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Vicenç Villatoro and Sam Abrams

The Logic of Locus

Literary fiction – and non-fiction! – is almost always rooted in a physical place, be it real or imaginary. Literature is written from a place. And literary stories have a setting or invent one for the action to take place in. Is the place from which stories are written and their events unfold relevant? Does it make sense in the 21st century to talk about local traditions? And if it does, how do they relate to one another? Is cosmopolitan literature the kind that doesn’t happen anywhere or that happens somewhere but offers the keys for universal understanding? What is the connection between new realisms and new places? Have stories through images – always specific and therefore localised – replaced the story in words, which have the ability to be abstract and therefore placeless?

Authors: Vicenç Villatoro, Sam Abrams

23 March 2019