Kellie D. Holzer
Covers techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature in its various forms: poetry, drama, prose fiction, and film. Examines such features of literary meanings as imagery, characterization, narration, and patterning in sound and sense. Offered: AWSp.
"Gender and Race in Literature of the British Empire":
By the end of the nineteenth century, the British Empire covered an enormous part of the globe; at the Empire's peak (around 1920), the British governed a quarter of the world’s population. This course introduces students to some of the literatures that emerged from colonial encounters between the British and the peoples they colonized in parts of South Asia. Colonialism was a crucible for ideas about race and gender, and the turn of the twentieth century witnessed dramatic transformations in these ideas. Students will analyze how gender and race are represented in the following readings: Flora Steel’s On the Face of the Waters, Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, George Orwell’s Burmese Days, Rabindranath Tagore’s The Home and the World, Rokeya Hossain’s Sultana’s Dream and poetry by Toru Dutt. Additional readings (for context) may include bits from travel writing and memoirs, official imperial memos, and anti-colonial speeches.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
large and small group discussions in class, an online discussion board, writing workshops, group presentations, occasional lectures
Class assignments and grading
I will assign two 5-7 page papers and several shorter response paper assignments as well.
Participation: 30% Papers: 70%