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Prolínající se města ve světové spekulativní fikci

Title in English Blending Cities in World Speculative Fiction


Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This paper will focus on the boundaries and blending of urban spaces in the work of two important authors of this millennium, namely Robert Jackson Bennett's The Divine Cities trilogy (2014-2017, no. 2015-2018) and Chyna Miéville's The City & the City (2009). The first step will be to situate the topic in the context of urban fantasy, a genre to which the texts under study can be loosely assigned and which is based on the prominent position of the city topos within the fictional world and narrative. We then focus on the ways in which the boundaries of the profane and sacred (Bennett) and the home-perceived and foreign-ignored urban space are experienced or overlooked by the characters in the novels, and how the experience of space determines the characters' reality and conditions their actions. Translated with (free version)

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