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The purpose of the new MA course in English, under the semester system, is to offer the postgraduate student of English Literature both basic and specialised training at an advanced level. It is qualitatively different from the BA Honours course, in that is assumes that the student has already made a commitment to higher learning, and is training either for an academic career, or for one that will utilise expertise in area studies.


Students will be required to take eight compulsory or ‘core’ courses, and eight optional courses. The compulsory requirement will equip the student to carry out teaching, research and allied academic activities in the general field of English studies in India and abroad. The optional courses are intended to develop specific research or professional interests. They are classified under broad chronological or thematic heads for convenience of reference, but the student is free to choose any combination of options.


Course requirements

q       At the MA level, students will have to take eight ‘core or compulsory courses, and eight optional courses.

q       Optional courses are grouped under eight clusters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H (see below). Students are free to choose any combination of options.


Optional courses

q       Not all the optional courses listed below will be offered in any one year. The choice of options will depend on the availability of teachers and the interest shown by students.

q       The department may devise new optional courses from time to time. These will be notified to the students through a decision of the Board of Studies, approved by the Faculty Council and the Executive Council, Jadavpur University.

q       Specific reading lists for the optional courses will be supplied to students who opt for those courses well before the beginning of the semester. Course materials, as and when necessary, may also be supplied in the form of a booklet.















Semester 1                                                                                               Course Number

1. Medieval and Renaissance English Literature                                                 Eng/PG/1.1.1

2. English Literature 1830-1900                                                                        Eng/PG/1.1.5



Semester 2

3. English Literature 1630-1760                                                                        Eng/PG/1.2.3

4. English Literature 1760-1830                                                                        Eng/PG/1.2.4


Semester 3

5. English Literature 1900-2000                                                                        Eng/PG/2.1.6

6. Literary Theory and Cultural Studies                                                             Eng/PG/2.1.8


Semester 4

7. Renaissance Drama                                                                                      Eng/PG/2.2.2

8. Postcolonial English Literature                                                                       Eng/PG/2.2.7



Cluster A: Medieval and Renaissance English Literature

  1. Old English Poetry and Prose                                                                      Eng/PG/A1
  2. Old English Grammar                                                                                  Eng/PG/A2
  3. Early Middle English Literature                                                                    Eng/PG/A3
  4. The Pilgrimage in Medieval Literature                                                          Eng/PG/A4
  5. Medieval Drama                                                                                         Eng/PG/A5
  6. Dream in Medieval Literature                                                                      Eng/PG/A6
  7. Arthurian Romance                                                                                     Eng/PG/A7
  8. Chaucer                                                                                                     Eng/PG/A8
  9. Petrarch and the Renaissance                                                                      Eng/PG/A9
  10. Humanism                                                                                                  Eng/PG/A10
  11. Renaissance Epic                                                                                        Eng/PG/A11
  12. Renaissance Art                                                                                          Eng/PG/A12
  13. The Protestant Reformation                                                                         Eng/PG/A13
  14. Renaissance Political Thought                                                                      Eng/PG/A14
  15. Renaissance Drama Excluding Shakespeare                                                Eng/PG/A15
  16. Shakespeare                                                                                               Eng/PG/A16
  17. Donne                                                                                                        Eng/PG/A17
  18. Revenge Tragedy                                                                                        Eng/PG/A18
  19. Science, Poetry and Politics in the Renaissance                                            Eng/PG/A19
  20. Women and the Renaissance                                                                       Eng/PG/A20



Cluster B: English Literature 1630-1760

  1. Society and Literature during the English Civil War                                      Eng/PG/B1
  2. Milton: Prose and Poetry                                                                            Eng/PG/B2
  3. Enlightenment and the Culture of Reason                                                     Eng/PG/B3
  4. The Beginnings of the Novel                                                                        Eng/PG/B4
  5. Poetry, Politics, and Society, 1660-1760                                                    Eng/PG/B5
  6. Drama: Heroic, Comic and Sentimental                                                       Eng/PG/B6


Cluster C: English Literature 1760-1830

  1. Literature and the French Revolution                                                           Eng/PG/C1
  2. Romanticism and the Culture of Dissent                                                       Eng/PG/C2
  3. Shelley                                                                                                       Eng/PG/C3
  4. Keats                                                                                                         Eng/PG/C4
  5. Romantic Geographies                                                                                Eng/PG/C5
  6. The Historical Novel                                                                                   Eng/PG/C6
  7. Sensibility, Travel and the Gothic                                                                 Eng/PG/C7



