- 14 January to 26 April 2019
- Paul Mellon Centre
Students explore London and write a series of guided themes, four days a week, of about 350 to 400 words. The prompts include visits to historical and architectural sites, among them Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London, the Imperial War Museum, Bloomsbury, and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as streets and places referred to in British literature, such as the Old Curiosity Shop, Baker Street, Charing Cross and Kings’ Cross Stations, and Brick Lane. The readings are drawn from diverse sources and include poetry, novels, plays, and works of nonfiction: the exemplary readings encourage students to experiment with and engage with tone, style, and subject matter. The writers considered include John Keats, Charles Dickens, Conan Doyle, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, P. L. Travers, Monica Ali, Zadie Smith, and Hanif Kureishi. When possible, there will be visits from British writers, who will discuss how the city figures in their work. Readings are discussed in the seminar; students also read and comment on each other’s work in both workshop and peer-editing sessions.