Course Schedule

Note: Please check this schedule regularly for access to readings and possible changes.

Part One: The City as Icon


Carl Sandburg, “Chicago”
Richard Lehan, “Urban Signs and Urban Literature



Walt Whitman, “Manhatta” and Manhatta film
The City, 1939 documentary



Chs. V, Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Chs. 1-4, Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie



Images of our cities – Bring a few representations of the city on which you will do your final project


Part Two: Imagining the City


Peter Preston and Paul Simpson-Housely, “Writing the City

Carlo Rotella, “The City of Feeling and the City of Fact”

TheoryCultureSociety: New Representations of the City



Visualizing the City:
Frans Masereel, The City: A Novel in Pictures
Seeing Calvino, based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (note: scroll down until you get to the actual images)
City Symphony Primer
A Bronx Morning



Michael Zadoorian, “The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit”
Jessica Care Moore “Homage to Detroit”
Detropiaalso available for screening through Lauinger Library Course Reserves



Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin, read through Book Two



McCann, rest of the book



Bring in a multimedia representation of your city as an example of a form or genre



By October 11, post in your digital scrapbook several examples of multimedia texts in the form you want to use and your notes on the audiences, ideas, and goals for your project (see the list of questions on the Digital Scrapbook page); read these sections of the digital scrapbooks of the members of your working group


Part Three: The City as Construction Site


Michel DeCerteau, excerpt from “Walking the City”
Francesca Wodtke, “Walking the City” section of “Cities of this World and Beyond” (be sure to follow at least some of the hyperlinks)
Sharon Zukin,  “Introduction” to Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places 



John Gay, Book 1,  of Trivia, or the Art of Walking in the Streets of London
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Man of the Crowd”


10/22 & 10/27:

Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

10/25: Field trip:  Logan Circle to Dupont Circle walk — 2-4 pm



Working group meetings — bring some of the representations you want to include in your project


Part Four: Community and Conflict in the City


Iris Marion Young, excerpt from “The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference” 
Jacob Riis, Chs 3, 10, and 13 of How the Other Half Lives



Anzia Yezierska, “The Lost ‘Beautifulness'”
Pietro DiDonato, excerpt from Christ in Concrete
Mario Puzo, excerpt from The Fortunate Pilgrim



Ann Petry, The Street, through Chapter 9



Ann Petry, The Street, rest of the novel



Marsha Music, “The Kidnapped Children of Detroit



Season 4, Episodes 1-3 of The Wire — the DVD is on reserve at Lauinger, or you can purchase these episodes on Amazon


Project presentations and critiques

11/24, 12/1, 12/3, 12/8


Final projects and essays due, December 15




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