HNRS 269

New York City in Literature and Art

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course explores how writers' and artists' richly varied interpretations of New York from the mid-19th century to the present have helped to shape our own "cognitive  maps" of the city. The variety of different New Yorks in the literary and artistic works we will be considering conveys a sense of the city's cosmopolitanism and the neighborhood, queer New York, and postmodernism. Close reading, various interpretive strategies, and research skills will be stressed. May be counted toward the majors in English and English and creative writing. III.O, V.2