Literature of London|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course examines the role of London in the literary imagination of Great Britain from 1800 to 1914. A vibrant multiclass and multiethnic 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. Others saw the ugliness of the city, its poverty and noisy, crowded streets, as inimical to literature. As this tension between visions of London as the core of British culture and as its anathema suggests, literature about London meditated upon the relations between art and society, progress and poverty, and literature and social fact.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Wordsworth, THE PRELUDE
Dickens, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
Gissing, THE NETHER WORLD
Conan Doyle, ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Stevenson, STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Conrad, THE SECRET AGENT
Forster, HOWARDS END
James, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Five short (4-5p.) essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is writing- and reading-intensive.
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