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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

Michel 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

Shaun of the Dead analysis [and other films mentioned in lecture]
Zombie origins/analysis
Restraining nonwhite bodies
Haiti and Vietnam
Zombie critiques
Labor exploitation
Four kinds of alienation [Karl Marx]
Three neoliberalist values
Two manifestations
Three manifestations
Motivating action
Red Scare
Emancipatory Catastrophism
Three components

City of Prisons

The Handmaid's Tale [Margaret Atwood]
America as Gilead: Plot, setting, themes
Four communication strategies/tactics
Mike Davis critique of Los Angeles
Containment, bumproofing

City of Ruins

Key Terms
Modernity definition [Creative destruction]
Historical ruins [Memento Mori]
Contemporary ruins [TOADS]
Jeremiadic ruins [classroom example]
Personal ruins
Dark Tourism [Death at a distance - three qualities]
Detroit Dirge
Detachment [Classroom example]
Consumption [Two dimensions of Ruin Porn]
Transformation [Heidelberg Project]
Centralia Tagging
Graffiti Highway
Heterochronic Analysis: "I Was Here" (Temporal Enclave) and "Road Work Ahead" (Temporal Projection)
Chernobyl Contamination
Employing Heterotopian Framework [Two principles discussed in class]
Seeking Touristic Contamination [Two dimensions discussed in class]

Revitalization of Public Life

Rockwell's Freedom of Speech (classroom analysis)