London, United Kingdom

The Dark Side of London

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This interdisciplinary module aims to examine the representation of London in a variety of cultural outputs, from the Victorian to the contemporary period.

The module will analyse how writers/artists have expressed their perception of the city as a dark site of social tensions, mystery, crime, and detective work.

Alongside representative literary texts (from Dickens and Conan Doyle, to Ackroyd), the module will make room for a significant amount of visual material such as illustrations (Doré, Cruikshank), films (Hitchcock, Reed), television dramas (Ripper Street, Sherlock) and documentaries (Keiller, Ackroyd).

It will consist of lectures on historical and theoretical subjects; seminars on set works from different media and historical periods; screenings; and visits to UCL Collections (such as the Galton Crime Science Collection) and other London Museums (e.g. the Charles Dickens Museum).

Course leader

Dr Lucia Rinaldi is a senior teaching fellow in UCL's School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS). Her research interests include 20th Century literature, culture and cinema - in particular crime fiction and film noir.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have knowledge of a number of works about London and representations of its dark side;

Have developed the ability to approach and compare texts/images/films analytically;

Have developed the ability to discuss study material in a written and oral manner; through commentaries, presentations and in-class seminars;

Have gained an understanding of key critical concepts - laying the foundation for further study.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

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.