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ENGL 9904 PhD Seminar: The City (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar examines how novels and films have engaged the interlinked formal, social, and conceptual problems posed by cities. We will concentrate, in particular, on the urban reading as a critical stategy, the fit between textual form and urban form, how different genres exploit classically urban processes such as development and urbanization, neighborhood narratives as regionalism, and the role of formula in both addressing a historical city and imagining a fictional one. Texts will be 20th century American (from Sister Carrie to Blade Runner, The Custom of the Country to Native Speaker) but there’s room for other literatures and periods.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Carlo Rotella

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 28-Sep-15