London is a global center for the literary arts and theater, as well as for music and the visual arts. Using London itself as a text, along with literature, theater, art, architecture and cultural history, students will combine reading, classroom discussion, group excursions in and outside the city, and individual exploration to write about London both creatively and critically. The program will include:

  • Seeing 2–3 theater performances per week
  • Examining the roles that London has played — and the way the city has been represented —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 manifested in literature and museum displays
  • Discovering continuities and contrasts with present-day London