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Literature of London
ENGL 387
Fall 2022
Section: 01  

This course examines the role of London in the literary imagination of nineteenth-century Britain. A vibrant multi-class and multi-ethnic jigsaw puzzle, London was a "world city" at the center of the empire, the seat of crown and Parliament, and a place of both danger and opportunity. In addition to being the economic and political center of Great Britain, some authors viewed London as the nation's narrative center as well. Together, we will explore how writers depicted the city, how they envisioned the relationship between urban living and modern life, how they understood London's inhabitants and their plots, and how they placed the city in networks of stories reaching around the world. Along the way, we will read works of literary and social theory from the nineteenth century to the present, and we will conduct our own investigations. Students will choose whether to undertake a single project culminating in a long research paper (fulfilling the requirement for honors thesis writers) or a combination of papers and targeted research projects, which may have a creative component.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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