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ABSTRACT. The city has always exerted a pulsating fascination on the human mind. Aristotle sought to define it through the basic analogy with the individual and his body. Freud saw it as a metaphor of our psyche, comparing the archeological layers of the city to the layered structure of the mind. Similarly, artists and writers have found in the city a prolific source of inspiration. The modern city especially has been rendered narratively time and again. The result is, inevitably, a palimpsest, a text of many texts and voices, disparate and interconnected at the same time. pp. 54–66

Keywords: metropolis; flaneur; consumption; urban space; blasé; palimpsest; intertextuality

Alina Anton
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Kobe University, Kobe

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