This course examines some landmarks in the literary history of late 19th and early 20th century imperialism. The focus is on novels of the British Empire, although a French novel in English translation will also be studied. The course involves the analysis of literary works and investigation of germane contexts (political, social, literary etc). Particular attention will be paid to issues of race relations, gender and class generated by the texts. The course will explore some significant metropolitan works that are striated by empire and its discontents. The set texts include novels by H. Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker, Evelyn Waugh, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Genres studied include: adventure romance, scientific romance, imperial gothic, terrorist novel, satiric fiction, and the essay.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of the literature of this period to some major authors, works and genres;
- identify key elements that are distinctive to the literary achievement of some landmark writers in the literary history of the British empire;
- reflect and write analytically about literary texts in the context of British imperialism;
- understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies; and
- demonstrate independent scholarly research on an allocated topic on imperial fiction.
- Essay of 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Essay of 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Critical analysis of 1500 words (20) [LO 4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
L-F Celine, Journey to the End of the Night (New Directions)
J. Conrad, Heart of Darkness and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
H. Rider, Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)
B. Stoker, Dracula (Oxford World's Classics)
E. Waugh, Decline and Fall (Penguin)
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine (Penguin Classics)
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (Penguin Classics)
As per prescribed texts
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