On Walking: American Literature on the Move
This course will explore walking as an everyday cultural, social and political practice, from the perspective of literary and cultural studies and with a focus on the U.S. American context. We will analyze the changing theoretical grounds and artistic deployments of this theme (from the philosopher wandering through the wilderness in search of a contact with nature, to the quintessentially modern urban flaneur, to the collective protest march, to the subversive trajectories of the aimless stroller), in order to consider its intersections with issues of gender and race, colonialism and capitalism, as well as with the formation of diasporic and transcultural identities. While reading, writing and thinking are often considered as solitary activities to be performed indoors, during this seminar we will also engage in practical exercises of walking as a critical methodology to question the ways in which we navigate our social and political landscapes and to reflect on how bodies and spaces mutually produce and transform each other.
|12:15 - 14:00
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