The purpose of the new BA Honours course in English, under the semester system, is to provide a thorough grounding in literature written in the English language, from the earliest period to the present day. The course is not confined to literature produced in the British Isles but will also take into account the global reach of the language and the diversity and range of all its literary manifestations, especially in the postcolonial world. One important feature of the course is its cross-disciplinary character. Students will be exposed to the interface of literature with other kinds of textuality in contemporary culture and society, and to the various possible applications of disciplinary skills.
The course strives to achieve a balance between compulsory—or ‘core’—components and specialised or ‘optional’ areas. While students will be expected to master the fundamentals of their discipline in the core courses, they may exercise individual preferences or seek to develop applied skills in the optional courses. The syllabi for the core courses is therefore relatively fixed and determined, while the optional courses are designed to allow more flexibility to both student and teacher. Specific reading lists will be supplied to students who opt for these courses well before the beginning of the semester.
1 At the BA level, students will have to take 12 ‘core’ or compulsory courses and six optional courses. .
2 Not all the courses listed below will be offered in any single academic year. The choice of courses will depend on the convenience of teachers and the interests of students, with the provision that all major areas are covered.
3 The department may devise new courses from time to time. These will be notified to the students through a decision of the Board of Studies and in consultation with the Faculty Council.
4 At the BA level, the students also have to opt for six ‘extra-departmental’ courses, spread over the first four semesters. The break-up of courses (core, optional and extra-departmental) will be as follows:
1 Students may please note that with one exception, the extra-departmental courses have to be chosen from courses offered by other departments in the Arts Faculty. The only exception is in the second semester, when the students for the English (Honours) degree will have to take the ‘Christian and Classical Background’ extra-departmental course offered by the Department of English.
2 At the BA level, the department will offer a total of six extra-departmental courses.
3 From time to time, the department will also offer certain optional courses (honours) to extra-departmental students. This will be done in consultation with other departments in the Arts Faculty.
1. English Literature 1760-1830 Eng/UG/1.1.4
2. English Literature 1830-1900 Eng/UG/1.1.5
3. Literature and the other Arts Eng/UG/1.2.9
4. Postcolonial English Literature Eng/UG/1.2.7
5. Rhetoric and Composition Eng/UG/1.2.10
6. History of Language, Old and Middle English Literature Eng/UG/2.1.1
7. English Literature 1560-1630 Eng/UG/2.1.2
Optional courses: any one from the list of optional courses
8. English Literature1630-1760 Eng/UG/2.2.3
Optional courses: any one from the list of optional course
9. English Literature 1900-2000 Eng/UG/3.1.
10. Detailed Study of a Shakespeare Play Eng/UG/3.1.11
Optional courses: any two from the list of optional course
11. Criticism Eng/UG/3.2.8
12. Indian Writing in English Eng/UG/3.2.12
Optional courses: any twofrom the list of optional course
- Old English Literature Eng/UG/O1
- Middle English Literature Eng/UG/O2
- Chaucer and Langland Eng/UG/O3
- Renaissance Drama Excluding Shakespeare Eng/UG/O4
- The Tempest and its Aftermath Eng/UG/O5
- Metaphysical Poetry Eng/UG/O6
- Shakespeare in the 20th Century Eng/UG/O7
- Introduction to the Renaissance Eng/UG/O8
- Literature of the English Revolution Eng/UG/09
- The Age of Enlightenment Eng/UG/O10
- The Romantic Novel Eng/UG/O11
- British Romantic Women Poets Eng/UG/O12
- Romanticism, Verbal and Visual Eng/UG/O13
- The Industrial Novel Eng/UG/O14
- Images of the Orient in Romantic Literature Eng/UG/O15
- Victorian Women Poets Eng/UG/O16
- The Fallen Woman and the 19th Century Novel Eng/UG/O17
- Poplar and Genre Fiction in the 19th Century Eng/UG/O18
- Edgar Allan Poe Eng/UG/O19
- Crossover: the uses of popular forms of fiction Eng/UG/O20
- Drama of Ideas in the 20th Century Eng/UG/O21
- American Poetry Eng/UG/O22
- Modernist Prose Eng/UG/O23
- Crime Fiction Eng/UG/O24
- Literature and Censorship Eng/UG/O25
- History, Literature and Criticism Eng/UG/O26
- Tragedy Eng/UG/O27
- Comedy Eng/UG/O28
- Drama in Practice Eng/UG/O29
- Global Cultures Eng/UG/O30
- Postcolonial Theory Eng/UG/O31
- The American Novel Eng/UG/O32
- The Novel and Modernity Eng/UG/O33
- African Writing in English Eng/UG/O34
- Settler Colony Literature Eng/UG/O35
- Contemporary Drama in English Eng/UG/O36
- Cultures of Protest Eng/UG/O37
- Writing in Practice Eng/UG/O38
- The Book as Object
- Life Histories
- Animal Stories
- Monsters in English Literature
1. History of Language, Old and Middle English Literature
- History of Language: the emergence of early modern prose
1. Origins of the English language and its place in the Indo-European literature
2. Early foreign influences on the vocabulary of English
3. Orthography and pronunciation
4. The triumph of the vernacular: Chaucer to Shakespeare, incl. Bible translations
- Old and middle english literature
History of Old and Middle English Literature from the beginnings to c.1500, looking at the key primary texts in translation.
