The Empire Writes Back: South Asia (1879)

Three Tuesdays: September 18, 25, and October 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$110.00(10% off for members)

In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in the moral and ethical underpinnings of the British Empire. While apologists for Empire no longer ignore or challenge the exploitative nature of imperial rule, they often do offer a counter argument that the British left behind values, ethics, and institutions that were immensely beneficial to the erstwhile colonies. In this course, we will consider the historical, political, and cultural context of the British Empire and its impact on fiction and film from (and about) South Asia. We will begin by watching Gurinder Chadha’s Partition drama Viceroy’s House  and then read fiction from India (Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things) and Sri Lanka (Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost) as examples of how the “empire writes back.”

Viceroy’s House, Gurinder Chadha (film)

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (9780812979657)

Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje (9780375724374)

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 and Georgetown 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 such scholarly journals as the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, South Asian Review, and Wasafiri.

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The God of Small Things: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

Anil's Ghost: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375724374
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Published: Vintage - April 24th, 2001