Powers of Desire: Urban Narratives of Politics and Sex


What are and have been the narratives of sex, gender, and desire in urban spaces? How does urban space (political and physical) create, bolster, and inhibit desire of all kinds? The course will examine relationships of urban space and sexual identities, the socioeconomic implications and outcomes of urban planning, and design and political decisions on a variety of people living and working in cities. Some specific topics addressed will include crime, consumerism, leisure, and capitalism. This history course uses historical scholarship combined with fiction, film, art, and music. The course focuses mainly on modern US cities but also includes discussion of cities around the world, including the ancient world.