E 392M • British History, Literature and Politics
4:30 PM-7:30 PM
This seminar is designed as a reading course in history, literature, and politics, and as a class in professional writing. In addition to the required reading listed below, each student draws up an individual reading list in consultation with the professor. The scope of the seminar includes not only the literature, history and politics of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland but also the interaction of British and other societies throughout the world. One point of emphasis will be the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth in its Asian and African as well as early American dimensions. Another point will be a focus on historical and literary biography- and autobiography- for example, not only Disraeli, Virginia Woolf, T. E. Lawrence, and George Orwell but Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, and Kenyatta.
Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians is required, then a choice of five other books from the list below plus six others to be decided upon in consultation with the instructor:
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians Robert Blake, Disraeli Michael Holroyd, Lytton Strachey Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom Bernard Crick, George Orwell: A Life Edmund S. Morgan, Benjamin Franklin Judith M. Brown, Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope Jomo Kenyatta, Facing Mount Kenya