ENGL 3341 Fictions of Empire (Fall: 3 )
In its day, the British Empire outdid Rome's power and grandeur. It reveled in ceremony and invented traditions and sustained itself with notions of the civilizing mission and illusions of permanence. The literary arts responded to these fictions in various ways and were an important accessory to imperialism. This course will take up the representative literature and select policy documents of the Empire to discover the stories that the English told themselves in order to justify their conquest and subjugation of others. Works will include poems, adventure tales, short stories and novels.
Instructor(s): Kalpana Seshadri
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13