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Week 7 Fictions of Empire

Core Readings:

Patrick Brantlinger, ‘Victorians and Africans: The Genealogy of the Myth of the Dark Continent’, Critical Inquiry, 12 (1985), 166-203.

Elizabeth Buettner, Empire Families: Britons and Late Imperial India (2004), Introduction and chap. 1 (reading specifically for the use of imaginative literature as an historical source).

Nancy Paxton, ‘Complicity and Resistance in the Writings of Flora Annie Steel and Annie Besant’, in Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel, eds., Western Women and Imperialism (1992), 158-76.


Further Readings:

Patrick Brantlinger, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914 (1998).

Nigel Leask, British Romantic Writers and the East: Anxieties of Empire (1992).

Javed Majeed, ‘Meadows Taylor’s Confessions of a Thug: The Anglo-Indian Novel as a Genre in the Making’, in Bart Moore-Gilbert, ed., Writing India1757-1990 (1996), 86-100.

Nancy Paxton, Writing under the Raj: Gender, Race and Rape in the British Colonial Imagination, 1830-1947 (1999).

Kate Teltscher, IndiaInscribed: European and British Writing on India, 1600-1800 (1995).