Seminar Introduction, The San Francisco Earthquake and the Plague (Scarlet Plague), The Red Scare (Radio Plays), Nuclear Fears (On the Beach), Last Man Standing (Last Man on Earth & I Am Legend), Interracial Ménage à trois at the End of Days ("The Comet" and The World, the Flesh, and the Devil), Zombie-Infested Cities (Walking Dead), Controlling the City (Judge Dredd films), Wrap-Up, Revisiting NYC (Zone One) (this will be an online week--see description), Urban Natures (The Last of Us + Blade Runner 2049), Weird Futures (Borne), Thematic Introduction: America | Cities | Apocalypse
John Winthrop, Puritan leader and first governor of Massachusetts, famously described the British colony in the New World as a "city upon a hill." Winthrop's city established "a model of the American national imagination" (Bercovitch) and epitomized an exceptionalist narrative that imagined "the eyes of all people [...] upon" the Puritans. American cities have since often been associated with the future; however, this future has not always been defined by technological superiority and wealth, with actualizing the seemingly unlimited potentials of the New World. Indeed, post-apocalyptic American cities seem to permeate the popular imagination just as much as optimistic portrayals of American cities.
In this seminar, we will discuss representations of various post-apocalyptic American cities. While introductory lectures will trace these representations to the early days of the American national project, our focus will be on cultural artifacts produced since the early twentieth century. We will (largely) progress chronologically through various media.
See the "preliminary information" announcement and the schedule for my current plans for this seminar. If anyone would like to discuss a particular "text" or topic that's not accounted for, please reach out to me.
The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
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