This article focuses on the representation of the aerial gaze and the vertical landscape in two works by the Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli. By referring maps or the experience of traveling by plane, the aerial perspective shows the difficulty of representing a place and the chance of creating an illusory territory that complements the horizontal dimension of her urban walks. The verticality of the landscape represented in the texts confronts the everyday nature of walking with an abstract image mediated by the visual culture of the aerial view and tourism. In the reflexive distance of the vertical gaze, Luiselli's work highlights the contemplative and dreaming capacity of walking.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Flaneuse's aerial gaze: The vertical landscape in Valeria Luiselli's papeles falsos and "swings of Harlem"|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - 2019|