2023-2024 Catalog

FYS 9 All That Glitters: Life and Literature in Los Angeles

Norman Mailer described Los Angeles as a “constellation of plastic.” John Fante called it a “sad flower in the sand.” Is Los Angeles really just “72 suburbs in search of a city,” as Dorothy Parker claimed, or is there something else brewing beneath the beautiful, sunny skies? We’ll explore (through art, films, and books) 20th and 21st century Los Angeles as both a real and imagined location. Through the completion of three short papers and one longer paper, you’ll craft your own conceptual “map” of the place. Please note that some of the texts for this course may be disturbing. Please contact the instructor if you have any questions. Open only to first year frosh.


4 units