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Comparative Literature W60AC – Boroughs & Barrios: Moving in & through New York City and Los Angeles (4 units): Physically, New York and Los Angeles spread across the map and encompass multiple neighborhoods and communities, seemingly facilitating our ability to access, explore, and find new connections. Socially and economically, both cities have been figured as distinctly “American” dreamscapes—places of refuge and freedom, success, and self-invention—that hinge on the promise that the American city works like an open circuit, enabling unrestricted movement and mobility to and for everyone who visits or decides to make it home.
But who comes to the American city, and why? How do visitors, residents, and migrants negotiate and move through “The Big Apple” and “The City of Angels,” reimagining urban life in the process? With these questions in mind, we will spend the summer tracing the crises of im/mobility that mark the histories of these two U.S. urban centers.
This course fulfills the American Cultures requirement.
Class Number: 16102
Final Exam: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10 a.m.- 1p.m. (Final exam date is tentative; subject to change by the professor)
Register/Add Deadline: June 24, 2018 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)