COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Fall 2022, Section 004 - Sensing Cities
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

“The city is a medium.”

What did the German philosopher and media theorist Friedrich Kittler mean when he said that in the late 1980s? How do we understand this claim today? How could the city, a physical place for people to work and live, become a medium? What is the “city” and what is a “medium”? How are they related to each other?

In this course, we’ll try to answer these questions together by looking at literatures, ethnographies, films, artworks, and other “objects” from the 20th and 21st centuries. Class materials will range from poems by New York School poets like Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery to Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, from Hong Kong New Wave films to contemporary multimedia projects. We’ll think about how the city is represented in these works and how different media impact and shape our perceptions of the city. We’ll approach the city both as a physical place and as a concept: while looking at works on specific cities in Europe, North America, and mostly, East Asia, we’ll also try to conceptualize the city more abstractly through critical examinations of these works and through reflections on our own individual experiences with cities. English translations will be provided for works in other languages.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular participation in seminars, timely completion of reading and writing assignments, and active involvement in writing workshops. Students will write two short papers (3-4 pages) that help you to develop close-reading skills and comparative analysis skills, develop one researched-based project and one creative project. No mid-term, no final exam.

Schedule

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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