There are millions of stories in the naked city--stories of corruption, violence, and decadence, as well as sophistication and the reward of the promised land. Why do we have such an ambiguous relationship with the urban setting, why do we imagine the city as simultaneously a place of suave elegance and miserable decay, and how does literature both reflect and shape our views? Texts read in this course will include Aristophanes's The Birds, Defoe's Moll Flanders, Gogol's "Nevsky Prospect," and Woolf's Jacob's Room. This course is an introductory writing intensive course that approaches literature through a comparative study of literary themes in texts from different eras, cultural traditions, and literary genres. This course is open to all undergraduates and fulfills the COAS, School of Business, and some School of Education composition requirements when taken in conjunction with W141. Requirements: Four papers, a mid-term and a final.