The City in British Literature

(BA (1.2), A4, A7, D2; BA Int. Stud. A1.2, A 1.3, A 2.1, A 2.5; BA LA VM Lit; Lehramt (A4, A4a; VM Lit); MAIAS A1.4 electives
PS 2st., Do 12-14
SoSe 2017
Universität Bayreuth

In this seminar, we will discuss the importance of the city/town following the rise of industrialisation and the Empire. By reading the selected works in their time and considering relevant socio-political changes and movements, we will try to explain the attraction of cities in the eyes of many people. People’s motivations, expectations, hopes and dreams connected with the urban environment will be focal points to be traced in history and literature. All of the selected authors have created their own vision of the chosen city/town by using different modes of representation. Hence, we will compare and contrast the different literary genres and their impact on the depiction of the city motif.

Texts to be obtained by students:
Andrea Levy. Small Island
Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
James Joyce. Dubliners
Graham Greene. Brighton Rock