From the London of Charles Dickens, teeming with “Countrymen, butchers, drovers, hawkers, boys thieves, idlers, and vagabond of every low grade,” to Monica Ali’s Bangladeshi’s living desperate lives behind the “net curtains” of Brick Lane, London has always inspired fiction about outsiders finding their feet in this vast metropolis. This course invites participants to discover writers who have used London as a setting or as a controlling metaphor to create stories about immigrants and other outsiders. Thus, participants will study these two different Londons: the establishment, the central, “ propah” imperial metropolis celebrated in the great halls of Westminster Abbey and Hatfield House on one hand, and the anti-imperial, marginal, alien and improper London of outskirts, oppositions and impoverishment, of sweatshops and dives, (Kureishi's South London, Dickens' Farringdon, Ali's Banglatown) on the other. Students will get to know these different Londons through discussions, texts, lectures, readings and field trips to sites that will include Westminister Abbey, the Globe Theater and Brick Lane among others. Simultaneously, participants will imagine their very own London, people it with their own characters, and animate it with scenes and drama through the fiction they write.
||dates05/29/2013 — 06/28/2013
costs $2,600 + tuition
Includes Housing, local transportation, cell phone, course activities, supplementary insurance
housing Students live in flats with fully fitted kitchens.
applyPlease visit our Short-Term page for more information about our online application.
Non-Fordham applicants must include an official transcript from all colleges or universities to date and a institutional approval form
March 21st at 5pm
Applications will not be reviewed until all supporting submissions have been received.