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Syllabus 2018/19

Note: the below is a provisional syllabus only. A final syllabus will be published in mid-July.

Week 1: Introduction

Giovanni Arrighi. “Introduction” The Long Twentieth Century (1994)
Matthew Huber. “Oil, Life, Politics” Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (2013)
Flannery O’Connor “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (handout, 1953)

Week 2: Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1956, Penguin Classics)
Norman Bel Geddes. “Highways and Horizons.” Magic Motorways (1940)

Week 3: Che Guevara Motorcycle Diaries (1957, Perennial)
Aimé Césaire “excerpts" Discourse of Colonialism (1950)
*"On the Road With Che Guevara and Jack Kerouac: Melancholia and Colonial Geographies of Race in the Americas," New Formations, 47 (2002): 87-108

Week 4: Stephen Spielberg Duel (1972) (there will be a screening earlier in the week)

Week 5: Samuel Delaney Dhalgren (Gollancz, 1975)
James and Grace Lee Boggs "The City is the Black Man’s Land" (1966)

Week 6: Reading Break

Week 7: Samuel Delaney Dhalgren cntd. (1975)
Joshua Clover. “Introduction.” Riot Strike Riot (2016)

Week 8: Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower (Warner Books, 1993)
Eric Avila. “Taking Back the Freeway” The Folklore of the Freeway (2014)

Week 9
Chris Krauss Summer of Hate (Semiotext(e) 2012)
Ruth Gilmore Wilson. “Introduction.” Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007)

Week 10
Yuri Herrera Signs Preceding the End of the World (& Other Stories, 2015)
Imre Szeman “System Failure: Oil, Futurity, and the Anticipation of Disaster” (2007)