21L.488 | Spring 2018 | Undergraduate

Contemporary Literature: Street Haunting in the Global City


Required Texts

[A] Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozie. Americanah. Knopf, 2014. ISBN: 9780307455925.

[OC] Cole, Teju. Open City. Random House, 2012. ISBN: 9780812980097.

[10:04] Lerner, Ben. 10:04. Picador, 2015. ISBN: 9781250081339.

[S] McEwan, Ian. Saturday. Anchor, 2006. ISBN: 9780007218295.

[C] Chaudhuri, Amit. Calcutta. Knopf, 2013. ISBN: 9780307270245.

Ses # Readings
1 No assigned readings
2 Woolf, Virginia. “Street Haunting.” Chapter 5 in The Death of the Moth. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974. ISBN: 9780156252348.

Baudelaire, Charles. The Painter of Modern Life. Penguin UK, 2010. ISBN:9780141192763.

Elkin, Lauren. Flâneuse: Women Walk the City. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017. ISBN: 9780374156046.

Livingstone, Joseph and Lovia Gyarkye. “Death to the Flâneur.” The New Republic, March 27, 2017.

Stephen, Bijan. “In Praise of the Flâneur.” The Paris Review, October 17, 2013.

4 [OC] pp. 1–76.

[OC] pp. 76–177.

de Certeau, Michel. “Walking in the City.” In The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780520271456.


[OC] pp. 178–260.

Cadogan, Garnette. “Walking While Black.” Lithub, July 8, 2016.

7 [S] pp. 1–70.

[S] pp. 70–178.

James, Caryn. “The Intertwining Legacy of Terror Attacks and Fiction.” New York Times, August 3, 2005.

9 [S] pp. 178–242.
10 [S] pp. 242–289.
11 No assigned readings

Thien, Madeline. “A Map of the City.” In Simple Recipes: Stories. Little, Brown, 2002. pp. 161–227. ISBN: 9780316833165.

Hussey, Andrew. “The Map is Not the Territory.” In Urban Visions: Experiencing and Envisioning the City. Liverpool University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780853236641. [Preview with Google Books]

[Optional] Handal, Nathalie. “The City and the Writer: In Phnom Penh with Madeline Thein.” Words Without Borders, Nov 28, 2016.

13 No assigned readings, but you can get ahead on reading Americanah.
14 [A] pp. 1–195.

Preview Senseable City Lab website and brainstorm questions and comments on how fiction writers tell stories about cities.

Keep up with [A] for next class (suggested pacing: 195–316).

16 [A] pp. 482–588.

[C] pp. 3–21.

Rushdie, Salman. “Imaginary Homelands.” In Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticsm 1981–1991. Penguin Books, 1992. pp. 428–434. ISBN: 9780140140361.

18 [C] pp. 3–21.

Choose one option:

  1. Read a supplementary article or story from the list below.
  2. Find an article about cities in the news.
  3. Conduct street haunting experiment and report back to class (pictures, observations, etc.).
19 Listen to a short podcast episode from the list below for class discussion.

[10:04] pp. 1–95.

Homans, John. “The City and the Storm.” New York Magazine, November 4, 2012.


[10:04] pp. 95–159.

Dawson, Ashley. Extreme Cities. Verso, 2017. ISBN: 9781784780364.

22 [10:04] pp. 159–240. 

Price, Jenny. “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.” Believer, no. 33 (2006).

Spirn, Anne Whiston. “City and Nature.” In The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design. pp. 3–20. ISBN: 9780465027064.

24 No assigned readings.
25 Listen to a podcast episode from the list below for class discussion.

Supplementary Articles & Readings


Course Info

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Spring 2018
Learning Resource Types
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