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Literature of London

A short course exploring literary representations of London

What is the ‘real’ London? Is there even such a thing? Or is the city as much a product of the imagination as it is bricks and mortar? Learn to penetrate beneath surface discussions of character and plot by getting to grips with reading a text’s aesthetics, and interrogating issues of class, politics, race, gender, and the essentially contrary, palimpsestic character of London.

Journey through the grim and dim passages of Victorian London. Experience the flux and flurry of Modernism, the noise and protest of punk, the attempt to find a voice as an 'other' in London.

Conclude with a novel-for-now, Zadie Smith's (brilliant) N-W.

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