Literary London: Mapping Englishness

The London Program features two separate courses for undergraduates and graduate students, and a variety of content-related learning experiences in central London. 

ENGL 404.01/510.01 Dickens and His City 

Assistant Professor David Kaplin 

The narrator of Dickens's Sketches by Boz exclaims, "What inexhaustible food for speculation do the streets of London afford!"  This course will take advantage of our stay in London by focusing on the extant landmarks of Dickens’ life and literary works.  Informed by texts such as Alexander Welsh’s The City of Dickens and F.S. Schwarzbach’s Dickens and the City, the course will explore London through the eyes of his principal characters and investigate how urbanization influences the goals, techniques, and politics of realist representation.  Field exploration will include visits to Regent's Park, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and The Strand.   All majors welcome.

ENGL 404.02/520.01 Mind the Map: London Then and Now

Professor Adrienne McCormick

This course features literary texts that examine the intersections of time and space in London Then and Now.  Time is a thematic concern in many of the texts, but is also explored through the form of narrative itself. The authors explore time in order to position their characters in dynamic spaces that unsettle cultural, temporal, and locational difference and distance. Their narratives reimagine the role that space and time play in organizing understandings of self and other in London’s contemporary cultural geography.  How does our understanding of time organize our days? How is the past present? How are past, present, and future simultaneous in culture, memory, and place? How do time and place affect our ability to connect with others? The course includes imaginings of Roman, Medieval, and 17th Century London, as well as the turn of the 20th century, the aftermaths of WWI and WWII, and contemporary cosmopolitan London.

Excursions of interest feature an angel tour at Highgate Cemetary, research on Roman London and militant suffragists at the Museum of London, review of Dickens manuscripts at the National Art Library, housed within the Victoria and Albert Museum, and related exhibits at the British Library, the British Museum, and the Docklands MuseumStudents will also get to visit Oxford, touring the campuses and seeing what college life in England is like, as well as Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath and Canterbury. Time in London will be allowed for general sightseeing, so that students can experience the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London and the like. 

These courses satisfy the required program electives for English majors, minors, and concentrators.

Please contact David Kaplin or Katrina Hamilton-Kraft for additional information. 

Housing: University of London dormitories.  Single rooms.

Course Dates: July 11-27, 2014

Eligible Participants: Students in good academic standing and community members are welcome to apply.

Application and $150.00 Fee* Deadline: Extended!!!! 

Cost:  2014 Budget

Payment: Full payment of the Course Fee is due to the International Education Center by April 30, 2014

Application: Apply Now- notification of acceptance into the program will be sent to students on a rolling basis. Payment of the course fee will guarantee your place in the program.

*A nonrefundable application fee of $150.00 is due to the International Education Center with the submission of your application. This fee secures your spot in the program. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis. 


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