7 July 2020
This module offers a literary journey through the streets of London, beginning in the 18th century with Jonathan Swift and John Gay, and ending in contemporary London, with Zadie Smith.
Students will inhabit the pages of some of literature’s greatest poems, short stories, novels and paintings about London; and will walk the streets of London, visiting some of the great landmarks and museums, whilst also uncovering many of the dark secrets lurking in the shadows.
It is in the crowds, crime and grime of late-19th and early-20th century London literature, students will linger longest, looking in detail at the London of: Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde); The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson); Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle); and From Hell (Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore).
Dr Nick Shepley is a teaching fellow in the English department at UCL. He teaches extensively on the “London in Literature” module. His current research project – on one-day novels and the city – focuses on temporal, literary and visual representations of
This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area and it is essential they read the required, and some of the recommended texts before the relevant classes.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will:
Be confident and able to discuss, close read and write about poetry, short stories, novels and art;
Have produced and delivered oral presentations on an aspect of the course that has particularly engaged them;
Have a strong sense of how London as a European city has grown, developed and changed over the last 300 years;
Have visited and physically experienced London in a way that is informed by this growing awareness of the past and the constantly shifting permutations of life in the metropolis;
Be aware of how literature and particular literary forms have developed in order to relate these shifts in urban experience more effectively.
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL
GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.