Seeing the City Afresh

A city intersection with stoplights, automotive traffic, and pedestrians.

A summer evening in Midtown Manhattan. (Photo courtesy of Christine Espino on Flickr. License: CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2018



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This course explores the city through writing—listening to the voices of poets, short story writers, novelists, journalists, critics, historians, ethnographers, urbanists, musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists. Through extensive reading that informs their work on a longform story, students will join the chorus of storytellers to richly represent the variegated city. Our focus is on three nonfiction forms—essay, memoir, literary narrative—with special emphasis on the writer-editor relationship and on revision as a heuristic to better thinking.

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Garnette Cadogan. 11.S948 Seeing the City Afresh. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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