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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 392M • British History, Literature, and Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34750 F
4:30 PM-7:30 PM
HRC 3.206
Louis

Course Description

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. In a general way, the seminar upholds the principles of the Modern History Faculty at Oxfordto enhance (1) intellectual curiosity; (2) conceptual clarity; (3) intellectual flexibility; (4) accuracy and attention to detail; (5) critical engagement; (6) capacity for hard work; (7) enthusiasm for history, literature, and politics; and (8) historical imagination and understanding, that is the possession of appropriate historical knowledge and the capacity to deploy it.

Another point will be a focus on historical and literary biographyand autobiographyfor example, not only Disraeli, Virginia Woolf, T. E. Lawrence, and George Orwell but also Gandhi.

Texts

Reading ListThe following works are required: Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf Norman Davies, The Isles

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