L.A.tin@ Noir at Night
Project Overview (Chicanx 291, Spring 2015: A. Gaspar de Alba)Project Link: L.A.tin@ Noir At Night Blog Name/ Noir Name: Femme Fatale Final Project Link(s): L.A.tin@ Literature at Night Map & Creative Writing Final Course Description: “How does Los Angeles at night encapsulate the formal and aesthetic elements of “noir” genre fiction? How is the night symbolic of the “dark” aspects of Chicana/o and Latina/o culture, such as narco-narratives (popular music and television), gendered death tolls (the murdered young women and girls on the U.S.-Mexico border), and other nightmares (AIDS, human trafficking, police brutality, family betrayal)? How is night a metaphor for forgetting, as both cultural and historical amnesia? How does the night alter our experience of and relationship to the city? This blog, our stories, and our literary mapping of the city leave clues about our individual and collective L.A.tinidad in the City of Angels.” Course made possible through the Urban Humanities Initiative.
Project RoleThis course was my initial attempt to a) build a site, b) build course readings around work in GIS and spatiality, and c) attempt to use Fusion tables in a meaningful way. I was hired as Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s research assistant during this course, and my duties included building and maintaining the site, offering in-class tutorials on FusionTables, creating the final class map (linked above), in addition to participating in the course. Participation included class field trips through downtown Los Angeles and to Griffith Observatory and the creation of a place-based fictional story based on our research of Los Angeles.
Below is the syllabus with my contributions in red. My suggested readings included J. Farman, T. Gillespie, C. Sandoval, and L. Nakamura. I presented on S. Noble’s article in Week 3.