Up and Down the Streets of the Western Metropolis
Perhaps the best way to get to know a city is on foot. Walking, one of our most immediate ways of being in the world, of making it "our own," is also crucial to how we experience space. Through short stories, essays, paintings, and movies, this seminar will explore the ways in which walking is represented in Western cultures and how modern urbanites "map" the city, appropriating its spaces through their own "peripatetic rhetorics." Of course, we will do some walking of our own as well.