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LITERATURE IN THE CITY
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - University College, Utrecht - 'Univ. College Utrecht'
UC Course SubjectEnglish
Comparative Literature
Number & Suffix: 101
Full UC Title: LITERATURE IN THE CITY 
Transcript Title: LIT IN THE CITY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course offers a study of the relationship between literature and the city. Since Antiquity, the city has been a symbol of human civilization and has entertained a specific relation with literature. The course explores classical, modern, and contemporary approaches to the city and literature by discussing works by Plato, Benjamin, Ross, Lefebvre, and Foucault. The course then focuses on the city of Paris, which has been influential in literature and in our understanding of urban life today. The course traces the transformations of Parisian city-space from pre-modern to modern, from colonial to postcolonial, from monarchical to revolutionary, from national to transnational, and examines how literary texts have intervened in and contributed to these transformations. Students participate in an excursion to Paris, where they study the city as a playing field for identity formation and poetic inspiration. Students read works by authors including Baudelaire, Colette, Hoffmann, Hugo, Perec, and Poe. The course consists of weekly lectures and discussions. Students actively participate in discussions, present in class, and read the weekly readings. The course requires that students have completed two courses from a selected list as a prerequisite, see the course webpage for additional information. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: LITERATURE IN THE CITY 
Partner University Department: Literature 
Partner University Course Number: UCHUMLIT37