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


Course Description

We consider how American literature and culture have responded to the formal, social, and conceptual challenges posed by cities. We also consider approaches to the interdisciplinary task of relating our interpretations of novels, films, and works of nonfiction to the historical facts of city life in particular places and times. Primary texts on the syllabus may include Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham, Dreiser's Sister Carrie, Petry's The Street, Simon and Burns's The Corner, Chinatown, and Blade Runner. Students' options for written work in the course will include traditional scholarship, journalistic or essayistic alternatives, or a teaching portfolio.


Instructor(s): Carlo Rotella

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 12-Mar-18