My dissertation was nominated by the WSA for a RIBA president’s medal, and, while it didn’t win, you can see it on their website here.
Works of fiction describe places, and from that representation the image of the place — both the character’s and the reader’s — is composed. In considering the experiences of characters in post- colonial migrant literature we can see that images of places affect and inform our experiences of them. In particular, fiction can render impermanent and intangible dimensions of places apparent: it shows not only how the material form is interpreted, but also how social relationships structure the space. This dissertation argues that the representation of place in fiction is a strong field for architectural analysis, with potential to shed light both on the ways in which places are perceived and inhabited and on the ways in which those representations function.