Between Inside and Outside: The Poetics of Windows in a Los Angeles Neighborhood


Leah Busby (University of California, Berkeley)

Unable to engage with others in the street during the pandemic, what we share through our windows is a form of communication with our neighbors. A window can be seen as a locus where the tension between inside and outside resides: where the inside crosses over to the outside, where we can see the continuation of the interior toward the exterior and observe our neighbors’ appropriation of space. Through visual analysis and personal narrative, this paper works to find the poetics of windows in my neighborhood, Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

Part of 17-03 Theorizing Isolation, Tradition, and Ritual during a Pandemic, Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm