Rus in Urbe: The Country in the Town, from the City Parks Movement to Urban Ecology


Spring 2011


5th Floor Classroom


The primary focus of this course is the ways in which city dwellers have created and conceived of the natural landscape from the second half of the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. Through looking at successive transformations of green space in the city, this course offers students a glimpse at the many perspectives on the traditional opposition and combination of nature and civilization, particularly in the twentieth century. Rather than studying landscaped city spaces apart from their context as is common in many textual histories, this course considers the urban setting as essential to their development and making. The issues raised in this course include community landscapes, public spaces, responses to urbanization, and the pastoral ideal. 3 credits.