In this advanced seminar we will study a series of thematically connected novels by some of the century's most important writers from England and her former colonies: India, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Nigeria. There will be a certain emphasis on novels set or written in Africa (especially South Africa), since that is what I am currently working on. Our class discussions will explore some of the following issues: "Englishness" and "Otherness"; civilization and barbarism; the intersections of race and gender; writing and orality; violence, torture, and voyeurism; and the meaning of such ideas as history, empire, and freedom. Students should expect to read a novel a week, plus a few critical and theoretical essays; some films will be screened. The reading list (though subject to some revision) is likely to include: Conrad, The Heart of Darkness; Forster, A Passage to India; Waugh, Black Mischief; Lessing, The Grass is Singing; Rhys, The Wide Sargasso Sea; Greene, The Quiet American; Achebe, Arrow of God; Lamming, Natives of my Person; Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians; Gordimer, Something Out There (and selected short stories); Ousmane Sembene, The Money Order; Rushdie, East\West.