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● Demonstrate ability to discuss complex ideas in class and in written assignments
● Perform close-reading of texts leading to nuanced analysis (in essay or project form)
● Work with key insights in space and place theory, critical race theory, social history, gender & sexuality.
● Demonstrate awareness of domestic architecture as it is shaped by (and shapes) race, gender, class, and sexuality.
● Discuss key elements of 19th century American domestic fiction
● Analyze textual space through participation in an artistic project
The course will begin by exploring American architectures of nation building and enslavement, and spatial practices of resistance, with readings from Hannah Crafts, and Edgar Allen Poe. We will consider the the evolution of the domestic novel, true womanhood, and gendered spatial resistance in Pauline Hopkins’s Contending Forces and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's utopian novels. The final section of the course will focus on alternative housing forms, visiting Anzia Yezierska’s institutional homes for immigrant women, queer single homes, roommate fictions, and lodging-house novels, in order to consider the radical contours of turn-of-century urban rental housing.
We will introduce the Architectural Humanities through close reading and spatial analysis, theories of feminist and alternative geography, sketching exercises, the history of emotions, and finally, a final creative team project (or essay).
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Seminar: Class Participation, Preparation, and Engagement||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Group Project and Video||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Individual Mid-Semester Short Close Reading Exercise||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Journal: Group Project Journal||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
Feedback provided on essay proposal before final essay due date. Written feedback provided on close reading components during semester, on final essay after term.