FIE provides immersive study abroad programs in London, Dublin, and Amman

Literary London: Reading the Restless City

Is London fairly represented in literature? Has the way London is presented changed over time? Is there a difference in the London of a novel and the London of a travel guide?

This dynamic, diverse and exciting city has been an inspiration and subject for writers over hundreds of years.  This course introduces students to London, both as an object of inquiry and as a source, setting, and inspiration for numerous literary texts. Exploring the places, tropes, symbols, and characters in a diverse selection of narratives enables students to think about the multiplicity of London in relation to key theoretical and historical/cultural events that have helped shape the city.  Different approaches to ‘writing and reading’ London are addressed alongside an analysis of the ways in which the city acts as a basis for critical interrogation and understanding.


  • Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, East London
  • Visit to The George Inn, Drinking Place of Shakespeare and Dickens
  • Imperial War Museum


Literary London