ChiFall09Syllabus-1 - Biography of a City Chicago...

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Biography of a City: Chicago Humanities 375.6 – Fall 2009 Tuesday-Thursday, 9:35-10:50 Business, Room 215 Dr. Christopher Sterba Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-noon; and by appointment Office: Room 336, Humanities Phone: (415) 338-3127 (only for calls during office hours, use email for messages) Email: [email protected] Course Description Chicago, or the “City of the Big Shoulders,” as the poet Carl Sandburg famously called it, has long represented what is both most promising and most tragic about American cities. From its meteoric rise after the Civil War until well into the twentieth century, Chicago’s image as a place of power, dynamism, and urban freedom attracted millions of migrants from across America and around the world. Since the 1960s, the city has just as often served as a symbol of racial re-segregation and urban despair. This course will study the fascinating array of artists, reformers, critics, and criminals who have engaged and articulated these contradictory visions of the city, from Frank Lloyd Wright and Al Capone, to Jane Addams and Muddy Waters. The class will focus especially on Chicago’s fiction, poetry, music, and architecture, with special attention to such critical events as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Great Migration, and the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which have not only shaped the cultural life of the city, but also of the nation and the world. Learning Objectives 1. Students will learn how writers, artists, and political figures have experienced and expressed the promise and conflicts of Chicago throughout the city’s exciting history. 2. Students will learn skills and methods for interpreting and writing critically about a variety of cultural forms, including fiction, film, poetry, architecture, and popular music. 3. Students will gain insight into the events, ethnic populations, and social movements that have shaped and continue to shape the cultural and artistic life of the City of Chicago. Required Readings
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course HUM 375 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.

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