London is one of the most historic, diverse, and culturally rich cities in the world. Using London itself as a text, as well as literature, theater, art, architecture and cultural history, students will combine, reading, classroom discussion, group excursions in and outside the city, and individual exploration to understand London as a place today as well as ways the city has been imagined in the past — particularly in the 19th century. The program will include: 

  • Seeing 2–3 theater performances per week;
  • Examining the roles that London played — and the way the city was represented — in 19th century literature and museum displays: in contrast to the historic English countryside; as rapidly growing metropolitan center of commerce, law, and culture; as cosmopolitan focus of national and world culture; as capital of nation and Empire.
  • Exploring themes of class and gender, ideas of nationhood, nature and industry, civilization and society, art and life as they manifested in literature and museum displays.
  • Discovering continuities and contrasts with present-day London.