Each year the Department invites a nationally recognized scholar to teach an intensive course in his or her area of expertise.
Course Title: “Rethinking Cityscapes”
Tatiani Rapatzikou is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Literature and Culture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is the author of Gothic Motifs in the Fiction of William Gibson and co-editor of, among other works, the collections Re-inventing/Re-presenting Identities in a Global World and Ex-centric Narratives: Identity, Multivocality and Cross-culturalism.
Through an exploration of theoretical and literary texts coming from American and European authors and engagement with contemporary pop culture and digital media, this course will invite students to revisit and reexamine cityscapes as real, imagined, dystopic, technological/digital, politically subversive, artistic, and ecological places. Some of the topics the course will touch upon are:
- Cities in film
- Cities in poetry
- Cities in fiction
- Cities in cyberspace (cyberpunk, digital literature, video games)
- Cities and global challenges
- City in artistic/media projects and initiatives
Baudelaire, Charles. The Flowers of Evil.
Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities.
Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street.
Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Allen, Woody. Manhattan (1979)
Lang, Fritz. Metropolis (1927)
Proyas, Alex. Dark City (1998)
Singleton, John. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
SECONDARY SOURCES (PROVISIONAL)
Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space.
Bastea Eleni, The creation of modern Athens: planning the myth.
Foucault, Michel. “Of Other Spaces.”
Harding Desmond, Writing the City: urban visions and literary modernism.
Jarvis, Brian. Postmodern Cartographies: The Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture.
Past Summer Scholars:
2015 Summer Scholar, Dr. Blake Scott, University of Central Florida
2012 Summer Scholar, Dr. Heather Dubrow, Fordham University
2011 Summer Scholar, Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, University of North Dakota.
2010 Summer Scholar, Dr. Malea Powell, Michigan State University.
2009 Summer Scholar, Dr. Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan.