School of English and Drama

Dickens and the City

Module code: ESH208

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Tuesday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 3 pm - 4 pm
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 4 pm - 5 pm

Contact: Dr Cornelia Cook
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Dickens is above all London's novelist. The module will explore, through the critical study of four of Dickens's major novels and several shorter writings, Dickens's representation of London and his use of fiction to urge social or political reform. You will read contemporary writings by Henry Mayhew, Thomas Carlyle, Friedrich Engels, and others in order to situate Dickens┬┐s fiction within a context of current opinion, documentation and debate. Maps will be used in class; the Dickens Walk and the group project will require walking exploration of the City. You are advised to keep a map at hand to clarify for yourselves the locations used in Dickens's writings.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
Level: 5