Time-Square-1938-1-580x451Focuses on New York City as an enormously influential place. Study and analysis of a range of cultural “texts” produced in and about New York, from literature to visual culture to the built environment; situating those works in larger historical, political, and economic contexts. Why do so many move to New York? What do they do when they arrive? How does New York serve as an economic and cultural control center in a globalized world? What might our focus on this city and its people teach us about the powerful forces that shape our worlds? An all-expenses-paid field trip to New York is central. See American Studies 135A and 135B and English 135 for course descriptions. Satisfies the First-Year Writing (W1), Historical Studies (H), Literature (L), and Social Science (S) requirements. Twelve credit hours. H, L, S, W1. BURKE, LISLE, LEZOTTE

AM135As   New York City: Wearing the World

From labor strikers’ outfits to hijab bans, the personal dress and appearance of New York City’s diverse inhabitants reflected and influenced the city’s global economic, political, and cultural status. This course will focus on the intersection of public appearance with class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, using examples such as Jewish assimilatory fashion, Harlem drag balls, glam rock, and post-9/11 Arab-American dress restrictions. Historical analysis, critical writing, and active discussion will be emphasized. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 135, “New York: Global City.”
Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in American Studies 135B and English 135. Four credit hours. H. LE ZOTTE

AM135B  Space, Place, and New York City

Grand-Central-Terminal-1-580x424Examines historical and contemporary New York City using the twin concepts of place and space. Pivots on the escalating significance of place in a world of modernization and globalization. We explore New York as a “global city”–an economic and cultural control center. While considering how New York capitalists “produce” space near and far, we also investigate expressions and consequences (positive and negative) of global capitalism on the city streets, how place constructs cultural and political identity, and the role of the built environment in cultivating identity. In this discussion-based course, students will develop skills of spatial, material, textual, and historical analysis and critical writing. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 135, “New York: Global City.”
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in American Studies 135A and English 135. Four credit hours. S. LISLE

EN135  Literary New York

A writing-intensive course, using the literature produced in different eras and locations of New York City as content, and as a means of reflecting the economic and cultural dynamism of the city. Sample periods include the Gilded Age, Jewish Immigration, the Beats, Black Arts, and the rise of Wall Street. Involves both close reading of imaginative texts in several genres and mimicry of some of those texts, as well as traditional expository essays. Intensive writing in various modes and active discussion will be emphasized. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 135, “New York: Global City.”
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in American Studies 135A and 135B. Four credit hours. L, W1. BURKE