Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS IS A COLLEGIUM V HONORS SECTION. Enrollment is possible ONLY through Valerie Brunell in the CV Office.
In the TV show Mad Men, Don and Betty Draper live at 42 Bullet Park Road in Ossining, N.Y. With that fictional address, the show evokes the work of the American writer John Cheever and, by extension, the tradition of the American "suburban novel." Indeed, many have remarked that the Drapers--with all their suburban ennui--almost seem to be taken straight out of that tradition.
This course will study the development of the suburb as a real and imagined space in postwar America through the work of historians, urban theorists, writers, filmmakers, and photographers. In particular, we will explore how and why the suburbs, once imagined as utopias for middle- and upper-middle class white Americans, became dystopias in dominant American representations of them.
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