An abridged city: Santiago, Chile in micro-fiction
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In this article I touch on the relations between a micro-fiction literary contest and the production of meanings and urban representations. I concentrate my analysis on the description of how literary entries participating in this micro-fiction contest impart meaning to places within the city and how the contest is able to generate its own particular form of representation – an ‘abridged city.’ The contest is called ‘Santiago in 100 Words’ and has been taking place in Santiago, Chile since 2001. Literary works submitted must have a maximum of 100 words and must address ‘the city or urban contemporary life’. I analyzed a body of 595 micro-stories published between 2001 and 2012, paying special attention to the elements that literary critics have confirmed as fundamental to the genre of micro-fiction (characters, space/time and narrated activities). I complemented this approach with a thematic analysis of each micro-story. Via the analysis I identified two typical channels through which micro-stories generate meaning for the places to which they refer, as well as the way in which the contest creates (through an iterative and systematic manner) a representation of Santiago, Chile. These methods are relevant in understanding the way in which a functioning literary contest participates in the generation of collective references and the establishment of points of view and ways of perceiving the city.
Cita del ítemLiterary Geographies 1(2), 2015, pp. 138-154
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