Literary Geographies

When they reached uncharted territory, medieval cartographers would write on the map, “Here be dragons.” 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. In this course students will approach literary works with creative cartographies. We will also navigate a specific geographical space, telling numerous narrative stories about its pavement and its inhabitants. Participating with neighborhood residents from the city of Rochester, we will use writing and mapping as tools in describing places and making them real – and memorable.
Highlight! We will read Jerre Mangione’s Mount Allegro, take a field trip to the Public Market and map the landmarks, from churches to gardens, that make the neighborhood memorable.