Cluster D: English Literature 1830-1900

  1. Victorian Literature and Empire                                                                   Eng/PG/D1
  2. Mystery and Detection in the Victorian Novel                                              Eng/PG/D2
  3. New Woman Novels                                                                                  Eng/PG/D3
  4. Thomas Hardy                                                                                            Eng/PG/D4
  5. Darwin and the Victorian Novel                                                                  Eng/PG/D5
  6. Science and Victorian Poetry                                                                      Eng/PG/D6
  7. George Eliot                                                                                               Eng/PG/D7
  8. Nineteenth Century Women Novelists                                                         Eng/PG/D8


Cluster E: Literature in the Twentieth Century

  1. Graham Greene                                                                                          Eng/PG/E1
  2. Modern Theatre                                                                                         Eng/PG/E2
  3. British Fiction Between the Wars                                                                Eng/PG/E3
  4. Modern European Fiction                                                                           Eng/PG/E4
  5. Modernism and Poetry                                                                               Eng/PG/E5
  6. Postmodern Fictions                                                                                   Eng/PG/E6


Cluster F: Postcolonial and American Literature

  1. 48.  Indian Writing in English                                                                         Eng/PG/F1
  2. Subaltern Studies                                                                                        Eng/PG/F2
  3. American Literature in the Nineteenth Century                                             Eng/PG/F3
  4. American Literature in the Twentieth Century                                              Eng/PG/F4
  5. Ethnic-American Literature                                                                         Eng/PG/F5
  6. African Writing in English                                                                            Eng/PG/F6
  7. Caribbean Writing in English                                                                       Eng/PG/F7
  8. Diaspora Studies                                                                                        Eng/PG/F8
  9. Canadian Literature                                                                                    Eng/PG/F9
  10. The Literature of New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific                     Eng/PG/F10
  11. Shakespeare and Empire                                                                            Eng/PG/F11


Cluster G: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

  1. Textual Criticism                                                                                         Eng/PG/G1
  2. Many Feminisms                                                                                         Eng/PG/G2
  3. Foucault                                                                                                     Eng/PG/G3
  4. Literature and Psychoanalysis                                                                      Eng/PG/G4
  5. Greek Literary and Aesthetic Thought                                                         Eng/PG/G5
  6. Romantic Critical Thought                                                                           Eng/PG/G6
  7. Realism                                                                                                      Eng/PG/G7
  8. Structure, Sign and Play                                                                              Eng/PG/G8
  9. Image and Text                                                                                           Eng/PG/G9
  10. A Change of Mind: Literature and the Human Brain                                     Eng/PG/G10
  11. The Dream in Literature                                                                              Eng/PG/G11


Cluster H: Special Areas

  1. Women, Writing, Madness                                                                         Eng/PG/H1
  2. History of the Book                                                                                    Eng/PG/H2
  3. Shakespeare in Performance                                                                       Eng/PG/H3
  4. Literature and the Visual Arts                                                                      Eng/PG/H4
  5. Popular Literature                                                                                       Eng/PG/H5
  6. Translation: A Case Study of Tagore                                                           Eng/PG/H6
  7. Literature and Gender                                                                                 Eng/PG/H7
  8. Queer Studies                                                                                             Eng/PG/H8
  9. Utopian Literature                                                                                       Eng/PG/H9
  10. The Literature of Espionage                                                                        Eng/PG/H10
  11. Writing Leisure                                                                                           Eng/PG/H11
  12. Learning English? A Study of Text Books in English                                     Eng/PG/H12
  13. Literature and Film                                                                                      Eng/PG/H13
  14. Performative Play: The Literature and Culture of Sport                                Eng/PG/H14
  15. The Theban Plays of Sophocles                                                                  Eng/PG/H15
  16. Classical Tragedy                                                                                       Eng/PG/H16
  17. Classical Comedy                                                                                       Eng/PG/H17
  18. Drama in Practice                                                                                       Eng/PG/H18
  19. Special Author                                                                                            Eng/PG/H19
  20. Children’s Literature                                                                                    Eng/PG/H20
  21. Science Fiction                                                                                           Eng/PG/H21
  22. Linguistics                                                                                                   Eng/PG/H22
  23. Language and Thought                                                                                Eng/PG/H23
  24. Death in Western Civilization                                                                       Eng/PG/H24
  25. Literature and Medicine                                                                              Eng/PG/H25
  26. Writing in Practice                                                                                      Eng/PG/H26






