Imagining the City: Literature, Film, and the Arts

How do visual representation and narrative figuration contribute to construct urban identity? Explores the urban imagination in different artforms: architecture, cinema, literature, photography, and painting. Topics to be mapped out include: cities and modernity, metrophilia and metrophobia, the museum and cultural archaeology, the ruin and the construction site, interior space and public sphere, technology and virtual cities. The montage of imaginary cities traverses aspects of different urban environments. This year, we focus on the European city, as we travel through Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Naples, and Rome.

Note: Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as VES 184.