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


Course Description

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar examines the fit between the material facts of city life and artistic choices made by writers and filmmakers in works ranging from Sister Carrie and The Living is Easy to Blade Runner and High Fidelity. We take an American Studies approach, but students are welcome to write on non-American works and cities. Our recurring topics include reading for the city as a critical strategy, textual form and urban form, how works of art explore emerging and declining urban orders, and the role of genre in engaging a historical city and imagining a fictional one.


Instructor(s): Carlo Rotella

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 17-Jan-18