English R1B

Reading and Composition: City Spaces

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2011 Knox, Marisa Palacios
Knox, Marisa
MWF 1-2 106 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South; Nella Larsen, Passing; Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers; and a course reader


In this course, we will explore the representation of urban space in novels, poems, and nonfictional texts. The class examines the literary and historical depiction of actual cities such as Manchester, London, Chicago, and New York, and how the experience of cities is refracted through various lenses of gender, race, and class. In addition to the urban phenomena of industry, cosmopolitanism, and crime, we will also analyze the city as an imaginative space, or metaphor, and its inflections upon the characterization, plot, structure, and style of various texts.

The course aims to reinforce and develop students’ writing skills, building toward clear exposition and argumentation. In order to expand and integrate these arguments within a larger intellectual context, students will begin to learn and deploy methods of research through periodic assignments. The class will ultimately apply these practices in writing three papers of increasing length, two of which will require extensive drafting and revision processes.

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