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ENGL 468 The Literature of Early London

Prerequisites: Open to students with junior or senior standing and with permission of the instructor. Due to limited enrollment, preference will be given to English majors or minors. (Summer—as needed/3 credits) 

This summer, upper-level seminar explores the culture, history and space of London through its literature, beginning with the first Roman accounts of the Londinium settlement, through the city’s medieval evolution, and concluding with the rise of early modern London and the burgeoning literary, theatrical and imperial traditions it housed. Note: this course includes two weeks of study in London, where students will have the opportunity to explore firsthand the sites and surviving evidence of the literature they have studied. Field trips will likely include visits to the Museum of London, the British Library, the Tower of London, Battle Abbey, the British Museum, Southwark, Middle Temple Hall, Hampton Palace and the New Globe Theatre, as well as several walking tours of Roman and Medieval London.