Courses of Study 2017-2018 
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Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SPAN 6730 - [Cartographic Fictions]

Fall. Not offered 2017-2018. 4 credits. Student option grading.

B. Bosteels.

This course explores the role of the renewed interest in cartography in both literature and the arts, while attempting to lay out a conceptual framework for the definition of mapmaking in a broad sense, which is not necessarily land-based.  From a random walk through the city to the global market of capitalism, the guiding question is how cultural artifacts make sense out of the real conditions of existence.  The aim is not only to offer different answers but to reformulate the problem as to how experiencing the world involves a variety of interpretive legends to situate our lives through some form of cartographic plotting-one way or another of mapping the territory, whether real or imaginary, public or private, official or marginal, conscious or unconscious.  Authors and artists include Cortázar, Gopequi, Kuitca, Borges, Auster, Calvino, and  others.

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