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ENG 380 Literature of the British Empire (Topics in British Literature: Post-1800): Home
Resources for your study of the literature of the British Empire
The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature spans the full sweep of literary genres, figures, and global reach that define this influential period, blending accessibility with an unmatched breadth of coverage and authoritative scholarship.
Access to over 59,100 articles on notable people who shaped British history worldwide, from the 4th century BC to the year 2012. In addition to outlining a person's activities, character, and significance, each article also includes dates and places of key events, information on parents and spouses, and places of residence.
Provides biographical information on more than 528,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. The database also provides full-text articles from over 350 magazines and newspapers and includes more than 27,000 images plus links to Web sites tied to the lives and works of the subjects.
Some 50,000 new and/or updated biographies are added each year, as well as daily status updates of existing subjects
The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship and the progressive opening of historical records. Volume III covers the long nineteenth century, from the achievement of American independence in the 1780s to the eve of world war in 1914. This was the period of Britain's greatest expansion as both empire-builder and dominant world power.
This course will consider both literal and metaphorical acts of exploration. It focuses on a range of writers and adventurers in the period in which the British Empire first reached its climax and then began its decline. These authors pushed beyond the imperious claims of the rational mind into unknown territories and extreme situations, reaching beyond accepted boundaries in order to embrace and interrogate the psychological and creative world within. Often living in real or quasi-exile, they journeyed from the familiar into the wild and strange, challenging the certainties of their readers with reports brought back from the far edges of human experience.