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Unreal City: London in Literature, 1800 to Today

Tuesday 20 February - Tuesday 27 March

  • Time: 19:00 - 20:30
  • Days of Week: Tuesdays
  • Course Code: LN18208
  • Subject: London
  • Tutor: Sarah Wise
  • Max students: 12
  • Number of Sessions: 6
  • Status: Available/A
  • Cost: £89
  • Concs. : £67
On this six-week course, we’ll survey fictional representations of the metropolis. From William Blake’s apocalpytic Lambeth to Zadie Smith’s postcolonial north-west suburbs; from Dickens’s bustling panoramas to Patrick Hamilton’s hangover-ridden 1940s haunts, our capital has inspired authors to create powerful visions of the planet’s most complex city.

Among other topics, we’ll explore the birth of modern policing and detection; dystopian visions of impending urban disaster; the capital as a place where young people come to learn about themselves and about life; and London as a site of mass migration across two centuries.

Learning will be by lecture and discussion. No previous knowledge is required and reading of short extracts is purely optional.

For more information about this course and what you will learn, see the course outline.

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