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Representing the City, 1750-1850 - ENG00032M

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Alison O'Byrne
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

·The aim of this course is to explore literary and visual representations of London in the period between 1750-1850, with reference to other cities.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

A knowledge of a range of texts addressing the city from the middle of the eighteenth century through the middle of the nineteenth century;

An awareness of some of the key concerns and debates about the city as presented in literary and visual accounts;

A sense of how and why writers invented new genres and reworked existing genres to represent the city in this period.

Academic and graduate skills

An ability to bring disparate works into dialogue with one another

Essay planning and writing skills

Oral communication skills through participation in seminar discussion


Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

For more information about the feedback you will receive for your work, see section 12 of the department's Guide to Assessment (PDF , 1,244kb).

Indicative reading

Indicative works: William Hogarth, selected engravings; Frances Burney, Evelina; William Hogarth, from The Prelude; William Hazlitt, selected essays; Charles Lamb, selected essays; Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz, Henry Mahew, London Labour and the London Poor

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