Summer 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This seminar focuses on the European metropolitan cities Berlin, Paris, and London from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Each of these cities was at once the important center of population, economic and cultural life of its respective country, as well as an imperial hub for the exchange of goods, ideas, and peoples from across the world. The seminar will explore issues of urban renewal and planning, space, class, and migration. Key factors we will look at are social class, gender, ethnicity, consumer culture, urban tourism, crime, and the representation of the city in literature, art, and film. Course readings include Walter Benjamin, Christopher Isherwood, George Orwell, Joseph Roth, and Emile Zola.
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