Literature: Empire and After in English 1899 to present Copy

Literature: Empire and After in English 1899 to present Copy

Tutor: Rachel Malik

Time: Thursdays 10.15am-12.15pm

Dates: Jan 19 – March 30 (half term Feb 23)

May 11 – June 29 ( half term June 1)

Fees:  HLSI Members £90 for a 10 week term

£65 for the Summer 7 week term

Non-members £115 for a 10 week term and £82 for the Summer 7 week term

Over the next two terms, we’re going to think about the relationships between colonial and post-colonial situations and literature in two bodies of writing. The first is Irish and starts with Frank O’Connor’s stories about the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. We then go on to explore the Catholic state (in the writing of John McGahern), emigration in Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn and an expanded sphere of colonial and post-colonial politics in the poems of Paul Muldoon. This will take us up to and including week 8 of the Spring Term. After this we will move on to look at India and Pakistan, ‘created’ at the same moment: the end of British imperial rule in 1947. We will start with some of Saadat Hasan Manto’s stories about independence, in particular the impact of Partition, going on to explore the new India or Indias as they are represented in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and the poems of Eunice de Souza. This will take us up to week 5 of the Summer term. In the final two weeks, we’ll compare and contrast two contemporary novels, one from Ireland and the other from Pakistan where contemporary politics, economics and social relations mesh with older colonial and post-colonial narratives: Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Ireland
Spring Term, Weeks 1 – 8
Weeks 1 and 2: Frank O’Connor, ‘Guests of the Nation’ and other stories (1931) in The Frank O’Connor Omnibus [short stories]
Weeks 3 and 4: John McGahern, The Leavetaking (1975) [novel]
Weeks 5 and 6: Paul Muldoon, ‘Meeting the British’ and other poems in New Selected Poems 1968 to 1994 (1987) [poetry]
Weeks 7 and 8: Colm Toibin, Brooklyn (2009) [novel]
India and Pakistan
Spring Term, Weeks 9 and 10, Spring Term and Weeks 1 – 5 of Summer Term
Weeks 9 and 10: Saadat Hasan Manto, Mottled Dawn (stories from late 1940s about Partition) [short stories]
Weeks 1, 2 and 3: Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children (1981) [novel]
Weeks 4 and 5: Eunice de Souza, A Necklace of Skulls, collected poems (2010) [poetry]

Conclusions
Summer Term, weeks 6 and 7
Week 6: Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) [novel]
Week 7: Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz (2011) [novel]

These are the editions to get in the order you need them:
TRY TO GET AS MANY AS POSSIBLE FROM THE HIGHGATE BOOKSHOP, 020 8348 8202.

Frank O’Connor, Frank O’Connor Omnibus (Everyman, 2009)
John McGahern, The Leavetaking (Faber, 2009)
Paul Muldoon, New Selected Poems, 1968-94 (Faber 2004)
Colm Toibin, Brooklyn (Penguin 2015)
Saadat Hasan Manto, Mottled Dawn (Motilal Penguin India, 2011)
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children (Vintage Classics, 2008)
Eunice de Souza, A Necklace of Skulls (Penguin 2009)
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Penguin 2013)
Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz (Vintage, 2012)