K. Crossley-Holland, The Anglo-Saxon World
S.A.J. Bradley, Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Michael Swanton, Anglo-Saxon Prose
B. Stone, Medieval English Verse
Greenfield & Calder, A New Critical History of Old English Literature
Michael Swanton, English Literature before Chaucer
Barron, Medieval English Romance
C.L. Wrenn, The English Language
2. English Literature 1500-1630
Historical introduction to the Renaissance
1. Two plays by Shakespeare
2. One play by Marlowe
Selections from the poetry of Skelton, Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Elizabeth I, Wroth, Shakespeare, Donne
Selections from Bacon’s Essays, Sidney’s Arcadia and More’s Utopia
Douglas Bush, Prefaces to Renaissance Literature
Hardin Craig, The Enchanted Glass
A.L. Rowse, The Elizabethan Renaissance
David Norbrook, Politics and Poetry in Renaissance England
L.C. Knights, Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson
Frances Yates, Astraea
Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning
David Aers, Bob Hodge and Gunther Kress, eds, Literature, Language and Society in England, 1560-1680
Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World
3. English Literature 1630-1760
1) a. Background
History, politics and culture 1630-1760
One play by John Dryden/ William Congreve/ John Gay
C. Poetry (Selections from)
- Milton, Marvell
- Religious poetry: Vaughan, Crashaw and Traherne
- Phillips, Finch
- Satire: Pope, Rochester, Dryden, Johnson
Two novels by Aphra Behn/ Daniel Defoe/ Henry Fielding
Any one of the following components:
- Periodical essays
Jeremy Black, ed., An Illustrated History of Eighteenth Century Britain, 1688-1793
James Clifford, ed., Eighteenth Century English Literature: Modern Essays in Criticism
Bonamy Dobree, The Oxford History of English Literature Vol. 7
Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
Ian Jack, Augustan Satire: Intention and Idiom in English Poetry 1660-1750
Ronald Paulson, Satire and Novel in Eighteenth Century England
Pat Rogers, The Augustan Vision
James Sambrook, The Eighteenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1700-1789
Basil Willey, The Seventeenth Century Background: Studies in the Thought of the Age in Relation to Poetry and Religion
4. English Literature 1760-1830
1) a. Background
The historical context of the Romantic Movement
- Two novels by Mary Shelley / Jane Austen / Walter Scott / Peacock
C. Poetry (selections from)
Gray, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Robinson, Clare, Charlotte Smith
Extracts from Burke, Paine, Godwin, Lamb, Hazlitt, Wollstonecraft, De Quincey
Marilyn Butler, Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries
Boris Ford, ed., New Pelican Guide to English Literature, Vol. 5
E.J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolutions 1789-1848
Jerome McGann, The Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse
William St Clair, The Godwins and the Shelleys
5. English Literature 1830-1900
1) a. Background
The Victorian Age: literature, society, industry, empire
Three novels from among the works of Dickens, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Hardy, Carroll, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilde
C. Poetry (selections from)
- Robert Browning
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- Christina Rossetti
Extracts from Carlyle, Pater, Ruskin, Morris
G.M. Trevelyan, English Social History
Asa Briggs, A Social History of England
Arthur Pollard, ed., The Victorians
Robin Gilmour, The Victorian Period: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1830-1890s
G.M. Young, Victorian England: Portrait of an Age
J.H. Buckley, The Victorian Temper: A Study in Literary Culture
Gilbert & Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic
6. English Literature 1900-2000
Modernism and beyond
1. Two novels by Virginia Woolf / DH Lawrence / EM Forster / Conrad / Alice Walker/ Toni Morrison / Greene
2. Four short stories from Joyce, Angela Carter, Maugham, JG Ballard, Roald Dahl, Kipling
1. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
2. Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
D. Poetry (selections from)
Selections from the poetry of Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Plath, Langston Hughes, Auden, Owen
Selected essays by George Orwell, Marshall McLuhan, Susan Sontag, Germaine Greer, Russell
AJP Taylor, English History 1914-1945
Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory
Julian Symons, The Thirties
Angus Calder, The People’s War
Martin Esslin, Theatre of the Absurd
Bernard Bergonzi, Wartime and Aftermath: English Literature and its Background
Donald Davie, Under Briggflatts: A History of Poetry in Great Britain 1960-1988
Alan Sinfield, ed, Society and Literature 1945-1970
Gilbert & Gubar, No Man’s Land: Vol. 2: Sexchanges
—The Norton Anthology of Literature Vol. 2
7. Postcolonial English Literature
A. Background and themes
1. The scope of postcolonial studies
2. The historical background to postcolonial studies
3. Postcolonial literature and the reclaiming of history
4. Postcolonial writing and the politics of language
Two novels from among the works of Chinua Achebe / J M Coetzee / Patrick White / Buchi Emecheta
Selections from the prose writings (fictional and non-fictional) by Atia Hossain, VS Naipaul, Alex La Guma, Doris Lessing, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, CLR James, Wilson Harris, Peter Carey, Sara Suleri
One play by Wole Soyinka / Derek Walcott / Athol Fugard
Selections from the poetry of Derek Walcott, Louise Bennett, Andrew Salkey, Michael Ondaatje, Shirley Lim, Wole Soyinka, Gabriel Okara, Dennis Brutus, Sujata Bhatt
Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin, The Empire Writes Back
Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin, The Postcolonial Studies Reader
Eugene Benson and L. Conolly (eds.), Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English (2nd ed.)
B.M. Gilbert, Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Decolonising the Mind
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Meenakshi Mukherjee and Harish Trivedi (eds.), Interrogating Postcolonialism
1. Genres: Tragedy, Comedy, Novel, Lyric and Epic
2. Terms and concepts: Mimesis, Symbol, Imagination, Realism, Dialectic and Sign
3. Practical Criticism
A. Fowler, Kinds of Literature
Raymond Williams, Keywords
9. Literature and the Other Arts
3. Song lyrics
4. Comics and graphic novels
Philip Auslander, Livenss: Performance in a Mediatized Culture
Oscar Brockett, History of Theatre (9th edition)
David Carrier, The Aesthetics of Comics
Roger Sabin, Adult Comics: an Introduction
Patrice Pavis, Languages of the Stage
Eugene Vale, Techniques of Screenplay Writing
Ed Ward, Geoffrey Stokes, Ken Tucker, Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll
10. Rhetoric and Composition
This core course is designed to give students a sense of how to go about executing academic writing assignments. It will introduce them to the special needs of academic writing, to the rigours of logical argument and the need for extreme care in handling material gleaned from other authors and sources. It will show them how to use ideas with respect, to quote transparently and to document their researches using the main approved systems of documentation. They will also be taught the essentials of proofing and editing manuscripts.
The final module will cover the principles of prosody, scansion and rhetoric. In it students will be taught to scan poetic lines and to recognize the common English metres. They will also learn to identify examples of the common rhetorical figures.
The course will address the following areas:
- Academic writing: first principles
- ‘Criticism’ in an academic context
- Creating and arranging an academic argument
- Making intelligent use of reference matter
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Documentation: systems and conventions
- Basics of proofing and editing
- Prosody and scansion
Richard Lanham, A Handbook of Rhetorical Terms
Paul Fussell, Poetic Metre and Poetic Form
Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Theses, Term Papers and Essays
The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
11. Detailed study of a Shakespeare play
This course will take students through a close reading of a single Shakespeare play. It will introduce students to the nature of textual transmission, historical context, the Early Modern stage, and interpretative analysis. The choice of play in a particular semester will be specified at the beginning of the semester.
Peter Hyland, A New Introduction to Shakespeare
K. Muir and S. Schoenbaum, The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage
F. P. Wilson, Shakespeare and the New Bibliography
A further reading list will be provided for the specific play prescribed.
