Political Geography and Colonialism
Short essay about George Orwell’s book, Burmese Days. The purpose of this essay is NOT to summarize the plot of the book. Instead, the short essay essay should address the following questions:
1) Why would Burmese Days have been assigned in a political geography course? How does political geography affect what happens in the novel?
2) What is geographical about the book? Does the book have anything interesting to say about the nature or importance of territorial arrangements/identities, geopolitical understandings, location, or environment for the colonial project?
Essay should be around two typewritten pages (double spaced, 12-pt type) and it should focus on the above questions as directly as possible. Feel free to use any source you feel applicable. Avoid the temptation simply to describe what happens in the book. Use developments in the book to support your arguments about the questions set forth above.
– G. Orwell, Burmese Days, Harcourt, Brace, 1974
– Online version of Burmese Days can be found here: