Literature of London|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course examines the role of London in the literary imagination of 19th-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 19th century to the present, and we will conduct our own investigations. This is a research seminar, and students will choose whether to undertake a single project culminating in a long paper (fulfilling the research requirement for honors thesis writers) or several smaller projects, which may also have a creative component.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
"Poems and essays by Charles Lamb, John Keats, Matthew Arnold, and others; works of social and literary theory by William Hazlitt, Henry Mayhew, Alice Meynell, Wolfgang Iser, Franco Moretti, and others; novels and short stories including De Quincey, CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER; Dickens, OUR MUTUAL FRIEND; Trollope, PHINEAS FINN; and Conan Doyle, ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class participation and careful reading of all shared seminar texts are required. All students will undertake independent research using both primary and secondary sources. Students can choose whether to pursue a single project culminating in a long paper or several shorter projects, which may also include a creative component.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Theory major requirement and contributes to the British Lit concentration of the English major.
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