PS The American Metropolis in Literature



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Di 12:15-13:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das PS Literature kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

• L-UF Englisch (neu): "Zwischenmodul Literature" (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Elementarmodul Literature)

• L-GYM Englisch (neu): "Zwischenmodul Literature" (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Basismodul Literature)

• BA English and American Studies (neu): "Zwischenmodul II Literature" (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches Kombinationsseminar)

• BA American Studies: "Zwischenmodul II Economics, Linguistics, History, Geography, Literature/Culture - Veranstaltung mit Nordamerika-Bezug"


In this seminar, we will consider how American metropolises, from New York City to Los Angeles, have been depicted and visualized in a selection of literary works. Paying attention to both aesthetic and affective forms and strategies of representation, we will examine how narratives of the American metropolis are framed, coded and represented in literature. Some topics that we will focus on include: depictions of modernity and urbanism; the city as palimpsestic space; contested urban identities; "multiculturalism”; racial/urban segregation and exclusion; urban poverty and precarious forms of urban housing; crime and the underbelly of the metropolis; cultures of consumption; the city as a space of insurgency and resistance; new urban topographies.

Empfohlene Literatur

Books (to be purchased): Edward P. Jones, |Lost in the City| Colson Whitehead, |The Colossus of New York| Teju Cole, |Open City| Tupac Shakur, |The Rose That Grew from Concrete| All other readings, including some basic urban theory, will be distributed electronically.