Course Calendar

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Class Participation
Project Waypoints

Week 1 | Introduction

Tu | Feb 2
Lecture: Introduction to Mapping the 19th-Century City  [Moodle Link to powerpoint]

Th | Feb 4
Discussion: The Spatial Turn

Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 1999), 1-7, 31-46.

Edward Soja, Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 1996), 60-70. [*Note: the posted pdf includes the entire chapter, but the assignment is only for the section, “Thirding-as-Othering.”]

Su | Feb 7

  • Class Participation
    Reply to a classmate’s annotation using on either of the readings by Lefebvre or Soja

Week 2 | Deep Mapping

Tu | Feb 9
Lecture: Deep Mapping  [Moodle Link to powerpoint]

Go to W2 | Do Maps Lie? for videos, images, and news articles discussed in class

Reading: Go ahead and use!! Comment, annotate, reply to classmates’ annotations. Use it as a common space to think “aloud” about the reading.
J. B. Harley, “Maps, Knowledge, and Power,” in The Iconography of Landscape: Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments, ed. Denis Cosgrove and Stephen Daniels (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 277-303.

Th | Feb 11

Richard White, “What is Spatial History,” The Spatial History Project (February 2010).

Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984), 91-110, 115-130.

Fr | Feb 12

By midnight on Friday, post a blog response, discussing in about a paragraph your critique of the the digital project you examined in class. You are also welcome to comment on any of the other projects (in addition to the one you reviewed in class) or any other comparisons that comes to mind. Please be sure to choose the Category Responses!!! If you would like a review of how to post to the blog, have a look at the tutorial from Week 1.

Week 3 | London

Tu | Feb 16
Lecture: Mapping London [ Moodle Link to powerpoint]

Go to W3 | Snow’s Map of the Broad Street Outbreak for additional media

Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (New York: Riverhead Books, 2006), 191-228.

  • Class Participation
    Annotate with at least one comment or question using
  • Project Waypoint
    Begin a draft of subject interests in Google Docs – post under your topic folder

*** W  | Feb 17 – Drop/Add Deadline ***

Th | Feb 18

“Homes in the East of London—A visit to Wapping ‘Island,’” The Builder (7 January 1871).

Rev. Harry Jones, “Trades and Industries,” East and West London (London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1875).

Charles Dickens, Bleak House (New York: Macmillan & Co., 1895), 1-6.

Week 4 | Calcutta

Tu | Feb 23
Lecture: Mapping Calcutta [Moodle Link to powerpoint]

Swati Chattopadhyay, “Blurring Boundaries: The Limits of ‘White Town’ in Colonial Calcutta,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 59, no. 2 (2000), 154-179.

  • Class Participation
    Annotate with at least one comment or question using
    Go to the Reading Supplement —W4 | Blurring Boundaries and Thesis Paragraphs—for question prompts
  • Project Waypoint
    Revised draft of subject interests with two defined subjects and bibliography in Google Docs

Th | Feb 25

Edward W. Said, Orientalism (New York: Vintage Books, 1978), 1-15.

Rudyard Kipling, The City of Dreadful Night (New York: Alex. Grosset & Co., 1899), 5-13, 37-57.

      • Class Participation
        Annotate each reading with at least one comment or question using (totaling two annotations)
        Go to the Reading Supplement—W4 | Orientalism and Kipling—for a background on the authors
      • Tutorial
        Collecting and organizing data in spreadsheets for DH Press
      • Essay 1 Due
        Post your completed essay in our shared Google Drive, under the folder “Dropbox for Essay 1” by midnight. All papers received after midnight are subject to deductions (see syllabus for details on late submissions).

Week 5 | Bombay

Tu | Mar 1
Lecture: Mapping Bombay [Moodle Link to powerpoint]

Preeti Chopra, Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011), 3-30.

Notes for the first chapter.

Full text of this book is available through the Bard Library website (sign in required)

  • Class Participation
    Annotate the reading with at least one comment or question using
  • Project Waypoint
    Post chosen subject and motes as a topic under the WP Forum for your city/era
    Spreadsheet started

Th | Mar 3

Homi K. Bhabha, “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse,” in The Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 1994), 85-92.

  • Class Participation
    Annotate the reading with at least one comment or question using
  • Project Waypoint
    Reply to at least two posts (other than your own) under the forum for your city/era
    Group work and planning subjects and motes for each city/era
    Sign up for presentations on Google Docs

Week 6 | Philadelphia

Tu | Mar 8
Lecture: Mapping Philadelphia [Moodle link to powerpoint]

Dell Upton, “The Grid and the Republican Spatial Imagination,” in Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008), 113-144.

