Cityscapes: The Urban Experience from the Metropolis to the Megalopolis

Course Number: ENGL 122UE
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 122AA-ZZ
Quarter: Summer A 2020
Instructor: Boscagli, Maurizia
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 11:00-12:05 PM
Location: SH 2617

This course focuses on the emergence of the modern city and of urban experience from the 19 th
to the 21 st century. The city can be a space of anonymity, freedom, and loneliness, as much as a
place of connection and exciting possibilities. Architecture and the organization of space produce
different behaviors, types of perception and subjectivity. Above all, the modern metropolis is
spectacular, and continually offers things to see to the eye. We will start with a short story by
Edgar Allan Poe that centers on the relation between the individual and the crowd, to examine
the figure of the flaneur, the man who strolls through the city enjoying its spectacles. We will
then concentrate on the different status of women when they walk around the city in Jeah Rhys’
fiction. Paris, London, New York, and Lagos will be the locales that sustain our discussion of
non-places, junkspace, the right to the city, and suburban space.
Novels by Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf, Georges Perec, Teju Cole. Films by Walter Ruttman, and
Jacques Tati.