Mullholland, Terri / Sierra, Nicole (eds)
Spatial Perspectives: Essays on Literature and Architecture
Oxford 2015. X, 258 pp., 14 coloured ill., 14 b/w ill.
Cultural Interactions. Studies in the Relationship Between the Arts, 37
General Editor: J. B. Bullen
pb. ISBN 978-3-0343-1771-9
We are delighted to announce the publication of Spatial Perspectives: Essays on Literature and Architecture, edited by Terri Mullholland and Nicole Sierra.
This publication was commissioned following the success of the Spatial Perspectives conference.
This interdisciplinary collection explores the dynamic relationship between literature and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Contributions take the reader on a journey through unexplored byways, from Istanbul to New York to London, from event spaces to domestic interiors to the fictional buildings of the novel.
Topics include the building of imaginary spaces, such as the architectural models of comic book worlds created by the cartoonist Seth and the Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, which is both novel and building. Real architectural spaces are recontextualized through literature: reading the work of Louis Kahn through his personal library and envisioning the writing haven of James Baldwin through his novels. Another approach links literary style with architectural form, as in the work of the New York School poets, who reformulate the built environment on the page. Architectural landmarks like Robert Stevenson’s Roundhouse (1847), Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition and the 2012 Olympic Park are reconsidered as counter-narratives of postcolonialism and empire, and the New York skyline is examined alongside literature and visual culture.
This collection demonstrates the reciprocal exchange that exists between the disciplines of literature and architecture and promotes new ways of understanding these interactions.
Please click HERE for the TABLE OF CONTENTS.
We would like to thank all our contributors for their exciting and insightful essays and all those who attended the conference and engaged with these debates.