1. Medieval and Renaissance English Literature                                        Eng/PG/1.1.1

The purpose of this course will be to ground the students’ understanding of Medieval and Renaissance English literature in the study of specific texts. However, some basic conceptual and historical orientation will also be given in the introductory and valedictory hours.


Course structure:

1. Medieval and Renaissance: the historical and conceptual framework.

2. Two or three tales from The Canterbury Tales or other equivalent material from Chaucer.

3. Two or three passus from Piers Plowman.

4. The Faerie Queen: any one book.

5. A selection of Renaissance English poetry, from the Elizabethan lyric; mythological poetry; Shakespeare’s sonnets; Metaphysical poetry and other early seventeenth century pieces down to the Cavalier poets, bringing out affinities and continuities obscured by the present canonical categories.

6. A selection of Renaissance English prose.


Recommended reading and works of reference:

(a) Selected primary texts from relevant sections of The Oxford Anthology of English Literature and/or The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Portable Renaissance Reader, ed. E. Cassirer, P.O. Kristeller and J.H. Randall, Penguin Viking 1953, The Renaissance Philosophy of Man, Chicago, 1948.


(b) Works on the age and background:

C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image, Cambridge, 1964

Marc Bloch, Feudal Society (English translation, London 1961)

Jacques le Goff, Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages, Chicago, 1980

Eileen Power, Medieval Women, Cambridge, 1975

Hardin Craig, The Enchanted Glass, New York, 1936

Paul O. Kristeller, Renaissance Thought and Its Sources, New York, 1979

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

William Kerrigan and Gordon Braden, The Idea of the Renaissance, Baltimore, 1989

J.B. Trapp (ed.) Background to the English Renaissance, London 1974

Douglas Bush, Mythology and the Renaissance Tradition in English Poetry, New York, 1963

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms, Baltimore, 1992

Gilbert Highet, The Classical Tradition, Oxford, 1949, relevant sections

Robert Ashton, Reformation and Revolution, 1558-1660, London 1984,

Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World, Oxford 1997, 2nd edn.

Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, Chicago 1980,

Margaret L. King, Women in the Renaissance, Chicago 1991



2. Renaissance Drama                                                                                  Eng/PG/2.2.2

1. Three plays from among the work of the following dramatists: Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Middleton, Marston.

2. Four plays of Shakespeare, taking one each from any four of these five groups:

a) Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

b) King Lear, Hamlet

c) Measure for Measure

d) Richard III, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2

e) Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra

Note: All the above options need not be taught.


Recommended reading and works of reference:

Revels History of English Drama: relevant volumes

E.K. Chambers, William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems, London 1930

Jean Wilson, The Archaeology of Shakespeare, Stroud, 1995

E.K. Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage, Oxford 1923

G.E. Bentley, The Jacobean and Caroline Stage, Oxford 1941-68

Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, (eds), William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion, Oxford 1987

O.J. Campbell and E.G. Quinn, (eds.) A Shakespeare Encyclopaedia (also published as Reader’s Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare) London/New York 1966

Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World, Oxford 1997, 2nd edn.



3. English Literature 1630-1760                                                                    Eng/PG/1.2.3

A. Poetry

Selected texts from Vaughan, Marvell, Milton, Dryden and Pope


B. Fiction

Two novels by Behn, Fielding and Sterne


C. Allegory and Satire

One text each by Bunyan and Swift


D Non-Fictional Prose

Selections from biography/autobiography, travel literature, religious, scientific and philosophical prose.


