Scenes of Chicago Housing

Spring 2016-2017

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Adrienne Brown

From Jane Addams’ Hull House to the demolition of large public housing projects such as Cabrini Green, Chicago has played an outsized role within the national imagination about how different types of housing past, present, and future have worked or failed to work. This class will explore the narratives told about various forms of dwelling in Chicago in order to tell a broader story about how housing can alternatively make and unmake people and communities, fold or exclude inhabitants from spaces, economies and social imaginaries. Possible texts include: Henry Blake Fuller, The Cliff Dwellers, Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House, Edna Ferber, So Big; Nella Larsen, Passing; Arthur Meeker, Prairie Avenue; Richard Wright, Twelve Million Black Voices; Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm; Frank London Brown, Trumbull Park; Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha; Lorraine Hansberry, Raisin in the Sun; Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Chris Ware, Building Stories; Audrey Petty, High Rise Stories. (B, G)