EUROG004 - Topics in Cultural Studies: The City

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Roland-François Lack
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.

Mapping (Roland-François Lack)

Mapping Geneva in Film and Literature: Godard and Conrad

Nightlife (Chris O’Rourke)

Cinema and Urban Nightlife: London in Piccadilly (1929) and Night and the City (1950)

Geometries (Peter Zusi)

The City as embodiment of an ideal geometry; the City as utopia and its shadow image, the City as dystopia: Kafka and Teige

Creativity (Gail Zuckerwise)

Creativity and the culture economy of cities

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.