The nocturnal city has too often been presented as a zone of danger, licentiousness, and crime. But the city at night is more than the sum of our fears: it’s a time of mystery, romance, exploration, creativity, labor, and urban regeneration. This writing-intensive seminar aims to recover the many meanings and multiple possibilities of the night, exploring how our understandings of culture, urban development, social and economic exclusion, climate, and governance are deepened by a close look at the night. Through a study of the night—and by delving into fields such as night-studies, journalism, art history, sociology--we will explore the politics and poetics of the city—via literature, music, film art, architecture, urban planning—and raise new questions and possibilities for how to plan and design for the city at night and the many who flee from and run to it.
Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Application letter required: In no more than 750 words, explain your interest in the course and how the city reveals itself to you with more complexity at night, discussing a work—architecture, art, literature, film, song—that you find especially moving in how it explains or reveals the character of the city at night.
Enrollment Limitations: Class maximum of twelve students, all of whom are only admitted via consideration of their application essays.