City Lit: Between Utopia & Dystopia, Design & Occupation
City Lit: Between Utopia & Dystopia, Design & Occupation

A seminar designed by Jennifer Scappettone and led during Winter 2017 at the University of Chicago Tumblr site: https://cityutopiadystopia.tumblr.com/ This course will explore the material repercussions of built, neglected, and mythologized environments on those who imagine and inhabit them, and the way the literary arts contribute to their shape. We will place the literature of […]

Cultures of Distraction

Cultures of Distraction, a graduate seminar designed and led by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Spring 2014 Tumblr site: http://culturesofdistraction.tumblr.com/ This course will explore a condition of mind that is pervasive in modern culture—frequently lamented, and still little understood due to its apparent incompatibility with critical thinking: distraction. We will begin with sociological accounts of the perceived origins […]

Poetics of Dislocation

a cross-listed graduate/undergraduate seminar developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Winter 2010   The avant-garde revival…has found in this nationless woman [apolide] from a great tradition of cosmopolitan families, a terrain in which to explode with the deadly and marvelous fecundity of mushroom clouds in the act of their taking […]

Realism & the Abracadabrant Word

Realism and the “Abracadabrant” Word:  Literary Productions of Lower Manhattan a doctoral seminar developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Fall 2007 “He doesn’t know, he can’t say, before the facts, and he doesn’t even want to know or to say; the facts themselves loom, before the understanding, in too large […]

Henry James & the Sense of the Past

  an undergraduate seminar developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Spring 2010 I delight in a palpable imaginable visitable past—in the nearer distances and the clearer mysteries, the marks and signs of a world we may reach over to as by making a long arm we grasp an object at […]


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