British imperialism permeated the British literary tradition much as it did the globe. In this course, we will examine the fictions and critiques of empire constructed in and through selected texts from the eighteenth century through the present. Our investigations will be informed by contemporary public discourse about slavery and imperialism so that we can better grasp the literary and historical context of British colonialism and its postcolonial after-effects.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.