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In this course we will examine ways in which British art and literature of the "high imperial" period (1870-1914) expressed and shaped the national discourse on imperialism in England. Content includes paintings, sculpture, photography, advertising and newspaper cartoons of colonial subjects (e.g., landscapes, battles, portraits, harems, ethnography) by Victorian painters, newspaper illustrators and photographers (Hunt, Lear, Lewis, Cameron, Leighton, Prior, Deen Dayal); visual culture in international exhibitions; travel literature (Burton, Kingsley); and novels and poems (Tennyson, Kipling, Conrad). This material will be coordinated with histories and theories of colonialism and postcolonialism (Said, Bhabha, Pratt) to explore the role of culture in imperial politics and in the formation of modern notions about race, gender, and national identity. Students will be able to pursue visual and literary interests and the course will focus on the British Empire in India, which consideration given to the empire in Africa and the Middle East.