Literary Geography/Topo‑Analysis/ Psychogeoraphy and the Art of Wandering. A Case Study: Camil Petrescu’s Fiction


Abstract: The interest in the relationship between (urban) space and (states of) mind has been increasing constantly, especially with the development of globalized metropolitan areas around the world. With more or less ineffable tools, in all seriousness or with a tinge of postmodern playfulness, in the footsteps of the Surrealist or Situationist movements, cultural criticism took to exploring the emotional side of the cityscape, be it factual or fictional, past or present. Recent researches have attempted to trace the connection between literary texts and socio‑psychological spaces within or beyond. This paper offers a re‑reading of some well‑known fragments from Camil Petrescu’s novels Ultima noapte de dragoste, întâia noapte de război [The Last Night of Love, the First Night of War] and Patul lui Procust [The Bed of Procrustes], from the perspective of “urban studies” (using the terminology and tools of literary geography/topo‑analysis/psychogeography).

Keywords: identity, urban studies, literary geography, topo‑analysis, psychogeography