HIS 350L • British History, Literature and Politics-HON-W
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 biographyand autobiographyfor example, not only of Disraeli, Virginia Woolf, T. E. Lawrence, and George Orwell but of Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, and Kenyatta.
The main requirements of the course are met by students reading a book or its equivalent each week and by submitting a weekly critique of the reading. Each of the weekly essays is circulated to all other members of the class who make annotated comments on style as well as substance. The class thus becomes as much a course in professional writing as one in which individual academic interests are pursued. This class fulfills the requirement for a course with a substantive writing component. Each of the eleven weekly essays will be resubmitted in revised form to take account of criticism. The total written component is thus 22 pages. The class also meets together with the British Studies faculty seminar at three oclock Friday afternoons.
Lytton Stracheys EMINENT VICTORIANS is required, then a choice of 5 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