This reading and research seminar explores the ordinary landscapes of America’s cities since roughly 1880. Drawing upon a variety of readings and site visits, the class will engage in discussions about the historical development of these landscapes. We shall discuss the role of social class, gender, ethnicity and race in shaping these places, and the organization of cultural space by individuals, groups and governments. Los Angeles shall serve as our landscape, but the readings will discuss examples from a wide range of American places.


Monday/Wednesday, 3-5:20pm