SYLLABUS: Digitizing Atlanta
Upon its 1939 release, Gone With the Wind became the highest grossing film of all time. Its nostalgic representation of Atlanta as America’s Southern City is among the most popular of all time, but it was certainly not the last or, dear reader, the most interesting. In our course, we will explore a range of contemporary texts depicting Atlanta that represent competing versions of the city. We will ask what these texts reveal about the near constant evolution of Atlanta as well as consider what a continued national and global interest in Atlanta can tell us about various viewing publics. As we explore these Atlanta texts, we will use digital tools to map their terrains, describe their features, and analyze their import.
Matthew Dischinger – English, Georgia Institute of Technology