“‘Cosmopolis’. The Fluid City: Literary Representations of the Transnational City” investigates the literary representation of the transnational and transcultural city in fiction by women writers in four diasporic axes or routes: those which describe the migrations in the American-Hispanic, Canadian and European Atlantic routes and the Asia-Pacific route. Resulting from the extensive output of the research group “Intersecciones” (“Intersections”), this project focuses on the analysis of the physical, virtual and symbolic fluxes which are constitutive of global cities, as well as on the literary representations of intra- and trans-urban movement, including strategies, metaphors and sub/genres. In its nature as successor of “Megápolis” (HUM2006-13601-C02-01), this new project extends the study of gateway cities (for example London, Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Vancouver or Sydney), pursued in the previous one, to peripheral nodes such as Aberdeen, Miami, Calgary or Perth, among other cities, and para-urban spaces, with the objective of drawing the geotextual routes of the global transnational city of the 21st century and its literary representation, with particular emphasis on gender, movement and corporeality, as well as on the imagined cosmopolis of difference.
Most of the researchers in the project are members of the research group “Intersecciones”, which, as the name indicates, examines the intersections of theories, cultures and methodologies in the contemporary world, such as European culture in the international context from the perspective of postcolonial and gender theories, as well as of diaspora, migration and multicultural studies. In order to do this, it makes use of interdisciplinary methodologies, also with the aim to account for the processes of national redefinition and postnationalisms in Europe, with special emphasis on Anglophone and Francophone countries. In addition, it is interested in the literatures and cultural products of minorised, racialised and diasporic groups. It studies hybridity, transculturation and its cultural expression.