The British Novel and Empire (1808)

Three Tuesdays: April 10, 17, 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sold out!

$90 (10% off for members)

This course will examine the pivotal role Britain’s vast empire played in shaping the British novel from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. We will explore how actual wars, debates, laws, and insurgencies in the colonies erupt into British novels in interesting and unexpected ways. The topics we will consider include: the idea of ‘England’ and ‘Englishness’; notions of civility and barbarity; the metropolis versus the colony; cultural hybridity and colonial identity; and the rhetoric of imperial fiction. We will read works by Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre), Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness), and E.M. Forster (A Passage to India).

A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Reading Schedule:
April 10: Jane Eyre
April 17: Heart of Darkness
April 24: A Passage to India

Supriya Goswami has taught courses in children’s literature, Anglophone world literature, and nineteenth-century British literature and Empire at California State University, Sacramento (2002-2007), and, more recently, at George Washington University. She is the author of Colonial India in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2012), which is the first book-length study to explore the intersections of British, Anglo-Indian, and Bengali children’s literature and defining historical moments in colonial India. She is currently working on her second book, Colonial Wars in Children’s Literature. She has also published in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly and Wasafiri.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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A Passage to India Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156711425
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Published: Mariner Books - March 17th, 1965

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Owen Knowles (Editor), Owen Knowles (Introduction by), Owen Knowles (Notes by), Robert Hampson (Editor)
ISBN: 9780141441672
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 25th, 2007

Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141441146
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 15th, 2006