City of words: London's literary landscape
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
dramas and Wilde's witticisms. Each week we will explore, virtually, a different London neighbourhood &
investigate its literary connections.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HLW99
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
London's rich literary heritage. We’ll be looking at the characters & the personalities, some famous & some now neglected, of London’s literary past & present. As we are in the time of Coronavirus, all learning will be on line; a map of each session,however, will be provided to allow you to cover each area, should you wish & when you feel it is safe for you to do so.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
1) Introductory Lecture
2) St. Paul's & the Southbank - Shakespeare & Co
3) The City - Dickens, Defoe et al
4) Charing Cross & Covent Garden - Kipling & Edwardian literature
5) Soho & Fitzrovia - Bad Boys of literature
6) Chelsea - Wilde & bohemian London
7) Marylebone - Conan Doyle etc
8) Bloomsbury - publishers & Bloomsbury Group
9) Fleet Street & Holborn Johnson, Dickens etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
IIdentify key London literary figures & the buildings/areas associated with them. Have a wider appreciation of the rich literary legacy of London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An interest in London and literature.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A series of illustrated online lectures looking at the literary associations within various areas of London. Comprehensive handouts, further study suggestions, including reading lists & quizzes. As we are in the time of Coronavirus, a map to accompany each lecture will be provided by email. These will allow you to walk the areas covered in a safe & socially distanced way at a time of your choosing, should you wish.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No - optional visits to other sites & museums mentioned but not visited on the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other London guided walks starting in January. Please see the City Lit website.