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.
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.