Department of English, Jadavpur University

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English Literature 1900-2000 (PG2)

Course coordinator: Abhijit Gupta

Required reading
James Joyce, Ulysses [there is also our very own departmental Ulysses board game to play along]
Graham Greene, The Human Factor
 
Drama: Harold Pinter, Birthday PartyPoetry: WB Yeats, Last Poems; TS Eliot, Waste Land; selections from WH Auden; John Ashberry, ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’; Adrienne Rich, ‘Ghazals: Homage to Ghalib’

Prose:
Walter Benjamin, ‘The Flaneur’ and ‘The Story-teller’
Virginia Woolf, ‘Modern Fiction’ from The Common Reader 
Fredric Jameson, ‘from Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’

Background reading: see course blog http://bartlebyhumanity.blogspot.in/
Schedule (subject to change)
Classes take place four times a week, Mon-Thu, 1250 pm.
July
1.       1 2 3 4                                 Introduction
2.       8 9 10 11                             Eliot 4
3.       15 16 17 18                         Yeats 4
4.       22 23 24 25                         Yeats 2, Auden 2
5.       29 30 31 1                           Ulysses 4
Aug
6.       5 6 7 8                                 Ulysses 2, Benjamin 2
7.       12 13 14 15                         Test 1, Woolf 2
8.       19 20 21 22                         Ulysses 4
9.       26 27 28 29                         Ulysses 2, Benjamin 2
Sep
10.   2 3 4 5                                   Ashbery 4
11.   9 10 11 12                             Rich 2, Ulysses 2,
12.   16 17 18 19                           Ulysses 4
13.   23 24 25 26                           Pinter 4
Oct
14.  30, 1 2, 3                                Pinter 2, Reserve 1
15.   7, 8, 9, 10                              Test 1, Ulysses 2, Reserve 1
Vacations                             Oct 11-20
16.  21, 22, 23, 24                         Greene 4
17.  28, 29, 30, 31                         Greene 2, Jameson 2
Nov
18.   4, 5, 6, 7                                Test 3, Viva 3
Total classes                           70
Break-up:         Ulysses 20, Greene 6, Pinter 6, Yeats 6, Eliot 4, Auden 2, Benjamin 4, Ashbery 4, Jameson 2, Woolf 2, Rich 2, Intro 4, Tests 3, Viva 3, Reserve 2 

Evaluation      
Students will have the option of either appearing for two class tests, or writing a 5-10,000 word research paper. The papers will have to be presented in class. There are 10 slots open for the research paper. These slots will be assigned on a first-come basis till August 22.
In addition, there will be an evaluation unit in the form of blog posts on the course blog. The class will be divided into groups of four and each group, beginning with week one, will have to initiate a discussion on the course blog on the topics covered in that week. Such posts should be up on the blog before the Monday of the week following. All four members of the group will have to post individually.
The marks division of the evaluation will be as follows”
                        Option 1: 2 tests x 15 + 1 post x 10 = 40 (to be reduced to 20)
                        Option 2: 1 term paper x 30 + 1 post x 10 = 40 (to be reduced to 20)
The tests will take place on Aug 12 and Oct 7. There will be a re-test option on Nov 4, for those who have missed any one of the first two tests for legitimate reasons. All tests will be of 90 minutes’ duration. In order to sit any of the tests, an attendance of at least 50% in the preceding classes is mandatory. The same applies for those choosing to be evaluated by dissertation.
Plagiarism
This course has zero tolerance for plagiarism. Any blog post/answer/term-paper which is plagiarized in part or in full will be awarded a zero. If you have doubts about what constitutes plagiarism, please ask the course coordinator.

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