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Invisible Geographies, led by Ariel March Williams

In this Sunday study group, we will focus on the spaces that evade or escape our awareness, and the work of writers and filmmakers who have attempted to map these geographies. We will explore imaginary and symbolic spaces (narrated cities, invented planets, and complex countrysides), philosophical spaces (immanency, and places of transformation), spaces too easily lived or familiar to see (the trajectory of vehicles, the distance across the street, cyberspace and the day-to-day), and spaces in time (memory and monument, lineage and legacy). The subject has been constructed around some selected texts and films, but contributions or suggestions are encouraged as our meetings progress, and as our discussions take inevitable turns and twists.

Sample of possible materials to be covered:


Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities

Susan Howe: 'Thorow'

Deleuze and Guattari: 'The Smooth and The Striated'

Sir Thomas Browne: Urn Burial

Chris Marker's 'San Soleil'

Peter Greenaway's 'A Walk Through H'

Georges Perec: Species of Spaces, and others

Theresa Cha: Dictée

Select chapters of Proust's Swann's Way (on the Guermantes Way)