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322 - Literary Geographies

Writing Intensive (WI): 
Prerequisite or Requirement: 
General Education: 
Class Description: 
The course uses both literature and geography, artful writing and creative mapping, to explore the art of storytelling in both fictional and real places. From Sherlock Holmes’s 221B Baker St. London to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, geography is more than an artistic theme, and maps are more than creative illustrations. We will read literature that uses spatial dimensions not only to indicate a destination and point of origin, but to create place–spectacular stories from the Iowa plains to rust belt cities to the networked future. We will also navigate a specific geographical space, telling numerous narrative stories about its pavement and is inhabitants. Through community-based research, students will explore a Rochester community, story-mapping its complex histories, social networks, and contemporary environments. Using literary geography, students will integrate their writing into a final mosaic project–a collaborative digital “community map.”

Job Posting: Language Science

The Department of English invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position, beginning in January 2018, with specialization in computational linguistics. Possible areas include:

  • Deep learning for natural language understanding
  • Speech and speech technology
  • Multimodal and linguistic sensors
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Linguistic narrative analytics

Please visit for a full position description.

Review of applications will begin on November 25, 2017.

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