Women Walking in the City
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT204
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will explore the radical potential of women walking alone in cities through a range of literature, theory, and images. Through lecture, group and pair work, we think about the idiosyncrasies of some famous literary journeys, as well as speaking more broadly about the social and political import of city walking.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin is a teacher and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in literature, focussing on the novels of J.M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo. She is the co-editor of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives published by Bloomsbury and recently wrote an entry on Don DeLillo for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. In addition to teaching at City Lit, Katie teaches courses on literature, theory and film at the University of Sussex, Bishopsgate, the IF Project and Picturehouse Cinemas.
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?
We will be reading extracts from Lauren Elkin’s book Flaneuse, as well as sections from books by Woolf and Anita Brookner. We will also think about the history of the flaneuse, changes to the city in the 20th century, and contemporary issues that affect the city, and the women who live in them.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Talk lucidly about some literary representations of women walking in cities
- Evaluate and analyse texts more confidently
- Discuss some political and social contexts about the changing cityscape in the 20th century
- Consider the role of gender, race and class in the experience of the city.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- You will need to be enthusiastic about reading and sharing ideas
- You will need to respond to a range of ideas and materials in class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with some mini-introductory lectures, as well as group discussion. There will also be pair and group work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The lecturer will provide all materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other literature courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin is a teacher and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in literature, focusing on the novels of J.M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo. She is the co-editor of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives published by Bloomsbury and recently wrote an entry on Don DeLillo for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. In addition to teaching at City Lit, Katie teaches courses on literature, theory and film at the University of Sussex, Bishopsgate, the IF Project and at Picturehouse Cinemas.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.