School of English and Drama

Writing Modern London

Module code: ESH394A

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Weeks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9: Monday 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Semester 1: Monday 12 pm - 2 pm

Contact: Dr Nadia Valman
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module aims to devlop your understanding of the role of literary texts in producing and contesting modern urban experience, By exploring a selected boy of novels and other texts (poetry, short stories, letters, essays), considered with reference to the changing environment of London, 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 ongoing social and cultural change. We will explore the ways in which London has served as a site, between 1900 and the 1950s, for writers to consider or contest changing notions of Britain and Britishness. The module aims to develop skills in the literary communication of ideas and argument.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
Level: 6