and Henri Lefebvre have argued the city is a
whole, and therefore it is analyzed as a microcosm and epicenter of its nation. With
emphasis on everyday movement as living in urban spaces among other bodies, people give
rhythm to the city and eventually give it form. Their inhabiting the city inherently tie
together time, space and being. The city itself, a defined space, depicts the passage of time
in its architectural infrastructure its landscape €“ buildings and streets €“ that are weaved with
history and memory. The dynamic between the social and the physical, the entanglement of
temporalities conjure a variety of memories to recount a spaces story that interacts with
that of its subject. This conversation between the being and the space initiates the
construction of the urban imaginary. Within these texts, are visible and legible the living
remnants of the projected realities of their city's struggle for democracy, national identity
and colonial subjectivity. This thesis aims to analyze the types of memory represented in the
literary and visual urban spaces that unfolds in a dialogue between its subjects and the city.
Alvarez, Marina Marisela, "Tejidos Urbanos: Representaciones Literarias y Visuales De la Memoria en la Ciudad Imaginada" (2018). Master's Theses. 3659.
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