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Discourses of Empire 1700-1820

This course will consider how British and Colonial literatures articulated the process of forging a world empire. Our central project will be to map the shifting identities of self and other, and metropolis and colony, throughout the eighteenth century. We will read a wide range of texts - - not only novels and poems representing imperial encounters, but also travel books and early slave narratives – and the course will provide ample opportunity for reference to McMaster’s rich collection of books and periodicals from this period.

GLOBAL ST 747 / CSCT 747 / ENGLISH 747

Discourses of Empire 1700-1820

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: No

This course will consider how British and Colonial literatures articulated the process of forging a world empire. Our central project will be to map the shifting identities of self and other, and metropolis and colony, throughout the eighteenth century. We will read a wide range of texts - - not only novels and poems representing imperial encounters, but also travel books and early slave narratives – and the course will provide ample opportunity for reference to McMaster’s rich collection of books and periodicals from this period.


Peter Walmsley

Professor | Department of English & Cultural Studies