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'It's paper, paper, maps': City Maps, Poetic Bodies

'It's paper, paper, maps': City Maps, Poetic Bodies
91 Charles Street W., Victoria College room 206
Time: Feb 5th, 3:00 pm End: Feb 5th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, Geography & Planning (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Comparative Literature (FAS), Cities and Humanities, Architecture, Landscape, Design
Lecture by Joanne Leow, Northrop Frye Centre Fellow

The Northrop Frye Centre is pleased to present a public seminar:

Joanne Leow, Northrop Frye Centre Fellow

"It's paper, paper, maps": City Maps, Poetic Bodies

How do we find our way around a city today? We live in a time dominated by city maps of all sorts: from GPS to blueprints to the work of urban planners and property developers. These maps are so ubiquitous that they have become the dominant ways that we understand and experience space. But how do we really find our way around the city, negotiating the various layers of histories, memories, the present, and what may be in the process of becoming our future?

This talk considers the role of the literary in the production of urban spaces. Reading texts from transnational cities like Singapore, Vancouver, and Toronto through the lens of spatial theory, we will consider how human sociality and complexity can intervene in the capitalist city. Literary readings will pair poems with condominiums, verses with architecture, and stanzas with ruins. How might literature alter the ways in which we dwell in space beyond maps? What might come from the poet Dionne Brand’s revelation that “It’s paper, /paper, maps. Maps that get wet and rinse out, in my hand /anyway”?
Join us on Thursday, February 5th at 3:00pm in VIC206 for the continuation of the Northrop Frye Centre Public Seminars series with Joanne Leow.  All are welcome! Please contact nfc@utoronto.ca for more information and to RSVP.

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