Literature of London|
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.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Charles Dickens, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND; Arthur Conan Doyle, ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES; Robert Louis Stevenson, THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE; Anthony Trollope, PHINEAS FINN; stories and poems by Oscar Wilde; essays by Charles Lamb and Thomas De Quincey from THE LONDON MAGAZINE; restaurant reviews by Nathaniel Newnham-Davis; and works of social and literary theory by Benedict Anderson, Mikhail Bakhtin, E. M. Forster, John Stuart Mill, Franco Moretti, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research paper OR a combination of papers and research-based projects, which may be creative
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements: British Lit, Lit Hist 2, Theory, elective.
|Instructor(s): Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 1||FR: 0|
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