The Detective of Modern Life
(Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Teresa Stoppani)
The premise of this thesis is based on how the nineteenth-century city reconfigured human experience. The main argument is explored using the private detective literature of nineteenth-century London from which the clue is extracted as a semantic device and used as tool/site of investigation into urban questions. Secondly, the the thesis proposes the literary figure of the English private detective as equivalent to that of the flâneur - a figure considered to be hosted in Paris and lacking in London. Both figures provide semiographical readings of nineteenth-century capital cities.
PhD completed this year.
Tania López Winkler is an architect and exhibiting artist based in London. Central to her work is the investigation of the world of fantasy embedded in the quotidian. Her interests are focused on the liminal space between interior space and city (as enacted in detective fiction and manifested in architecture), as well as drawings of an architecture that emerges from the psyche and its negotiation with reality. She is invited to give lectures and seminars in many countries including England, France, the United States, Italy, Spain, Poland and Mexico. She holds architecture degrees from ITESM in Mexico and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.