Monday 21 July 2014

ENGL31112 Kipling, Forster and India – summer reading list

ENGL31112 Kipling, Forster and India – summer reading list

Welcome to the course! There will a (free) course booklet, available from the semester one

examination period. I will email you when it is available for collection. It will contain the text of

the short stories by Rudyard Kipling we will look at in weeks one and two. These will include

'Lispeth' and 'The Man Who Would be King'. The electronic version of the editions we will use

can be found here: for 'Lispeth' and for 'The Man Who Would be King'. Notes

for each story can be found in the 'Readers' Guide' on the Kipling Society webpages at


For other primary texts the following editions are set. They are listed in the order in which they

will be taught. See the notes about the Tagore, Narayan and Desani:


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



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

ISBN 978-0143031413 or 978-0140449860


As it comes from India, this edition is not always in stock in the UK. There is an earlier

1985 version of this Penguin edition (ISBN 0140181873, 9780140181876) which is fine.

Whatever you do make sure that you have Surendranath Tagore's translation, though!

(It is not the only one.) 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 (in R.K. Narayan Omnibus, Volume 1 (with Swami and

Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The Dark Room, Everyman, 2006) ISBN 185715293X,



Though it comes in a chunky volume with other related Narayan novels, this appears to

be the cheapest option.


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 are fine too.


The main thing to focus on before the start of the course is reading the primary texts. It is of

course a literary studies module, but if you feel you would like to know more about India's

history, then I recommend Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, A Concise History of

India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002). The following is a short list of

secondary texts:


Howard J. Booth, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 2011). Also available as an ebook via library website or the 'Cambridge

Companions Complete' database (follow the links to 'databases' from the Library website).


David Bradshaw, ed. The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster (Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press, 2007). Also available as an ebook via library website or the 'Cambridge

Companions Complete' database (follow the links to 'databases' from the Library website).


Priyamvada Gopal, The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration (Oxford: Oxford

University Press, 2009)


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


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



Happy Reading!

Dr Howard J. Booth,


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