Comparative Literature | Contemporary Theoretical Issues and Approaches: Spaces & Places: Rooms, Cities, Continents
C602 | 26852 | A. Pao

4 CR
Class meets TR 11;15 - 12:30 pm
Class Meets with CULS-C701

Since the 1970s, the interpretation of spatiality has been a central
concern in a wide range of fields.  The resulting transdisciplinary
theorization of space has been enormously productive for human
geographers, social scientists, and cultural critics who are
interested primarily in the material and functional properties of
spaces and places.  At the same time, the works of humanistic
geographers and philosophers who focus on the metaphysical, ethical
and aesthetic dimensions of space (e.g. Gaston Bachelard, Yi-Fu Tuan
and the vague Henri Lefebvre) have generally been positioned on the
periphery of contemporary geopolitical and socio-cultural debates.
In this seminar, we will explore possibilities for conjoining these
perspectives to study the poetics and the politics of various
aesthetic spaces (particularly the literary imagination and
theatrical stages).  There will be special attention to issues
arising from the gendering of spaces and the emergence of diasporic
geographical and cultural formations.

Readings (of and from):
Gaston Bachelard - The Poetics of Space
Michel de Certeau - The Practice of Everyday Life - _Spatial
Una Chaudhuri - Staging Place: the Geography of Modern Drama -
_Geopathology: the painful politics of location_
Stanton B. Garner, Jr. - Bodied Spaces: Phenomenology and
Performance in Contemporary Drama - _(Dis)figuring Space_
Henri Lefebvre - The Production of Space
Martin W. Lewis and Karen E. Sigen - The Myth of Continents: a
Critique of Metageography (1997)
Doreen Massey - Spatial Divisions of Labor
Gay McAuley - Space in Performance: Making Meaning in the Theatre
Edward Soja - Post-modern Geographies: the Reassertion of Space in
Critical Social Theory; Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and
other -real-and-imagined places; Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of
Cities and Regions
Yi-Fu Tuan - Topophilia: A Study of Environmental Perception,
Attitudes and Values; Landscapes of Fear; Space and Place: the
Perspective of Experience.

Samuel Beckett - Happy Days, Rockaby
Italo Calvino - Invisible Cities
Linda Le - Slander/Calomnies
Li-young Lee - The City in Which I Love You
Anna Deavere Smith - Twilight - Los Angeles 1992
Wole Soyinka - Death and the King's Horseman