Jan 26, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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ENGL 270 - New York Stories

Semester Offered: Spring
0.5 unit(s)
“New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world.”  – F. Scott Fitzgerald.  For this intensive, we read stories – novels, short fiction, journalism, memoirs – set in New York City. We visit, and in many cases, attempt to conjure, the vanished places where the stories were set. Only by haunting these physical sites and recreating them through the virtual technologies of history and literature will we get to see not only what the authors saw, but what they saw that wasn’t there, and what was there they didn’t see. Your main mentored assignment entails constructing a walking tour for your classmates based on one of the narratives. Texts might include: Teju Cole’s Open City, Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker, Paula Fox’s Desperate Characters, Joseph Cassara’s The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Patti Smith’s M Train, Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Luc Sante’s Low Life, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “My Lost City” … you name it. We devise the syllabus together. Class meets every week, including, depending on funding, three or four daylong trips to the city. Heesok Chang.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Course Format: INT



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