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ENGL 8856 The City in American Literature and Culture (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

We will consider how American literature has responded to the formal, material, and conceptual challenges posed by cities. We will also consider some approaches to the interdisciplinary task of relating urban literature to the social, economic, and political facts of city life in particular places and times. Primary texts on the syllabus may include The Rise of Silas Lapham, A Street in Bronzeville, Chinatown, The Corner. Scholars we engage will include familiar figures (e.g., Raymond Williams, Mike Davis) as well as representatives of newer waves in urban literary studies (e.g., Farah Griffin, Catherine Jurca).

Instructor(s): Carlo Rotella

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13