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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 397M • Imperial Cities, Global Cities

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34805 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
CAL 200

Course Description

In this literature, film, and cultural studies seminar we will be reading a series of books and essays on colonial, postcolonial, and urban landscapes; we will additionally be examining both real and cinematic landscapes. Some of the subjects we will be examining include imperial cartography and urban planning as both uplift/improvement or development projects, as well as strategies of order and control, containment and surveillance; globalization, migration, and immigration; local and global economies; and the utopian/dystopian city. Students enrolled will be expected to have a selected city on which to focus for their seminar paper.


Proposed Texts:

Arjun Appadurai. Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization and Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (selections).

Victor Burgin. In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture (selections).

Pierre Bourdieu. Algeria 1960: The Disenchantment of the World: The Sense of Honour: The Kabyle House or the World Reversed: Essays. Custom copied at U. T. Co-Op.

Mike Davis. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.

Matthew H. Edney. Mapping an Empire: The Geographical Construction of British India, 1765-1843 (selections).

Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Jane M. Jacobs. Edge of Empire: Post-Colonialism and the City (selections).

Frederic Jameson. The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System (selections).

Timothy Mitchell. Colonising Egypt (selections).

Proposed Literature:

Walter Benjamin. The Arcades Project.

Italo Calvino. Invisible Cities.

Orhan Pamuk. Istanbul: Memories and the City.

Ivan Vladislavic. Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked.

Proposed Films:

Thom Andersen. Los Angeles Plays Itself.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes. La Promesse or Rosetta.

Claire Denis. No Fear, No Die.

Patrick Keiller. London.

Jocelyn Saab. Once Upon a Time, Beirut.

Farida bin al-Yazid. Door to the Sky.


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