Magic Mirrors: Reconstructing lost interiors from instructional and constructional writing

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Abstract

Stories, fictional or factual, usually refer to things and places, real or imagined that are, apparently, anterior. What happens, however, if we tell stories about the future? If writing precedes building, which one represents which? This chapter will address what is literally creative writing: the specifications and instructions that generate the planning, construction, and occupation of spaces This chapter will explore the narrative potential of ritual rubric, domestic advice, and technical guidance, examining games with tense, time and the problem of authorship to argue that Once Upon a Time can be set in the future, as well as the past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion on Architecture, Literature and the City
EditorsJonathan Charley
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315613154
ISBN (Print)9781472482730
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2018

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