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ENGL 2745: Outcast London: East End Refugees and Rebels

Outcast London: East End Refugees & Rebels

ENGL 2709 - 4 credits

Travel Dates Arrive in London by afternoon of August 18th, depart London on August 25th or later
Course Dates: August 19 - 24, 2013
Location: London
Instructors: Adam Rovner
Registration Deadline: July 1 or when course is full

Description: This course offers a thematic approach to the famous—and infamous—area of London called the East End. Significant works of fact, fiction, and film will provide a socio-historical context to "Outcast London." Beginning in the Victorian era, the impoverished slums and immigrant tenements of the East End were notorious breeding grounds for crime, violence, and prostitution. Yet the East End also exerted a magnetic pull on bourgeois Londoners who toured these neighborhoods to witness first-hand the social miseries of the world's industrial capital. "Aliens"—that is, immigrants—flooded the East End in the late nineteenth century to challenge England's conception of itself. By the turn of the twentieth century, the East End was a multiethnic haven for various backgrounds, faiths, and ideologies. The East End forced Londoners to confront race and class in stark new ways which have continued to exert an influence on the city's self-image. Today, the East End remains a site of immigration and cultural diversity that is by turns exotic and alarming. Students will come to appreciate some of the fundamental tensions that animate the East End, and by extension contemporary British society. Our journey takes us from the dark days of Jack the Ripper in the 1880s, to the "abyss" of the first decades of the 1900s, and into the uneasy confrontation between traditional and (post)modern cultures in the 2000s. Through close-reading, film screenings, lecture, discussion, walking tours, written exercises, and guest presentations, students will achieve a nuanced perspective on the psychogeography of one of the world's most compelling cityscapes.

Approximate Travel Costs*:

Airfare: $1600 (Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements. This is an estimate and is subject to change.)
Program Fee:

$1600 (Covers lodging, some meals, rail pass, walking tours, and other activity fees)

Cancellation Fee:

$1600 (Applied in the event student drops the course after having been officially registered.)

*Tuition fees apply and are in addition to travel expenses. These expenses are estimates subject to change.

For more information and a sample syllabus, contact Adam Rovner at

Applications are being accepted until July 1, 2013 OR until the course is full. SPACE IS LIMITED. CALL 303-871-2360 TO REGISTER.