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Linguistics and Literature

Over the last few years we have expanded our range of undergraduate degree options to include Comparative, Global, Contemporary, European and Aspects of Ethics options joining the perennially popular English Literature and Society.

The literature courses are available for LSE undergraduates as outside options and focus on twentieth and twenty first century literature in the context of social and political change in the period. They will give you the opportunity to consider texts (prose fiction, poetry and drama) often in the light of your major subject at LSE. We look at literature as an index of social change. In addition to study of texts in class we also arrange frequent trips to related plays and exhibitions over the course of the year, while also using video and other media in teaching.

The new linguistics course, Society and Language, will introduce you to key (socio)linguistic concepts like semantic and pragmatic meaning, discourse, register, genre and dialect. You will be able to explore the reciprocal relationship between language and specific social contexts and structures (class, gender, ethnicity), and study the role that language plays in the creation, maintenance and change of social relations and institutions. Other aspects we will study include multilingualism, the possibilities and limits of translation and the use of language for academic purposes.The linguistic option gives students the opportunity to explore and apply (socio)linguistic theories and concepts developed to explore the links between social contexts and language use.

Assessment for all courses LN250, LN251, LN252, LN253, LN254 and LN270 is by examination (75%) and extended coursework essay/project work (25%).

The Literature Degree courses are taught by Dr Angus Wrenn and Dr Olga Sobolev whilst our Linguistics option is taught by Dr Peter Skrandies.

All these courses are very popular and thus capped so if you are interested make sure you register for your chosen options as early as possible.

Literature and Linguistic Publications

Angus Book
Angus J. Wrenn, Henry James and the Second Empire. Three years spend in France, during the 'Second Empire' of Napoleon III, gave Henry James and early mastery of the French language and its literature. When he settled in Europe, as an adult, it was not in Britain but, briefly yet crucially, in Paris. This study identifies the missing link in the history of James's literary engagement with France..
Olga Sobolev
Olga Sobolev, The Silver Mask. A highly significant movement within the Silver Age, harlequinade did not surface in Russian high culture until the turn of the twentieth century, when it suddenly began to attract the close attention of symbolist authors. In the present work, an attempt is made to show that the proliferation of the new cultural idion was indicative of the fundamental concerns...
Skrandies, Peter (2016) Language policies and the politics of urban migration. In: Kind, Lid and Carson, Lorna, (eds.) The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, 118-152. ISBN 9781783094769The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change