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ENGL 7746 The City in American Literature and Culture (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

We will consider how American literature and culture has responded to the formal and conceptual challenges posed by cities. Taking an American Studies approach to our subject, our inquiry will include not only novels (e.g. Sister Carrie, Native Speaker) and other literary forms but also film (e.g., Chinatown, Blade Runner), music, landscape, and more. We'll also read scholars like Betsy Klimasmith, Thomas Heise, and Catherine Jurca, who offer interdisciplinary models for relating the interpretation of texts to the social, economic, and political facts of city life.

Instructor(s): Carlo Rotella

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13