Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Syllabus- 1st Semester

Course E- 101 Approaches to the Study of Literature I
Course Code ASL I
This course has been planned to provide the students with a historical perspective of the development of the English critical tradition. This would enable them to view/review the growth of literatures in English as both an art and a discipline. Contributions of the commonly accepted core thinkers in literary theory and criticism are to be studied both diachronically and synchronically.

Course Content:
Unit 1: Classical Criticism
A broad overview of the Classical literary criticism, with special emphasis on the key-concepts in Plato, Aristotle and Longinus, i.e., “mimesis,” “tragedy” and “sublime.”
Unit 2: Renaissance to Neoclassicism
             2.1 Sidney: An Apology for Poetry
             2.2 Johnson: Preface to Shakespeare
Unit 3: Romantic Criticism
            The Romantics on:
a)      Fancy and Imagination
b)      Feelings
c)      Nature
d)     Language  
Unit 4: Victorian Criticism
4.1  Arnold :“The Function of Criticism at the Present Time”
4.2  Pater : Style
4.3  Carlyle: Hero as Poet
Unit 5: Twentieth Century Criticism
5.1  Eliot: The Metaphysical Poets
5.2  Leavis: Literary Criticism and Philosophy

Prescribed Books:
Blamires, Harry. A History of Literary Criticism. New Delhi: Macmillan India, 2001.
Ramaswami, S et al. Ed. The English Critical Tradition. Vols 1 & 2. New Delhi: Macmillan India, 2007.

Reference Books:
Abrams, M. H.  & Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Handbook of Literary Terms. New Delhi: Cleanage, 2009.
Das, B & J.M. Mohanty. Ed. Literary Criticism: A Reading.1985.New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2009.
Harland, Richard. Literary Theory from Plato to Barthes. London: Macmillan, 1999.

Course E – 102: The Structure of English
Course Code: SOE
1. To familiarize students with the key aspects of linguistic organization of English, viz., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
2.  To let them know that situational, contextual, social and cultural appropriateness is as important as grammatical correctness.

Course Content:
 Unit 1: The Phonology of English
             1.1: The physiology of speech
             1.2: Description and classification of vowels and consonants
             1.3: Phonemes and allophones
             1.4: Phonemes of British Received Pronunciation
             1.5: Word stress and stress in connected speech
             1.6: Weak forms, assimilation, elision
             1.7: The intonation of English

Unit 2: The Morphology of English
            2.1: The Structure of words: morphemes and allomorphs
                   2.1.1: Bound and free morphemes
                   2.1.2: Roots, stems and affixes
                   2.1.3: Inflectional and derivational morphemes
            2.2: Processes of word formation: affixation, compounding, conversion, etc.
Unit 3: The Grammar of English
            3.1: The elements of grammar
            3.2: The basic noun phrase
            3.3: The verb phrase
            3.4: The simple sentence
            3.5: Co-ordination and apposition
            3.6: Focus, theme and emphasis

Unit 4: Semantics: The Study of Linguistic Meaning
            4.1:  Theories of Meaning
                    4.1.1: The denotational theory of meaning
                    4.1.2: Mentalist theories of meaning
                    4.1.3: The sense theory of meaning
                    4.1.4: The use theory of meaning
            4.2: The difficulty of defining words (Frege’s Priniciple of Compositionality)
            4.3: Word meanings and the structure of the vocabulary
                    4.3.1: Synonymy, antonymy, hyponymy, etc.

Unit 5: Pragmatics: The Study of Language Use and Communication
              5.1: Pre-supposition and implicatures
              5.2: Turn-taking
              5.3: Adjacency pairs
              5.4: Speech situation and speech event
              5.5: Deixis
              5.6: Constatives and performatives
              5.7: Searle’s typology of speech-acts
              5.8: The observation and violation of co-operative and politeness principles

Prescribed Textbooks:
Akmajian, Adrian, et al. Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication, New Delhi: Prentice Hall, 2004.
Balasubramaniam, T. English Phonetics for Indian Students, New Delhi: Macmillan, 2001.
Quirk R, Greenbaum S., Leech G., and Svartvik J.  A University Grammar of English, London: Longman, 1973.

Suggested Reading:
Adams, V. An Introduction to Modern English word formation, London: Longman, 1973.
Crystal, David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995.
Crystal David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 2nd edn., Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997.
Fromkin, Victoria, et al. An Introduction to Language, 6th edn., Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1998.
Kreidler, Charles W. Introducing English Semantics. London: Routledge, 1998.
Krishnaswamy, et al. Modern Applied Linguistics, Madras: Macmillan, 1992.
Ladefoged, P. A Course in Phonetics, 3rd edn., New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Levinson, S. Pragmatics, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1983.
Trask, R. L. Language: The Basics, London and New York: Routledge, 1995.

Course E – 103: The Middle Ages to the Elizabethan Age
1066 to 1603


The objectives sought to be achieved by the course are to acquaint the students with the literature written in English during the period from the Norman Conquest to 1603. This is a period when we see the rise of major forms of literature such as narratives, lyric poetry - particularly the sonnet, the drama, and English prose including fiction. By studying representative texts students are expected to develop skills of literary criticism and an understanding of the relationship between the texts and their context.

