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Sur les Villes Invisibles de Walter Benjamin et Italo Calvino (et les Passages où ils se rencontrent)

Abstract : From Walter Benjamin’s Paris to Berlin, passing by Italo Calvino’s "Invisible Cities", the urban space is a place where the literary language unravels its images and their brightness. We can distinguish a dotted, transparent world. This shows us the invisibility hidden in the neutrality and anonymity of everyday life and, at the same time, the “invisibility of the visibility” as said by Michel Foucault. This territory becomes itself a porous space, a transitional one, between imaginary and reality, that shows up when streets and houses, steeples and crossroads appear in the text, which become also signs and emblems, riddles and rebus, without beginning or end, like an invisible filigree that the stroller can try to follow, during a walk along the Rhine or the Seine. Then the possibility appears of a map and its uninhabitable territories, only traveled by roads of language that we follow with the finger. The one who has the map can ask the question: where is that place he dwells? Where is his way, where does he come from and where does he go?
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Thomas Jonas. Sur les Villes Invisibles de Walter Benjamin et Italo Calvino (et les Passages où ils se rencontrent). ANA PAULA COUTINHO; GONÇALO VILAS-BOAS; JORGE BASTOS DA SILVA; MARIA DE FÁTIMA OUTEIRINHO; MARIA HERMÍNIA LAUREL. ESPAÇOS LITERÁRIOS: POÉTICAS URBANAS, Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, pp.7-31, 2018, Libretos, 978-989-99999-7-8. ⟨10.21747/9789899999978/lib17⟩. ⟨hal-03250171⟩

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