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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2003

T C 325 • Topics in the Arts and Sciences: British History, Literature, and Politics-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40595 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, African, and early American dimensions. Another point will be a focus on historical and literary biography—and autobiography—for example, not only of Disraeli, Virginia Woolf, T. E. Lawrence, and George Orwell but of Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, and Kenyatta.

About the Professor: Professor Roger Louis teaches in Oxford as well as the UT Department of History. He is the author or editor of some twenty books including Imperialism at Bay and a biographical study of Churchill. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire. Small Class: Limited to 5 Plan II Students. Meets with HIS 350L and LAH 350

Grading Policy

This class fulfills the requirement for a course with a substantial writing component. 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. Revision is required. The class thus becomes as much a course in professional writing as one in which individual academic interests are pursued.

Texts

Lytton Strachey’s 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 Bernard Crick, George Orwell: A Life Robert Blake, Disraeli Edmund S. Morgan, Benjamin Franklin Michael Holroyd, Lytton Strachey Judith M. Brown, Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf Jomo Kenyatta, Facing Mount Kenya T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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