21L.701 | Spring 2009 | Undergraduate

Literary Interpretation: Literature and Urban Experience

Related Resources

The following materials are additional resources on topics related to this course.

Wikipedia entry on Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project.

Wikipedia entry on “Baron” Haussmann.

Short Film about Kevin Lynch.
EvanMather. “Image of the City.” January 15, 2009. YouTube. Accessed August 6, 2009. www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuWPCNIj_rA.

Suggested Reading

Professor Brouillette’s Guide to Close Reading (PDF)

Wirth, Louis. “Urbanism as a Way of Life.” American Journal of Sociology 44, no. 1 (1938): 1-24.

Helpful Resources on Virginia Woolf

Richter, Harvena. “The Ulysses Connection: Clarissa Dalloway’s Bloomsday.” Studies in the Novel 21, no. 3 (1989): 305.

Wicke, Jennifer. “‘Mrs. Dalloway Goes to Market: Woolf, Keynes, and Modern Markets .” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 28, no. 1 (1994): 5-23.

Zwerdling, Alex. “Mrs. Dalloway and the Social System.” PMLA 92, no. 1 (1977): 69-82.

Wood, Andelys. “Walking the Web in the Lost London of Mrs. Dalloway.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 36, no. 2 (2003): 19.

Froula, Christine. “Mrs. Dalloway’s Postwar Elegy: Women, War, and the Art of Mourning .” Modernism/Modernity 9, no. 1 (2002): 125-163.

“Neutral Milk Hotel-Ferris Wheel on Fire” video.
avelaz3. “Neutral Milk Hotel-Ferris Wheel on Fire.” April 16, 2006. YouTube. Accessed on August 6, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDLxxzuQxqg

Helpful Resources on Sam Selvon

Kalliney, Peter. “Metropolitan Modernism and Its West Indian Interlocutors: 1950s London and the Emergence of Postcolonial Literature.” PMLA 122, no. 1 (2007): 89-104.

Bentley, Nick. “Form and Language in Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners.” Ariel: A review of International English Literature 36, nos. 3-4 (2005): 67-84.

———. “Black London: The Politics of Representation in Sam Selvon’s the Lonely Londoners .” Wasafiri 39  (2003): 41-45.

Msiska, Mpalive-Hangson. “Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners and the Structure of Black Metropolitan Life.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 2, no. 1 (2009): 5-27.

Bloom, Harold. Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780195029451.

Dyer, Rebecca. “Immigration, Postwar London, and the Politics of Everyday Life in Sam Selvon’s Fiction.” _Cultural Critique _ 52 (2002).

Phillips, Mike. “Windrush-The Passengers.” BBC British History: The Making of Modern Britain . 1998.

Helpful Resources on Jonathan Raban

Raban, Jonathan. “My Own Private Metropolis.” Financial Times, August 9, 2008_._

Dear, Michael and Steven Flusty. “Postmodern Urbanism.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 88, no. 1 (1998): 50-72.

Park, Robert E., Ernest W. Burgess, and Roderick D. McKenzie. “Chapter 7: Magic, Mentality, and City Life.”  In The City. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1925, pp. 123-141.

Helpful Resources on Postmodernism and Postcolonialsim

“A Brief Introduction to Postermodernism.” July 24, 2008. Google Video. Accessed August 6, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LP1vWLXyD8

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “Is the ‘Post-’ in ‘Postcolonial’ the ‘Post-’ in ‘Postmodern’?”. In Dangerous Liaisons. Edited by Anne McClintock, Aamir Mufti, and Ella Shohat. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1997, pp. 420-444. ISBN: 9780816626496.

Hutcheon, Linda. “The Post Always Rings Twice: The Postmodern and the Postcolonial .” Textual Practice 8, no. 2 (1994): 205-238.

Helpful Resources on Ciaran Carson

Alexander, Neal. “Deviations from the Known Route: Writing and Walking in Ciaran Carson’s Belfast.” Irish Studies Review 16, no. 1 (2008): 41-54.

———. “Mapping Junkspace: Ciaran Carson’s Urban Cartographies.” Textual Practice 21, no 3. (2007): 505-532.

 Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer. Fiction and the Northern Ireland Troubles Since 1969: (De-) Constructing the North. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003, pp. 7-40, 113-122.

Helpful Resources on M. G. Vassanji

Kalliney, Peter. “East African Literature and the Politics of Global Reading .” Research in African Literatures 39, no. 1 (2008): 1-23.

Sarvan, Charles Ponnuthurai. “M. G. Vassanji’s The Gunny Sack: A Reflection of History and the Novel .” Modern Fiction Studies 37, no. 3 (1991): 511-518.

Mohapatra, Ashok K. “The Paradox of Return: Origins, Home and Identity in M. G. Vassanji’s The Gunny Sack .” Postcolonial Text 2, no. 4 (2006): 1-21.

Nazareth, Peter. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag: Current Trends in African English Fiction .” World Englishes 12, no. 3 (1993): 299-310.

George, Rosemary. The Politics of Home: Postcolonial Relocations and Twentieth-Century Fiction. Berekely, CA: University of California Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780520220126.

Helpful Resources on Robert McLiam Wilson

D’hoker, Elke. “The Unreliable Ripley: Irony and Satire in Robert McLiam Wilson’s Ripley Bogle .” Modern Fiction Studies 53, no. 3 (2007): 460-477.

Kirkland, Richard. “Bourgeois Redemptions: The Fictions of Glenn Patterson & Robert McLiam Wilson.” In Contemporary Irish Fiction: Themes, Tropes, Theories. Edited by Liam Harte and Michael Parker. Basingtoke: Macmillian, 2000, pp. 213-231.

Tew, Philip. “Spaces and Styles-Urban Identities.” In The Contemporary British Novel. 2nd ed. London, UK: Continuum, 2007, pp. 93-123.

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