Tuesday 30 July 2013

Reading list for ENGL31111 Kipling, Forster and India


ENGL31111 Kipling, Forster and India – summer reading list


Welcome to the course! There will a (free) course booklet, available from registration week. I will email you when it is available. It will contain the text of the Kipling short story we will look at in week one, ‘The Man Who Would be King’. The electronic version of the edition we will use can be found here:


For other primary texts the following editions are set. They are listed in the order in which they will be taught. We will use these the page numbers for these editions only in class – but see the notes about the Tagore and the Desani:


Rudyard Kipling, Kim, ed. Harish Trivedi (Penguin, 2011) ISBN 0141442379, 9780141442372.

E.M. Forster, A Passage to India, ed. Oliver Stallybrass (Penguin, 2005) ISBN 014144116X: 978-0141441160

Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World, trans. Surendranath Tagore (Penguin, 2005) ISBN 0140449868, 9780140449860

This edition goes in and out of print. There is an earlier 1985 version of this Penguin edition (ISBN 0140181873, 9780140181876). Whatever you do make sure that you have Surendranath Tagore’s translation, though! For secondhand copies consider and order well in advance.

Mulk Raj Anand, The Untouchable (Penguin, 2004) ISBN 0140183957, 9780140183955

R.K. Narayan, The English Teacher (Vintage, 2001) ISBN 0099282283, 9780099282280

G.V. Desani, All About H Hatterr (NYRB, 2007). ISBN 1590172426, 9781590172421

This edition appears to be out of print at present, but there are many secondhand copies on sale at again, order well in advance! The NYRB edition is based on the 1972 Penguin edition ISBN 0140034900, 9780140034905 (1982 reissue ISBN 0140061827, 9780140061826). These versions will be fine too.


The main thing to focus on before the start of the course is reading the primary texts. But if you wish to look at some secondary texts then the following is a short list:


Howard J. Booth, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). Also available as an ebook via the library website.

Howard J. Booth and Nigel Rigby, eds., Modernism and Empire (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000).

David Bradshaw, ed. The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Also available as an ebook via the library website.

Priyamvada Gopal, The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, A Concise History of India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Jan Montefiore, Rudyard Kipling (Plymouth: Northcote House, 2007)

Peter Morey, Fictions of India: Narrative and Power (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000).

Susheila Nasta, India in Britain: South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858-1950 (Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan 2012).

Mohammad Shaheen, E. M. Forster and the Politics of Imperialism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).


Happy Reading!


Dr Howard J. Booth,


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