London and Literature
in the Nineteenth Century
growth of modern London was accompanied by new ways of presenting
the complexity of the urban scene, new expressions of moral and
religious concern, and new myths and fantasies about the city.
The ancient literary subject of the relation between the country
and the city is given new forms, and the city labyrinth becomes
the site of mystery, crime, misery and despair, and of detective
work, wealth, invention and political and sociological awareness.
Complex cities also invite deliberate cultivation of new modes
of aesthetic appreciation, new ways of experiencing vestiges of
the past, and new ways of comparing this city with other imperial
cities, past and present. All these phenomena are exemplified
in the set anthology.
This course, part of Cardiff Universitys
MA in English Literature, analyses the way a variety of texts
relate to the city, and the relationships of fictional and historical
individuals to their urban environment are presented. There will
be a concentration on the techniques, analytical assumptions,
and ideologies involved. The course will make use of an anthology
of prose and verse works and passages, which is available in this
website. The site contains two types of information: course
details and pertinent literary resources.
Documents currently include extracts, individual pieces, contextual
material, illustrations, as well as some full electronic texts.
On the navigation bar to the left are a number
of links enabling access to various parts of the site. Fuller
information about using this resource can be found in the Guide.