EUROG004 - Topics in Cultural Studies: The City

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Kate Foster
One assessed 6000 word essay/project (100%)

Course Description:

This course offers an interdisciplinary and comparative study of ways in which the City has been understood and culturally represented in modernity. The City will be approached through four  different themes, each of which will draw on a variety of sources and theoretical approaches.

Seminar programme 2015-2016

Block 1 Fashioning the European Metropolis 

Block 2 Creativity 

Block 3  Sex / Text and the City 

Block 4  Playground / Battleground 

Introductory and background reading:

  • Georg Simmel, ‘The metropolis and mental life’ in The Blackwell City Reader ed. by Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, 2002, pp. 11-19
  • Louis Wirth, ‘Urbanism as a way of life’ in The City Reader ed. by Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout, 2007, pp. 90-98
  • Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds, The Blackwell City Reader, 2002
  • Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout, eds, The City Reader, 2007
  • Anthony D King (ed), Re-Presenting the City: Ethnicity, Capital and Culture in the 21st Century Metropolis, 1996
  • Desmond Harding, Writing the City: Urban Visions and Literary Modernism, 2002
  • Burton Pike, The Image of the City in Modern Literature, 1981
  • Mary Ann Caws (ed), City Images. Perspectives from Literature, Philosophy and Film, 1991
  • Maria Balshaw and Liam Kennedy, Urban space and representation, 2000
  • Sallie Westwood and John Williams, Imagining cities: scripts, signs, memory, 1997
  • Sophie Watson and Katherine Gibson, Postmodern Cities and Spaces, 1995
  • Mary Ann Caws, ed, City Images: Perspectives from Literature, Philosophy, and Film, 1991
  • Anthony D. King, Spaces of global cultures: architecture, urbanism, identity, 2004.