Ahmanson Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Up to ten undergraduate scholarships are offered every year to support undergraduate student research at the Clark Library. These are intended for UCLA upper-division students who enroll in a designated course (usually open to upper division students from any UCLA department). Program details, seminar descriptions and requirements, and application procedures are announced each year.

2018–19 Ahmanson Undergraduate Seminars

English 181B: London Life 1666–1800
Directed by Professor Saree Makdisi, UCLA Department of English
Winter Quarter 2019, Thursdays 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Held at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (off campus)
The Clark Library is located 12 miles from campus in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. For directions and additional information, please visit http://clarklibrary.ucla.edu/visit/

ENROLLMENT BY INSTRUCTOR CONSENT ONLY (see below for application instructions)

On successful completion, students receive a $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Ahmanson Foundation and administered through the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies.

Overview of the topic

This seminar will explore a variety of texts expressing the thrills and challenges of life in London through the eighteenth century, reading the city with and against its literary and visual representations.  Readings—including memoirs, diaries, poetry, fiction, caricatures, journalism, prints and guidebooks—will draw on materials housed in the Clark Library collection, and will cover the gamut of London life from the Great Fire to the emergence of London as a global capital of empire and commerce, and will include work by Defoe, Hogarth, Pepys, Robinson, Blake, Johnson, Burney, Gay and others.  Readings in urban studies will help us frame our approach to the literature of the city.

The seminar is open to upper-division students from any UCLA department; no special technical knowledge is required. Interested students should send an e-mail to Professor Makdisi (makdisi@ucla.edu) with the following information, by Thursday, November 15, 2018.

  • your name, major, and year
  • a list of any courses you have taken that prepare you in some way for this seminar, either in subject matter (urban studies, literature and the arts, etc.) or in research methods (any course with a research paper)
  • A clear statement of what interests you about this course, and what you hope to get out of it.

Enrollment in each Ahmanson Undergraduate Seminar is limited to ten participants. Those who successfully complete the course requirements receive an award of $1,000.

Questions about the program:
Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
302 Royce Hall, UCLA