SoSe 16: S-Culture-Gender-Media II: Empire and Victorian Writing
At the end of the nineteenth century, the British Empire encompassed one quarter of the earth. Imperial activities were crucial to Britain’s cultural imagination and self-image; and the Empire moved ... Lesen Sie weiter
At the end of the nineteenth century, the British Empire encompassed one quarter of the earth. Imperial activities were crucial to Britain’s cultural imagination and self-image; and the Empire moved to the centre of fictional and non-fictional writing. Focusing primarily on the British Raj and Africa, we will analyse the representations of the people, places, and conflicts of the British Empire. Fiction played an important ideological role in imperial expansion, but it can also give us an idea of both the allure and the anxieties of Empire. We will discuss nineteenth-century essays, poems, short stories, and three novels: Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone (1868), Henry Rider Haggard’s She (1887), and Rudyard Kipling’s Kim (1901). Our readings will be supplemented with a selection of shorter excerpts from post-colonial criticism, which will provide the relevant theoretical basis for analysis. Texts: Students should purchase Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (Penguin), Henry Rider Haggard, She (Oxford’s World’s Classics), and Rudyard Kipling, Kim (Penguin), and should have read The Moonstone by the beginning of the semester. Additional material will be provided on Blackboard. Assessment will be on the basis of regular attendance, active participation (including short presentations and response papers), and the submission of a 4000-word essay.