  • Class Participation
    Annotate the reading with at least one comment or question using
  • Project Presentations
    First group of presentations of spreadsheets and subjects
  • Quiz 1: London, Calcutta, Bombay
    Take the Quiz [Due by midnight Friday, March 11]

Th | Mar 10

W.E.B. DuBois, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (New York: Schocken Books, 1967), 287-309. [Note: this is a different reading from the one listed in the printed syllabus. Refer to the updated syllabus posted at the top of the Moodle page and on the course blog]

  • Project Presentations
    Second group of presentations of spreadsheets and subjects

Week 7 | New York

Tu | Mar 15
Lecture: Mapping New York

Mona Domosh, “Those ‘Gorgeous Incongruities’: Polite Politics and Public Space on the Streets of Nineteenth-Century New York City,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 88, no. 2 (1998): 209–26. [Note: This reading is not on the printed syllabus. The original reading for this day has been moved to Thursday and the number of pages required in it have been reduced.]

  • Class Participation
    Annotate the reading with at least one comment or question using
  • Project Presentations
    Third group of presentations of spreadsheets and subjects

Th | Mar 17

Discussion: Focus on the Trollope and Riis readings in each of these links for discussion. The amount of reading has been reduced because the original reading for Tuesday has moved to Thursday.

Readings from Philip Lopate, ed., Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2008):
***Frances Trollope, from Domestic Manners of the Americans, 16-19.***
Edgar Allen Poe, from Doings of Gotham, 91-106.
Frederick Law Olmsted, “Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man,” 241-249.

Readings from Philip Lopate, ed., Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2008):
José Martí, “New York Under the Snow,” 271-277.
William Dean Howells, from A Hazard of New Fortunes, 278-293.
***Jacob Riis, “The Down Town Back-Alleys,” 294-307.***

  • Project Presentations
    Fourth group of presentations of spreadsheets and subjects

*** Week 8 | Spring Break ***


Week 10 | Paris

Tu | Apr 5

David Harvey, Paris, Capital of Modernity (New York: Routledge, 2006), 107-116, 267-291.

  • Project Waypoint (NOT DUE)
    Plan for at least two entry points posted as forum topics
  • Project Waypoint
    Continue work on spreadsheet (progress will be noted)
  • Quiz 2: Philadelphia, New York, Chicago
    Take the Quiz [Due by midnight Tuesday, April 12]

Th | Apr 7

Walter Benjamin, “Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century,” in The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006), 30-45.

Emile Zolá, The Belly of Paris / The Fat and the Thin [La ventre de Paris], trans. Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (London: Chatto and Windus, 1896), 1-22. 

  • Tutorial
    Creating a Pinboard using DH Press

Week 11 | Saigon + Hanoi

Tu | Apr 12

[new reading] M. Christine Boyer, “Ladies Mile: The Rise of a Victorian Amusement District,” in Manhattan Manners: Architecture and Style, 1850-1900 (New York: Rizzoli, 1985), 43- 129.

[cancelled reading] Gwendolyn Wright, “Indochina: The Folly of Grandeur,” in The Politics of Design in French Colonial Urbanism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991), 161-188.

  • Tutorial
    In-class work on projects

Th | Apr 14
Discussion: in-class writing assignment

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, rev. ed. (London: Verso, 2006), 1-7, 163-185.

Week 12 | Cairo + Algiers

Tu | Apr 19

Timothy Mitchell, “An Appearance of Order,” in Colonizing Egypt (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), 63-94.

  • Tutorial
    Work Day – Finalizing spreadsheets for DH Press
  • Project Waypoint (NEW DEADLINE!!!)
    Completed spreadsheet

Th | Apr 21
ATTENTION: Class time switched to have joint session with American Urban History
Attend one of the following sessions:
Thursday, April 21 @ 1:30–2:50 in Olin 202
Monday, April 25 @ 5:00–6:20 pm in Henderson 106 (our classroom)

Week 13 | Istanbul

Tu | Apr 26
Partha Chatterjee, “Whose Imagined Community?” in The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), 3-13.

  • Class Participation
    After reading Chatterjee’s introduction to The Nation and Its Fragments, comment on a classmate’s blog-post response to Anderson’s argument from last Thursday. Does Chatterjee’s critique of Anderson help to frame nationalism differently? Comment is due by Tuesday, April 26, noon (or class time)
  • Tutorial
    Work Day – Adding spreadsheets to CartoDB
  • Quiz 3: Paris, Saigon, Hanoi, Cairo, Algiers

Th | Apr 28
Zeynep Çelik, Displaying the Orient: Architecture of Islam at Nineteenth-Century World Fairs (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), 153-180.

Week 14 | Presentations

Tu | May 3 *** Advising Day: NO CLASS ***

Th | May 5

Week 15 | Presentations

Tu | May 10

W | May 11
EH Share Event!

Th | May 12 *** Registration Day: NO CLASS ***

Week 16 + 17 | Presentations

Tu | May 17

Th | May 19 Completion Day


  • Essay 3 Due

Tu | May 24 Completion Day

  • Mapping Project DUE