‘An Avenue that Looks Like Me’: Re-presenting the Modern Cityscape

Nigianni, Betty (2006) ‘‘An Avenue that Looks Like Me’: Re-presenting the Modern Cityscape’, European Studies, 23(2006), pp. 63-80.

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Abstract

This article looks at the representation of an Athenian avenue as it appears in a contemporary Greek short story, in an attempt to trace the profile of the place as an ultimately modern space called into question, however, by transgressions. The story ‘I Think That Syngrou Avenue Looks Like Me’ by Manos Kontoleon describes the unique relationship developed between the writer and the highspeed avenue that connects the centre of Athens with its coastline: initiated by and experienced via an embodied approach to space, this relationship allows the writer to identify himself with a particular part of the city. The discussion of Kontoleon’s portrayal of Syngrou Avenue focuses on the relationship between space and subjective experience, a relationship that has been a subject of investigation in modern European art and architectural theory over the past century. The paper specifically draws on psychoanalytic and phenomenological theories, which reflect this particular sensibility towards modern space, aiming in this way to contribute further to the discussion of European cityscapes and urban mindscapes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Nigianni, B. (2006) ‘‘An Avenue that Looks Like Me’: Re-presenting the Modern Cityscape’, European Studies, 23 (2006) pp.63-80.
Divisions: Schools > Arts and Digital Industries, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 15:24
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 11:59
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1095

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