Contact: Dr Nadia Valman Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
This module aims to develop your understanding of the role of literary texts in producing and contesting modern urban experience. By exploring a selected body of novels and other texts (poetry, short stories, letters, essays), considered with reference to the changing environment of London, and we shall explore together how writers have imagined the modern city in the context of (for example) war and the Blitz, urban crime, class conflict, the relationship between suburbs and city, and the changes wrought by the end of the Bristish empire, post-war immigration, and ongoing social and cultural change. We will explore both dystopic future and historical past revisionings of the city; and consider the ways in which London has served as a site, over the past century, for writers to consider or contest changing notations of Britain and Britishness. The module aims to develop skills in the literary analysis of texts in relation to place, both in writing and in group discussion, and to develop critical thinking and the effective communication of ideas and argument.