Contemporary Literature: Street Haunting in the Global City

Labeled map of Boston with locations marked and drawn.

Historical map and guide to Boston. As part of the course, students 'haunt' the city of Boston or Cambridge to produce a creative final project. Courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map Center on Flickr. Used under CC-BY.


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Spring 2018



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In this class we will focus on the connections between urban exploration and reading, attending to such shared concerns as pacing, legibility, transgression, attention and distraction, tracing and retracing, and memory. This idea of re-reading cities will be both a theme centering our discussions and a guiding principle of the course design, as we continuously loop back, returning to haunt texts we left behind earlier in the semester.

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Anna Abramson. 21L.488 Contemporary Literature: Street Haunting in the Global City. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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