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The City in Literature – Undergraduate Course Audit – Summer 2019

500.00 IVA included

Instructor: Nathalie Handal

Meets Mon / Wed 3.30 – 6.30 PM

Course Fee: 0€ (included in above price)

Summer Semester 2019 runs May 20 – Jun. 28


The City in Literature

How have cities been represented in texts over time? How do the conventions of literary genres shape our understanding of these texts? How do these mappings of the city differ from our conventional pictures of it? These are some of the questions we’ll address by reading, talking about, and writing about these versions of textual map-making. The class may include community-based learning; by teaching and learning from fellow Philadelphians, we will discover the gaps and forge links between our academic work and our roles as citizens.

In Rome, this course explores the city of Rome through writing—works written about it, as well as creating new works inspired by it. We explore different neighborhoods and meet different inventors—theater makers, translators, architects, artists. Discussions revolve around private and public spaces, ruins and constructions, traditions and modernity, memory and hyphenated identities, literature and society. 

About the Instructor

NATHALIE HANDAL was raised in Latin America, France, Asia and the Middle East, and educated in the United States and United Kingdom. Her recent books include the flash collection The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers” and winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and the George Ellenbogen Poetry Award; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” She has worked on over twenty theatrical productions either as a playwright, director or producer. Author of eight plays, her most recent works have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey in London. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, on PBS and NPR, among others. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, Centro Andaluz de las Letras Fellow, Fondazione di Venezia Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. She teaches at Columbia University, and writes the literary travel column “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders. Her collection Life in a Country Album is forthcoming in 2019.