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ADEN 1213 Cityscapes:Literary Portraits (Fall: 4 )


Course Description

Cities offer authors rich geographic and imaginative space in which to explore quests for life, love, happiness, excitement and success. Course explores how authors invest the urban landscape with symbolic meaning so that the setting almost becomes another character in the text. Discussion focuses on how setting affects character, including urban socialites, capitalists, gangsters and entrepreneurs. Readings include Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Ron Suskind’s A Hope in the Unseen, and select poetry and drama.


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Last Updated: 20-Feb-14