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Towards the memory theater: The re-presentation of the city in literature and architecture

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Title: Towards the memory theater: The re-presentation of the city in literature and architecture
Author: Herrera, John Philip
Advisor: Waldman, Peter
Degree: Master of Architecture thesis
Abstract: This thesis examines ways in which the re-presentation of the city in literature can serve as a model for the re-presentation of the city in architecture. The vehicle for this investigation is the memory theater, a theater in which the "play" is enacted by the spectator. The "play" is the play of the memory/imagination as it confronts a series of seemingly meaningless abstractions. The experience of reading the city as a text simulates the dynamic of the memory theater. In Ulysses, Joyce employs the memory theater's strategy of role reversal to reconstruct Dublin in the text by forcing the reader into a position of co-authorship. In order to re-present the city, architecture must effect a similar suspension of meaning in formal and spatial terms. I have attempted to create the memory theater as a means of demonstrating through architecture that the city is written by whomever reads it.
Citation: Herrera, John Philip. (1991) "Towards the memory theater: The re-presentation of the city in literature and architecture." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13560.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13560
Date: 1991

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