Campus Only Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
English Language and Literature
Robin Lucy, PhD, Thesis Chair
Paul Bruss, PhD
This project addresses the impact urban space has on individuals. Representations of New York, New Orleans, and Detroit are used to demonstrate the interconnectedness among space, people, and social issues. Social issues manifest themselves in urban decay, and the inhabitants react to this phenomenon emotionally and artistically. Some inhabitants demonstrate their relationship with space by responding with material production of housing and art, which they accomplish by building without exploiting the environment the way the manufacturing of commodities often does. The relationship is also revealed through residents’ critical reactions to specific crises such as September 11th and Hurricane Katrina and through various writers’ reflections on the cities’ large-scale political histories. Photography and graphic novels are used in the discussion of the human bond with the environment, and the images created by these mediums demand an awareness of environmental and spatial injustice.
Nersessova, Irina R., "Psychogeographical displacement: Responses to exploitation of urban space in the visual arts" (2010). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 298.