From the beginning of the 1990s (with the end of the Cold war and the Gulf War) to 2010 (with the ongoing “war on terror”) we find a corpus of city novels which is increasingly conscious of the politicisation of the image as well as of the intricate relation between fiction and (in)security. Our data basis examines the impact of the media in literary production and explores how images, messages and metaphors circulate between media (particularly visual media) and are reworked by contemporary writers in both sides of the Atlantic.

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