12. Indian Writing in English
This course will cover Indian writing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, written originally in English. Themes such as nation-building, the politics of language, and the rewriting of history will be examined. The development of the novel, the short story, drama and poetry will be traced from the colonial to the postcolonial period. The relevance of print media (especially the press), the publishing industry and popular culture to Indian literature will be explored. Contemporary writing in English is one of the thrust areas.
A. Prose: Selections from the nonfictional prose of Rammohun Roy, M.K. Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Cornelia Sorabji, Ambedkar, Nehru, Nirad Chaudhuri
Selections from the works of Henry Derozio, Michael Madhusudhan Dutt, Toru Dutt, Tagore, Dhangopal Mukherji, Sarojini Naidu
Five poets from the post-Independence period: Nissim Ezekiel, A.K. Ramanujan, Dom Moraes, Kamala Das, Keki Daruwalla, Jayanta Mahapatra, Arun Kolatkar, Agha Shahid Ali, Meena Alexander, Vikram Seth, Imtiaz Dharker
C. Drama: One play by Asif Currimbhoy or Girish Karnad
Three works from among those by Lal Behary Day, Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan, G.V. Desani, Kamala Markandeya, Anita Desai, Shashi Deshpande, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Chandra, Vilas Sarang
S.K. Das, A History of Indian Literature, Vols VIII & IX
K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, Indian Writing in English
R. Sethi, Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation
M. Mukherjee, Realism and Reality: The Novel and Society in India
Arvind Mehrotra, ed. An Illustrated History of Indian Writing in English
Note: Not all the courses listed below will be offered in any single academic year. The choice of courses will depend on the discretion of the department and the interest of students, with the provision that all major areas are covered.
1. Old English Literature Eng/UG/O1
A study of the language of the period up to 1100 as a prelude to close reading and translation of prose and verse texts.
2. Middle English Literature Eng/UG/O2
A study of selected prose and verse texts of the period 1100-1500, including linguistic and literary issues.
3. Chaucer and Langland Eng/UG/O3
The two major authors of the period will be studied through selections from their major work. Their separate uses of allegory, dream, Estates satire and pilgrimage will be studies comparatively.
4. Renaissance Drama Excluding Shakespeare Eng/UG/O4
Selected plays from the works of Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Jphn Fletcher, John Webster.
5. The Tempest and its Aftermath Eng/UG/O5
This course will look at Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as its colonial and postcolonial re-appropriations. It will begin with a careful reading of the play in its contemporary historical and dramatic contexts, placing it against the Bermuda pamphlets as well as within the politics of the Stuart court, and considering the play’s formal and genetic characteristics. It will then go on to examine the mythicization of the Prospero-Caliban relationship and other elements of the play over centuries of re-reading, involving not only interpretation but re-working.
6. Metaphysical Poetry Eng/UG/O6
A close study of selections from the religious and secular poetry of Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Traherne, Marvell and Crashaw.
7. Shakespeare in the 20th Century Eng/UG/O7
This course is designed to help students contextualise Shakespeare and tackle issues of “relevance”:
a. Twentieth Century reworkings, adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare—Stoppard, Bond etc.
b. Shakespeare on film
c. Twentieth Century performances of Shakespeare
d. Postcolonial Shakespeare—Shakespeare and “Us”
e. The Shakespeare industry
8. Introduction to the Renaissance Eng/UG/O8
This course will provide students with a foundation for the study of the complex cultural movement known as the Renaissance in Europe. It will give an account of historical and social changes as well as of humanist scholarship and pedagogy, and their contribution to the development of Renaissance art, culture and literature.
9. Literature of the English Revolution Eng/UG/O9
The course includes a study of the social and cultural backgrounds of the English Revolution; study of select prose pamphlets; the poetry of Milton and Marvell
10. The Age of Enlightenment Eng/UG/O10
This course will explore the intellectual movement called ‘Enlightenment’ which began in England in the 17th century and spread out to France and Germany in the 18th, by introducing students to selected texts from the domains of philosophy, political theory, economics, science and religion. It is designed to provide background readings to the study of literature, with a view to understanding what is Enlightenment and how it has increasingly come under criticism from the late 18th century to the present.
11. The Romantic Novel Eng/UG/O11
A reading of five novelists—Walpole, Mrs Radcliffe, Lewis, Scott and Jane Austen. The reading will examine their major thematic and stylistic characteristics, some of them already evident in the new poetry and drama of the time.
