Course: Reading Spaces

HC 223H

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

This course explores literature of the city since the early nineteenth century. It examines questions of race, power and space in the representations of the individual and the crowd, highlighting the role of the urban observer. Students should be prepared to read and write attentively and rigorously, to work collaboratively on oral and written projects, and produce a research project connected to one of the course texts. Frequent writing exercises will be assigned throughout the term.

Texts may include The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louise Stevenson, Passing by Nella Larsen, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, and/or Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks.