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ENGL 4552 London in the Novel (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

In some novels, London is not just a setting but a vital physical presence. Our readings will range from 19th century London in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend and George Gissing's The Nether World, to early 20th century works like in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Sam Selvon's The Lonely Londoners, to later 20th century works like Penelope Lively's City of the Mind. We'll consider how a huge metropolis can be represented in fiction, the human connections enabled or disabled by urban spaces, and the history of war, immigration, and urban improvement that dramatically changed London between 1850 and 2000.


Instructor(s): Rosemarie Bodenheimer

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13