London Literature: Walking on the Wild Side

Dr Susie Thomas
Course Description
For this course we shall become London flâneurs, walking the streets and interpreting the signs of the city. Students will be encouraged to think historically, in terms of the way London and its representations have changed over time; and theoretically, in terms of the way the city is mediated through different forms (e.g. poetry, novels, essays, film). We will examine London as the centre of Empire, the significance of class in the 19th-century, the changing role of women in the city, the influence of metropolitan culture on modernism, and London’s development as a contemporary world city.  Walking tours will provide a link between the readings and the geography of London.