Journal of Romance Studies

Introduction

Journal of Romance Studies (2007), 7, (1), 1–6.

Abstract

What ways of conceiving the city might be signalled by the term ‘imagined city’? This introduction traces the emergence of this term – and its Spanish equivalent the ‘ciudad imaginada’ – in key critical texts that have stimulated international debate about how the realm of the city might encompass both its representations in a range of media and its more concrete environments. It foregrounds the role that writing on cities in Romance and associated cultures has played in the representation of the city as a space of hope as well as of conflict and places exploration of the imagined city more centrally within the field of Romance Studies. It stresses the centrality of women’s experience and cultural production to the emergence of a range of imagined cities, not only acknowledging contestation between different imagined cities, but also exploring the ways in which women in a range of Romance and associated cultures are reimagining cities that might be more hospitable to a range of citizens.

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Andrews, Margaret