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E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (1924) Context 1. Literary-Historical: A work of British Modernism – a period that usually refers to the years between the world wars (1914-1939) and / or to first half of C20 more generally: o 1920s = high decade: includes works like T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922); James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922); and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925); o Modernist features include: Fragmented narratives and multiple perspectives; Alienated characters; Skepticism about Victorian pieties (progress, duty, domesticity, civilization); Engagement with large-scale society problems – but not necessarily resolution (unless ironic or negative). 2. Social-Political: One large-scale “problem” was imperialism – the responsibilities, anxieties, gains, and losses of having an empire: o Edward Said, from Culture and Imperialism (1993): “’imperialism’ means the practice, the theory, and the attitudes of a dominating metropolitan center ruling a distant territory.” “’Colonialism,’ which is almost always a consequence of
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course ENG 283 taught by Professor Bennion during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.

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Forster 1 - E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (1924) Context...

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