Though New York has many more nicknames (The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, Gotham, etc.) and a lot more skyscrapers, London counters with its own globally-recognized icons, Big Ben, Shakespeare, Buckingham Palace and its resident Queen Elizabeth among many others. But whichever metropole suits your fancy, these twin capitals of the Anglophone world have together served as the chief centers of international finance and trade for much of the last three centuries, as well as (arguably) the global epicenters of international migration, the arts, architecture, publishing, theater, design (sorry Paris), popular music and much else, including at one time or another industrial production, too.
Utilizing both scholarly and literary texts, as well as popular music (“If I can make it there. . . ), film (“there are eight million stories in the Naked City,” and one of them started with Audrey Hepburn in a black evening gown having a croissant for Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and television (from Friends to Seinfeld, Sex in the City to Girls, or EastEnders to Sherlock Holmes), this course will utilize a topically organized, compare and contrast structure to explore and analyze the origins, evolution and future prospects of both cities.