‘Raj: kingdom, used in twentieth century chiefly to denote British rule in India from 1858 to 1947, hence rajah—ruler; and maharajah—great ruler.’
The relationship between Britain & India has been prolonged & profound. In a post-colonial age, how do we interpret literature written during Empire? Now India is the world’s largest democracy and a rising economic force, power, poverty and justice remain crucial themes.
We shall study 2 texts written during the Raj, one a novel, the other a memoir, and then a novel set in independent India.
- Kim (1901) by Rudyard Kipling
- The Hills of Devi (1953) by E.M. Forster
- The Lives of Others (2015) by Neel Mukherjee
Day: Wednesdays Time: 1.30-3.30 pm.
Dates: 8 weeks, October 11th and ending December 6th, 2017 with October 25th for half-term.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove
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