Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren
Explores the contested terrain of urban landscapes in American culture by interpreting literature, film, and other cultural texts within their historical and geographical context. Uses methods and knowledge gained from introductory American Studies courses to focus on specific themes.
In this course, we will focus on deepening our understanding of the imagination of urban space, in particular of New York and Los Angeles. In books, film, video games, art, and history, there are numerous images of these cities burning or of being destroyed in an apocalyptic manner. Together, we will work to understand the historical and literary roots of the genre of apocalyptic, as well as the cultural dynamics that shape the prevalence of these images of destruction in our time.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Reading, writing, analysis, discussion, research
Curiosity and a willingness to examine a range of sources and interpretations of the apocalyptic city in American culture
Class assignments and grading
Essays, discussion, web research, mapping of cities
All of the above, plus an active participation