This course studies the break-up of the British colonial empire of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as reflected in literature and in literary criticism. Emphasis is placed upon the idea of imperialism, the role of culture in imperial expansion, the conception of national character, and the process of decolonization. The readings trace the theory of empire in the metropole and its practice in the colony. Writers include Macaulay, Kipling, Conrad, Yeats, Forster, Greene, Achebe, Gordimer, and Friel.
Prerequisites: ENGL 223 or permission of instructor.