English | PROJECTS IN READING AND WRITING
W170 | 8775 | Higgins


Title: LOCATING OURSELVES IN THE POPULAR IMAGINATION

We spend all of our lives in physical environments, but we spend very
little time thinking about how these environments affect us, and even
less time thinking about how representations of our environments
affect the way we experience them.  Starting with a consideration of
spaces we are most familiar with, such as the home and the place
where each of us is from, this course will then look at the country,
city, and suburb and explore the ways in which each has influenced
and shaped the images we have of ourselves.  Readings will range from
analyses of how space is organized architecturally and economically
to fictional representations of places and regions in novels and
films.  Everything from LA, Chicago, and the suburban subdivision to
the wilderness and the farm will be considered in relation to how we
think about our locations within particular environments.