City analog: scavenging sonic archives and urban pedagogy

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In this essay, we describe a pedagogy for teaching and studying literature and cities through the embodiment of an urban sound scavenger. Extending Walter Benjamin’s figure of the ragpicker to poetically assemble disparate urban imaginaries, we explore how two linked teaching projects set in Los Angeles, CA, demonstrate listening bodies coconstituting both literary texts and urban environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-387
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • pedagogy
  • sound archives
  • sound scavenging
  • urban studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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