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Faculty of Arts

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY AND APPRECIATION OF LITERATURE

Definition, function and scope of language and literature. The social roots of literature.

Definition and function of figurative language: simile, metaphor, allusion, personification, pun alliteration, anti thesis, climax, assonance.

Definition of symbol, image, myth, allegory, parable, fable.

Major Forms of Poetry:

Definition of lyric, sonnet, ode, elegy, epic, satire, ballad, dramatic monologue. Major Forms of Prose:

Definition of essay, biography, autobiography, short story and novel. Major Forms of Drama:

Definition and major components of tragedy, comedy, one- act play, farce, melodrama. Appreciation of poetry, prose and drama passages.

 

ESSAY AND SHORT STORY

Bacon : ‘Of Friendship’

Lamb : ‘The Praise of Chimney Sweepers’ Benson : ‘The Art of the Essayist’

Bernard Malamud : ‘The First Seven Years’ Ruskin Bond : ‘The Night Train at Deoli’

 

 

Department of English

ELIZABETHAN POETRY

Shakespeare : ‘Shall I compare thee….’ ‘When in the chronicles of Wasted time’

Milton : ‘On the late Massacre in Piedmount’ ‘Lycidas’ Gray : ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’

Blake : ‘The Tyger’

Burns : ‘O my Luve’s like a red, red rose’

 

ROMANTIC POETRY

Wordsworth : ‘The World is too much with us’

‘Lines Written in Early Spring’ Coleridge : ‘Kubla Khan’ Byron :‘All for love’

‘On the Castle of Chillon’ Shelley : ‘Ode to the West Wind’

Keats : ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’: ‘Ode to Autumn’

 

LITERARY MOVEMENTS

Renaissance, Augustan Romantic, Victorian Modern, Post Modern

 

NINETEENTH CENTURY BRITISH NOVEL

A brief history and representative features of 19th Century British Novel

Sense and Sensibility The Return of the Native

 

 

 

VICTORIAN AND MODERN POETRY

Tennyson : ‘Ulysses’ Browning : ‘My Last Duchess’ Arnold : ‘Thyrsis’

‘Dover Beach’

Yeats :‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ ‘Among School Children’

Auden : ‘Seascape’ ‘The Shield of Achilles’

Eliot: ‘Landscapes – New Hampshire’ ‘Journey of the Magi’

 

SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMA

Macbeth

As You Like It

 

POST- SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMA

She Stoops to Conquer Look Back in Anger Arms and the Man

All My Sons

 

APPROACHES TO LITERATURE

Biographical, Historical and Formalist Approaches to Literature Concepts

Practice texts

Excerpts from Charles Dickens by Jane Smiley Excerpts from Delhi by Khushwant Singh

Understanding Elizabeth Bishop through ‘One Art ’ Mythological and Archetypal Approaches to Literature Concepts.

Excerpts from The Golden Bough by Frazer

Excerpts from Haroun and Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie Psychological, Sociological and Gender Criticism Approaches to Literature Concepts

Excerpts from Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald

‘To be or not to be’, Hamlets’ Soliloquy

 

INDIAN AND AFRICAN NOVEL

Representative Features of Indian and African Novel in English

The Voice Kanthapura

 

TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH AND AMERICAN NOVEL

Representative Features of Twentieth Century British and American Novel

A Passage to India A Farewell to Arms

 

History of English Studies

OLD ENGLISH

History

Excerpts from Beowulf MIDDLE ENGLISH

History

Excerpts from Piers Plowman by William Langland and Everyman MODERN ENGLISH (Upto 17th Century and Early 18th Century) A: History

B: Excerpts from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

 

  1. Excerpts:

Donne: ‘The Sun Rising’ Milton: ‘On His Blindness’

Addison and Steele: ‘A Silent Man’s Advantages in Society’ (Excerpts) Swift: Gulliver’s Travels

Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

MODERN ENGLISH (Upto 19th Century) A: History: (18th & 19th Century)

  1. Excerpts:

Pope: ‘Rape of The Lock’ (Excerpts) Swift: Gulliver’s Travels

Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice Coleridge: ‘The Rime of Ancient Mariner’ Wordsworth: ‘Lucy Poems’

Thackery: Vanity Fair Browning: ‘My Last Duchess’ Modern English (20th Century)

History Excerpts:

Walter Raleigh: Wishes of an Elderly Man, Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914″ Hemingway: ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’

Tennesse Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (Excerpt) Virginia Woolf: To The Light House (Excerpt)

  1. S. Eliot: The Wasteland (Excerpt) Beckett: Waiting for Godot (Excerpt) Alice Walker: The Color Purple (Excerpt) World Englishes

A: Background B: Excerpts:

Amos Tutuola: The Palm-Wine Drinkard (Excerpt) Amitav Ghosh: The Sea of Poppies (Excerpt) Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger

Pablo Neruda: ‘I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You’ English Studies in Translation

Excerpts:

Ghalib: Excerpts from translated ghazals Manto: ‘Toba Tek Singh’

Premchand: ‘Sadgati’ Mahasweta Devi: ‘Dopadi’

 

Introduction to Critical Theory

Defining Theory; Theory and Criticism; From Liberal Humanist Criticism to Theory. Reader-Response Criticism: The Narratee; Affective Stylistics; Reception Theory; Literary Competence.

Marxist Criticism: Basic Concepts; Soviet Socialist Realism; The Frankfurt School; Ideology. Postcolonial Theory and Criticism: From Commonwealth to Postcolonial; Theories of Colonial Discourses; Postcolonialsim and Nationalism; Diaspora Identities.

 

Studies: Approaches to Culture; The Development of Cultural Studies; Theoretical bases of Cultural Studies; Impact of Cultural Studies.

Dialogic Criticism: Polyphony, Dialogism, Heteroglossia, Carnivalesque.

 

 

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