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Kellie D. Holzer
ENGL 200
Seattle Campus

Reading Literary Forms

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.

Class description

"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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

I will assign two 5-7 page papers and several shorter response paper assignments as well.

Participation: 30% Papers: 70%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kellie D. Holzer
Date: 10/26/2011