Petia Parpoulova, Comparative Literature
The Ethics of Space in the Architecture, Film and Literature of
My dissertation project is interdisciplinary and explores the influence of architectural developments on the Surrealist and Expressionist film and literature of the 1920s. I study the impact of the trench experience in the Great War on the artistic production and appropriation of space. My dissertation explores the relationship between Joseph Roths literary re-working of the subjective confrontation with trench space and his contemporaries post war response to Viennas Ringstrasse and department store architecture, as well as the fascination of Surrealist literature with the underground architecture of C. N. Ledoux and the relationship between the architectural concept of the facade and the representation of the human face in the films of Man Ray. My studies of literature, film and architecture seek to develop theoretical concepts such as Benjamin and Kracauers two dimensional screen space, Henri Lefebvres representational space and Heideggers Bewandnisraum.