Наслеђе 50 (2021), стр. 283-292

АУТОР(И): Nikola M. Bubanja


Download Full Pdf   

DOI: 10.46793/NasKg2150.283B


Narratourbological mapping foregoes the idea of the literary as nostalgically turned towards the natural and away from the industrial in favour of the idea of the literary as historically moving toward the urban, and participating in its construal. Detective fiction, at the same time, appears a genre inherently urban,  from  the  early  modern,  to the contemporary instances (from the prototypical Dupin to Auster’s Quinn). Mapping and accordingly analysing Christie’s popular detective’s short stopover at Belgrade and its context, however, allows an opportunity for reading it as gesturing away from the urban. The plotted line of movement of Christie’s fiction, though connecting urban entities, takes centre stage, drawing away from its subservient construing points. The scarce, short urban stopovers are exposed as representations not of the urban, but of leaving the urban. The excluded urban is argued to have been relegated to the role of quasi-retarding devices (foreshadowed or hind sighted) images and counterpoints of the fiction’s ‘grand arrest’ – the fatal (and final) stop containing both the crime and its solving, outside of the urban.


narratourbology, map, urban, rural, textual, detective fiction, Belgrade


Works cited
  • Barthes 1988: Roland Barthes, Semiology and Urbanism, in The Semiotic Challenge, translated by Richard Howard, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
  • Bošković & Ilić 1998: Dragan Bošković & Saša Ilić, Odisej: kataloška priča, Novi Sad: Matica srpska.
  • Bošković 2020: Dragan Bošković: Geokulturno i naratourbološko  središte  moderne srpske književnosti, u, Naselja u djelima srpskih pisaca, urednik Miloš Kovačević, Pale: Filozofski fakultet Univerziteta u Istočnom Sarajevu, 17-44. Lojanica 2011: Marija Lojanica, Antropološka trilogija Borislava Pekića i metafizička detektivska proza, u, Književna istorija, br. XLII 2011 143/144, urednik
  • Miodrag Maticki, Beograd: Institut za književnost i umetnost, 215-228.
  • Moretti 1999: Franco Moretti, Atlas of the European Novel, London and New York: Verso (imprint of New Left Books).
  • Moretti 2005: Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History, London and New York: Verso (imprint of New Left Books).
  • Nikolić 2021: „Tek u Parizu zaplakali su prvi put”: slika Pariza u Romanu o Londonu Miloša Crnjanskog, Lipar 73, Kragujevac: Filološko-umetnički fakultet i Univerzitet u Kragujevcu, 186-207.
  • Žižek 2011: Slavoj Žižek, Living in the End Times, London & New York: Verso (imprint of New Left Books).
  • Christie 1991: Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express, New York: Harper Paperbacks (Harper Collins Publishers)
  • Christie 2010 (19771): Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
Referenced online content
  • A Literary Atlas of Europe – Ein Literarischer Atlas Europas,, accessed August 15th 2021
  • Digital Literary Atlas of Ireland, 1922-1949,, accessed August 15th 2021
  • Literary Atlas: Plotting English-Language Novels in Wales, http://www.literaryatlas. wales/en/, accessed August 15th 2021
  • Unreal City: A Map Of Fictional London,, accessed August 15th 2021
  • World Literary Atlas,, accessed August 15th 2021