The city in literature

This course invites students to take a tour of the world’s major cities via an eclectic selection of novels, short stories and poems – from Edwin Morgan’s Glasgow, to Robert Louis Stevenson’s London and Charles Baudelaire’s Paris, before heading across the pond to Paul Auster’s New York, and beyond – to Africa, India and Australia. We will analyse and discuss different psychological and philosophical concepts of the city, the characters that inhabit its buildings and streets, and the principal themes that arise in literary texts, such as opportunity, anonymity and conflict. How does the representation of the city in literature compare to our own experience of urban living?

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  • Cost: £140
  • Credits: 10