This course examines the city as a social, cultural, and historical construct. Drawing on texts from a variety of genres, as well as cultural products that may include diaries, maps, photographs, and motion pictures, students consider one, two, or three selected cities as they have developed over time. The course highlights the function of rhetorical and ideological constructions such as ¿the city,¿ ¿citizenship,¿ and ¿urbanity,¿ and explores the symbolic and political associations of such terms. The particular cities, topics, materials, and historical scope are determined by the instructor; please consult the department website for the most current information.
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 and one course from ENGL 221-239 strongly recommended.