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.
*Note that this course will be adapted for Rome.