Dream writing telematics

Tata, M and Guntarik, O 2019, 'Dream writing telematics', New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 1-8.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Dream writing telematics
Author(s) Tata, M
Guntarik, O
Year 2019
Journal name New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The Arcades Project evokes a dreamy vision of the seduction of Paris in the 1930s as the city is transformed into a world of decadence, depravity and escape. Benjamin's writing takes us to the Oneiropolis, a social ecosystem saturated by the déluge of a 'dreamy tide of bad taste' bathing citizens and tourists in the narcotic waters of spectacle. Even today, as we read Benjamin's disjointed yet baroque reflections on this Paris, we are pushed benevolently into a labyrinth populated by familiar characters, like the flâneurs, gamblers, collectors, feuilletonists, prostitutes, fashion creatures and fellow dreamers, all of whom energise an ever-present mood of foreboding, waste and collapse with loaded tropological questions about life, modernism and modernity. 'What was gathering there?' 'Where was the light coming from?' Indeed, what would the darkness illuminate? For light and darkness themselves have entered a chiasmus only poetically to exchange properties.
Subject Media Studies
Social and Cultural Geography
Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Keyword(s) Oneirography
social ontology
dream city
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14790726.2019.1566372
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