chapter  16
Dreams, Memories, Longings
The dimension of projected places in fiction
ByBarbara Piatti
Pages 8

In short, total immersion into a place of longing. A movie that features a whole series of "transition moments" is Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where two former lovers try to get rid of their memories by a chemical procedure. A theory dealing with projected places needs to address the issue that it is all about a second-degree construction. To begin with, a few examples from world literature: In Flaubert's Madame Bovary, the eponymous heroine living in the province of Normandy is dreaming about Paris. The concept of projected places can support and ease the readings of fictional narratives. A selection of three examples is offered, chosen from an overwhelming wealth of literally described childhood places, respectively spaces. The most important point in the current context is, however, the strikingly significant role that projected places play within the three respective plots.