Course Content:
Unit 1: The Cultural Context
             1.1: The Medieval                                                                                             
             1.2: The Renaissance and the Reformation                                                      

Unit 2: Narrative Poetry
            2.1: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight                                                                           
            2.2: Geoffrey Chaucer: The Nun’s Priest’s Tale                                               
            2.3: Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene Book 1                                         

Unit 3: Lyric poetry
            3.1: Sir Thomas Wyatt: Sonnet: ‘Farewell, Love’                                             
            3.2: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: ‘The Soot Season’                                    
            3.3: Christopher Marlowe: ‘The Passionate Shepherd to His Love’                 
3.4: Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophil and Stella: Sonnet No. 20, 72.                    
3.5: Edmund Spenser: Amoretti: Sonnet No. 3, 10.                                           
3.6: Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Nos. 18, 29, 55, 65, 73, 116.                
 Prescribed Text:
 Sukanta Chaudhuri (ed.) (1992), An Anthology of Elizabethan Poetry. Delhi: Oxford  
 University Press, 1992.

Unit 4: Drama:                                                                                                    
            4.1: Christopher Marlowe: Edward II                                                               
            4.2: William Shakespeare: As You Like It                                                        

Unit 5: Prose
            5.1: John Lyly: Euphues: The Triumph of Wyt                                                
            5.2: Richard Hakluyt: Extracts from Principall Navigations, Voiages,
                                                and Discoveries of the English Nation 
                                                [Selection to be prepared by the Department]                                                                               
             5.3. Sir Philip Sidney: Arcadia  Book I                                                           

Reading List (Essential Reading):

Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Trans.  Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2003.

Bradbrook, M. C. Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1980.

Briggs, Asa. A Social History of England. 3rd ed. London: Penguin, 1999.

Eagleton, Terry. How to Read a Poem. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.

Ford, Boris, ed. Medieval Literature: Chaucer and the Alliterative Tradition. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983. Vol. 1, Part I of The New Pelican Guide to English Literature.
Ford, Boris, ed. Medieval Literature: The European Inheritance. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983. Vol. 1, Part II of The New Pelican Guide to English Literature.

Kermode, Frank. The Age of Shakespeare. London: Phoenix: 2004.

Lever, J. W. The Elizabethan Love Sonnet. London: Longman, 1966.

Lewis, C. S. The Allegory of Love. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1936.

Salzman, Paul. An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction (Oxford World’s Classics). USA: Oxford UP, 1998.

Trevelyan, G. M. English Social History. London: Penguin, 1992.

Waller, Gary. English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century. 2nd ed. London: Longman, 1993.

Course: 104: The Seventeenth Century
Course Code: SC
To enable students to have a broad understanding of the cultural context of English Literature of the period and to acquaint them with the representative poetic voices, drama, and non-fictional prose writing through the study of selected texts.

Course Content:
Unit 1: The Cultural Context
1.1  Jacobean Age and Caroline Age
1.2  Commonwealth Period
1.3  The Restoration
Unit 2: Narrative Poetry
            2.1 Milton: Paradise Lost, Book IX
             2.2 Dryden:     Mac Flecknoe
Unit 3: Lyric Poetry
            3.1 Donne: Canonization, Exstasie, Batter My Heart
3.2 Herbert: Coller
Unit 4: Drama
            4.1 Ben Jonson: Volpone
             4.2. Wycherley: The Country Wife
Unit 5: Non-Fictional Prose
            5.1 Genesis ( AV)
            5.2 Bacon: Of Revenge
            5.3. Bunyan: “Temptation” (Grace Abounding)
            5.4. Thomas Spratt: “The Royal Society”
            5.5 Locke: “The State of Nature”

Recommended Reading:
Bennett Joan. Five Metaphysical Poets: Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Crashaw, Marvell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964.
Ford, Boris, ed. From Donne to Marvell. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982. Vol. 3 of The New Pelican Guide to English Literature.

Ford, Boris, ed. From Dryden to Johnson. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982. Vol. 4 of The New Pelican Guide to English Literature.
Helen Gardner, ed. The Metaphysical Poets. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972.
Jack, Ian Robert James. Augustan Satire: Invention and Idiom in English Poetry, 1660-1750. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.
Singh, Brijraj. Five Seventeenth Century Poets: Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Marvell, Vaughan. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1992.
Sutherland, James. English Satire. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1962.
Trevelyan, G. M. English Social History. London: Penguin, 1992.

Course E-105: The Eighteenth century
Course Code: EC
The units under the eighteenth century aim to develop the students’  knowledge in  identifying, defining and understanding issues and attitudes, concepts and developments important in eighteenth century texts along with their contexts (philosophic, cultural, religious and social).
Course Content:
Unit 1: The Cultural Context
             1.1 Enlightenment and reactions to it
Unit 2: Narrative Poetry
            2.1 Pope: The Rape of the Lock                          
            2.2   Johnson: “London”
Unit 3: Drama
         3.1   Sheridan: The School for Scandal
         3.2   Goldsmith:  She Stoops to Conquer
Unit 4: Novel
          4.1 Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
          4.2 Fielding: Tom Jones  

Unit 5: Prose
Selections from Addison, Steele and Wollstonecraft as in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. I

Recommended reading:
Dyson, A. E., ed. The English Novel. Oxford: OUP, 1974.
         Eagleton, Terry. The English Novel: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
        Roberts, J.M. The Penguin History of the World, London: Penguin, 2004.
        Sitter John E. The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry. Cambridge:
        Cambridge UP, 2001.
        Sutherland, James. English Satire. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1962.
        Trevelyan, G. M. English Social History. London: Penguin, 1992.
        Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel. London: Penguin, 1963.
        Weinbrot, Howard D.  Eighteenth Century Satire. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988.

Note: Supplementary Reading Lists [Author/Text Specific] for each course will be provided by the teachers concerned at the beginning of the semester.

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