Literature and Place

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Readings

2.3.11.: The required reading for Thursday is a brief excerpt from Yi-Fu Tuan’s Space and Place: the introduction and chapter 2, “Experiential Perspective.” Please be sure to print this reading and bring it to class with you on Thursday.

for 2.8.11: Tuan, Space and Place, chapter 3, “Space, Place, and the Child”, for LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”:  http://harelbarzilai.org/words/omelas.txt, “The House on Mango Street” (very short): The House on Mango Street

for 2.10.11: Tuan, Space and Place, chpt 4: Body, Personal Relations, and Spatial Values and John Updike’s A&P

for 2.17.11: “To Room Nineteen” (I apologize for the marks and underlines that appear on this copy of Lessing’s story. You are seeing the version of “To Room Nineteen” that I annotated as a freshman in college during a course on short fiction. I could not get my hands on another version of the story!)

for 3.15.11: Before or after you read, please be sure to print Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839) so that you have it with you in class on Tuesday.

for 3.17.11: F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Babylon Revisited” (1931)

for 3.22.11: Ernest Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (1938)

for 3.24.11: Margaret Atwood, Death by Landscape (1991)

for 4.28.11: John McPhee’s “The Search for Marvin Gardens” (1975)

for 5.5.11 (our final reading): Thoreau’s “Walking” (1862) In your last blog post of the semester, please consider how Thoreau discusses the idea of space. What does he seem to be trying to communicate about moving through space? What places does he describe? On what types of experiences does he draw? (Do you notice parts of the essay in which Thoreau seems to be adopting an “experiential perspective”? Describe those parts.) How does looking at the map of Concord alter your experience reading the essay, if at all?

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