12. British Romantic Poets Eng/UG/O12
This course will draw attention to the large corpus of women’s poetry in the Romantic period—in particular the themes and concerns of this poetry as well as experiments with form.
13. Romanticism, Verbal and Visual Eng/UG/O13
This course is intended to help define Romanticism by presenting the poetry of this period together with an audio-visual presentation of the works of Blake, Constable, Turner and others.
14. The Industrial Novel Eng/UG/O14
A reading of three of the five major industrial novelists: Mrs Tonna, Mrs Gaskell, Disraeli, Dickens and Charles Kingsley. The reading will attempt to formulate the ways in which the generic boundaries of the novel are extended by the new subject matter and setting.
15. Images of the Orient in Romantic Literature Eng/UG/O15
This course is a selective reading of English prose, poetry and drama of the Romantic period with a view to studying the context and significance of certain images of the Orient recurring in these texts. It will help the students to assess how inadequately the concepts of an Oriental Renaissance or of Orientalism as ideology can be used to describe and explain a literary phenomenon which connected German idealism, revolutionary Romanticism and Orientalism as an academic practice.
16. Victorian Women Poets Eng/UG/O16
This course will focus on the female poetic voices of the Victorian period, an age largely dominated by the male poets. The question of the female writer’s role / position in society, the tension between the private domestic sentiments and the larger public concerns, the contemporary responses and modern critical re-assessments: these issues will frame a discussion of the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landon, among others.
17. The Fallen Woman and the 19th Century Novel Eng/UG/O17
The ‘fallen woman’ is a recurrent figure in the prose, poetry and art of the nineteenth century. This course seeks to trace the emergence of the ‘fallen woman’ from a marginal presence to a position of pivotal importance in 19th century English fiction. The novels selected for detailed study will be chosen from the works of Walter Scott, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and George Moore. Comparative references may also be made to the works of 19th century European novelists like Flaubert and Tolstoy.
18. Popular and Genre Fiction in the 19th Century Eng/UG/O18
This course will look at the following genres of popular fiction in the 19th century: the historical romance, children’s story, sensation story, science fiction, detective story and the adventure stories. Writers may include Bulwer-Lytton, Lewis Carroll, Mary Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Rider Haggard, HG Wells, RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and others.
19. Edgar Allan Poe Eng/UG/O19
This course will deal with the life and selected works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as with diverse critical approaches to his writings. Candidates opting for the course are expected to read at least one biographical study of Poe’s selected tales and poems, and several critical works representing the different schools of Poe criticism.
20. Crossover: the uses of popular forms of fiction Eng/UG/O20
Possible authors: Joseph Conrad (adventure/spy); sections of Ulysses; Graham Greene (Entertainments); John Fowles (The Collector, The French Lieutenant’s Woman); Doris Lessing / Murdoch (science fiction novels” The Good Terrorist/ The Black Prince); Truman Capote (In Cold Blood); Angela Carter (fairy tales); Ursula le Guin (science-fiction); Patricia Highsmith (the Ripley novels); Peter Carey (The True History of the Kelly Gang)
21. Drama of Ideas in the 20th Century Eng/UG/O21
This course will look at the development of ‘Drama of Ideas’ beginning with Ibsen and moving on to a detailed study of some of Shaw’s plays.
22. American Poetry Eng/UG/O22
This course seeks to introduce students to the social, historical, cultural and critical contexts of American poetry both in the 19th and 20th century. This background reading would enable students to better understand the close textual analysis of individual poems that would follow.
23. Modernist Prose Eng/UG/O23
This course will require a close study of selected shorter prose pieces, fictional or non-fictional, of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and DH Lawrence.
24. Crime Fiction Eng/UG/O24
Examples of early novels: Golden Age of Detective Fiction; American ‘hardboiled’ crime fiction; Police Procedure; Later Women Novelists; Spy fiction; early and post-Cold War; Domestic thriller. Secondary material: Julian Symons, Jerry Palmer, John Cawelti, Colin Watson, Stephen Knight.
25. Literature and Censorship Eng/UG/O25
This course will look at the ways in which various kinds of censorship have impacted writers and writing. The course will look at the history of censorship in general and several case studies in particular. Possible topics: Samizdat, Clandestine publishing, Exile publishing, Expurgation, The Holocaust, Index Librorum Prohibitorum, Libel, Pornography, Press Regulation; Stamp Acts. Possible case studies: Mark Twain, DH Lawrence, James Joyce, Salman Rushdie and others.
