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Dr. Andrew Wood
Office: HGH 210; phone: (408) 924-5378


These are the major terms and concepts I want you to master for the upcoming examinations. This list is subject to change as we progress throughout the course. This review is designed to highlight ideas and concepts that will be found on the test. Even so, the review does not include every word that will appear on the exam; it merely serves to guide your study of the texts, notes, web resources, and other materials employed throughout this course.


Revealing Public Life

Rhetoric: definition and extent
Public life: six qualities

City of Layers

William Gibson's "Gernsback Continuum" [plot overview, concept definition, political reference]
Things to Come [Contrast between two values]
Norman Bel Geddes, Motor Car No. 9 [What style?]
Art Deco [era and value]
Streamline Moderne [era, value, and two attributes]

Semiotic ghosts [definition and examples]

Rhetoric of Just Hierarchy

Utopia [definition and etymology]
Starship Troopers and the body politic
Historical background of The Republic
Institutions of The Republic
Waves of
The Republic [Book Five]
Classes of The Republic

Rhetoric of Ubiquitous Surveillance

Thomas More [biographical sketch]
Critiques of European problems
A Man for All Seasons excerpt
Primary themes of Utopia
Private property
Universal labor
Religious tolerance
Contagion containment

Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism

European and American Jeremiad
Three p
aradoxes in "Model of Christian Charity"

Rhetoric of National Socialism

Class warfare
1886 Haymarket Riot
Parable of the Coach
Four themes of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward
Centrality of public life
Equality of labor
Elimination of money
Scientific socialism
Three critiques
Too undemocratic
Too mechanized
Too static


City of Gardens

Foucault's six principles
Pieter Bruegel's The Fight Between Carnival and Lent

Contemporary examples
Leo Marx: The Garden and the Machine
Adams' dynamo
Garden qualities [classroom-created]
Pleasure Gardens
World's Fairs: Enclosing "Civilization"
1893 Columbian Exposition
Middling the "Lady Managers"
Field of Dreams analysis

City of Tomorrow

1939-40 New York World's Fair
Theme Center
Two values
General Motors Futurama
Walter Lippman observation
Westinghouse Exhibit
The Middleton Family
Comparing 1939 and 1940 versions of the fair
Planners vs. "the People"
American Common "Negro Week"
2010 Shanghai Expo

City of the Dead

Shawn of the Dead analysis [and other films mentioned in lecture]
Zombie origins/analysis
Restraining nonwhite bodies
Exploiting labor
Zombie critiques
Motivating action
Conservative renewal
Emancipatory Catastrophism
Three components

City of Prisons

The Handmaid's Tale
Opening plot
Brutalist architecture
Timeframe, etymology, four principles
Habitat 67

Mike Davis critique
Containment, bumproofing
Surveillance society

More to be added...

City of Ruins

To be added...

Revitalization of Public Life

Rockwell's Freedom of Speech (classroom analysis)