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IAH 221c: The City and Modernity Discussion Notes / Week 3 This week's themes: * The modern city and inner life (continued) * Modern literary representations of the city (Eliot, Barnes, Joyce, Woolf, Johnson's criticism) * The city as archive: Benjamin (Ben-ya-mean) and Crickenberger's website Preliminary Questions: Why should we care about literary representations of the modern city?  What can they  accomplish that living in or visiting a modern city cannot? What do these representations have to do with Simmel's ideas about the metropolitan type? How do you see written texts and images working together thus far? What does Walter Benjamin mean when he describes the flâneur?  Can we connect the flâneur to  Simmel's "metropolitan type"?  If so, how? What does it mean to call a city a "hall of mirrors"?
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