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The Geography of Longing  

In some pieces of literature, place plays as much importance in a story as the protagonist. We will be exploring stories and poems that will take us all around the world—from moonlit Vienna streets to Parisian cafés with cakes as ornate as church windows, to lathe shops and dust storms in Kansas, to lonely desert highways that unfurl eventually to Frisco, to Alaskan Inuit wilderness where the natives break a sweat at 40 degrees. We will observe, we will travel, and we will consider how these poems and stories are so shaped by locale. Prior to the first class, please pick up a copy of Irmgard Keun's Child of All Nations. Additional poems and stories will be distributed throughout the course.

 

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