26. History, Literature and Criticism Eng/UG/O26
This course is intended to acquaint students with recent debates pertaining to the relationship of history, literary texts and critical theory. It will pay particular attention to theories of imitation and mediation, theories of ideology and world-views, and discussions of the relationship of text and event.
JP Sartre, What is Literature?
Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature
H. Aram Veeser, ed, New Historicism: A Reader
Claudio Guillen, Literature as System
Hayden White, Tropics of Discourse
27. Tragedy Eng/UG/O27
Through a historical survey of tragedy from Greek to modern times, this course presents the development of not only tragedy as a genre but also theatre as an art form across the world.
28. Comedy Eng/UG/O28
The course will concentrate on the main structures and themes of comic drama, beginning with the Old Greek Comedy and ending with modern comedy.
29. Drama in Practice Eng/UG/O29
The idea that plays must be studies with reference to their staging is the pedagogical aim of this course. The instructor will direct a production of a text involving students in both onstage and backstage activities. Evaluation comprises papers and/ or examinations on the selected play or author, as well as assessment of the students’ involvement and creative contribution to the project. Admission to this course will depend on auditions and tests conducted in the first week. Therefore, interested students must submit their resumes with relevant information to the instructor in advance.
30. Global Cultures Eng/UG/O30
An interdisciplinary course that enables the undergraduate student to read literary and other texts in the context of globalization of culture from the colonial period onwards. The lectures will be followed by discussions on relevant literary or audio / visual texts. Students will submit a project at the end of the semester. Lectures will primarily focus on issues such as:
Colonialism old and new: the history of globalisation
The colonial and global subtext of post-1600 English literature
Globalism, education and language
The impact of evolving global infrastructures: the print and electronic media
‘Westernisation’ and its contestation
31. Postcolonial Theory Eng/UG/O31
This course on postcolonial theory will highlight basic concepts of the theory, outline the essentials of postcolonial criticism and move on to postcolonial ‘transformations’ and postcolonial ‘futures’.
32. The American Novel Eng/UG/O32
This course will look at the contribution of some major 19th and 20th century American novelists like Hawthorne, Melville, James, Crane and Wright relating them to some of the major trends in the American novel.
33. The Novel and Modernity Eng/UG/O33
This course will look at the rise and development of the English novel as the main vehicle of a nascent modernity, connecting its formal characteristics and representational nature with its social, cultural and intellectual changes that accompany its emergence. It will attempt to link generic considerations with historical ones, reading the novel as a document of modernity from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
34. African Writing in English Eng/UG/O34
This course will cover the history and development of African literatures in English, looking at politics, culture and social transformations. Notable texts from the literatures of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, among others, will be covered.
35. Settler Colony Literature Eng/UG/O35
While the core course on postcolonial literature focuses Indian, Caribbean and African literature, this optional course introduces the student to the literature of settler / invader colonies, which reflects a continuity with European culture as well as characteristic themes and patterns of development. Lectures may cover the following areas: defining the nation, the history of settler/ invader colony literature, major themes in settler colony literature and representing the ‘native’.
36. Contemporary Drama in English Eng/UG/O36
Reading of post-Second World War plays from the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, West Indies, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.
37. Cultures of Protest Eng/UG/O37
The twentieth century has witnessed not only the globalisation of economies and cultures, but the globalisation of protest as well. This course examines the notion of cultural resistance, through a study of local and global movements in the last century and a survey of texts that respond to globalisation. A wide variety of ‘texts’ are explored, from treaties and agreements to posters, slogans, advertisement campaigns and literary/performance texts. Theories that have evolved out of protest culture, such as ecological criticism and eco-feminism will be studied to understand how cultures negotiate ‘development’. The course may occasionally involve fieldwork as well.
38. Writing in Practice Eng/UG/O38
This course is designed to give students the basic technical and stylistic skills necessary to write creative prose. It will use insights from critical theory but focus on the craft of writing and the art of evoking reader response. Students will develop their creativity through writing exercises and performance and become acquainted with the basics of writing professionally. They will be evaluated on the artistic quality, originality, and polish of their works. As endterm evaluation there will be four one-hour-long sessions of presentations open to the entire department in the final week of the course, and a final written examination.