E. Drama

Two plays from Milton, Dryden, Congreve and Wycherley


Recommended reading:

Basil Willey, The Seventeenth Century Background; The Eighteenth Century Background

Christopher Hill, Milton and the English Revolution

Raymond Williams, The Country and the City

W. J. Bate, The Burden of the Past and the English Poet

Anthony Low, The Georgic Revolution

L.J. Bredvold, The Intellectual Milieu of John Dryden

E.J. Waith, Ideas of Greatness; The Herculean Hero

Maynard Mack, The Garden and the City

John Dixon Hunt, The Figure in the Landscape

Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel

Paul Fussell, The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism

Revels History of English Drama, relevant volumes



4. English Literature 1760-1830                                                                    Eng/PG/1.2.4


1. Wordsworth – The Prelude

2. Romantic Narrative Poetry – selections from the following poets:

William Blake,

Percy Bysshe Shelley,

George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron,

John Keats.

3. Shorter poems selected from the following poets:

Oliver Goldsmith,

William Cowper,

George Crabbe,

Robert Burns

S.T. Coleridge

John Keats

William Jones

John Clare

Robert Southey

Felicia Hemans

Mary Robinson


4. Fiction

To be selected from the works of the following:

Lawrence Sterne

Horace Walpole

Anne Radcliffe

M.G. Lewis

Jane Austen

Walter Scott

Thomas Love Peacock

Mary Shelley


5. Non-fiction Prose

A selection fromt eh writings of William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, James Boswell, Thomas De Quincey, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft.


Recommended reading:

M.H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (1953)

Cynthia Chase, Romanticism (1993)

Stuart Curran, The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (1993)

Duncan Wu, Romanticism: A Critical Reader (1995)


The following anthologies may be consulted although selection of pieces may be from other sources:

Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, Romantic Poetry and Prose (1973)

Jerome J. McGann, The New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse (1993)

Duncan Wu, Romanticism: An Anthology (1994)

Duncan Wu, Romantic Women Poets: An Anthology (1994)



5. English Literature 1830-1900                                                                    Eng/PG/1.1.5

A. Fiction

1. One novel by Dickens

2. One novel by George Eliot

3. One novel by W.M. Thackeray / Wilkie Collins / George Gissing / Samuel Butler / Thomas Hardy / Nathaniel Hawthorne / Herman Melville


B. Poetry

Selections from the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Brownings, Matthew Arnold, the Rosettis, Charlotte Mew, William Morris, George Meredith


C. Prose

Selections from the porse of Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Henry Mayhew, William Morris, John Ruskin


Recommended reading:

Friedrich Engels, The Working Class in Manchester 1884.

Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

G.M. Young, Victorian England: Portrait of an Age

E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

E.H. Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire

T.B. Macaulay, Minute on Education in India 1835

Charles Darwin, Origin of Species



6. English Literature 1900-2000                                                                    Eng/PG/2.1.6

A. Fiction

1. One novel by Joseph Conrad

2. One Novel by James Joyce

3. One novel by Graham Greene / William Faulkner / John Fowles / Ralph Ellison


B. Drama

1. One play by George Bernard Shaw

2. One play by Harold Pinter / Tom Stoppard / Edward Bond / Edward Albee


C. Poetry

Selections from the poetry of T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Langston Hughes, Seamus Heaney


D. Non-fictional Prose

Selections from the work of English and American writers


Recommended reading:

Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness

Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That

Albert Einstein, The World As I See It

Virginia Woolf, ‘Modern Fiction’ in The Common Reader

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House and Ghosts

Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

Samuel Hynes, The Auden Generation

Stephen Spender, The Struggle of the Moderns

Ellman and Feidelson (eds) The Modern Tradition: Backgrounds of Modern Literature

Ellman and Butler, The Modern Tradition

Leon Edel, The Psychological Novel

Malcolm Bradbury and James McFarlane (eds) Modernism

Robert Humphrey, Stream of Consciousness and the Modern Novel

Edmund Wilson, Axel’s Castle



7. Postcolonial English Literature                                                                 Eng/PG/2.2.7

A. Themes, Issues, Backgrounds

This section will cover readings of history and basic essays on the issues related to it, such as Gandhi, Nehru, Fanon, Ngugi, Selections from the Postcolonial Reader (ed. Ashcroft, Griffth, Tiffin)


B. Early Works

From novels by Raja Rao, Jean Rhys, Alan Paton


C. Constructing the Nation

From novels and/or plays by Ngugi wa Thiongo, Wole Soyinka, George Lamming, Salman Rushdie


D. Literature from Settler Colonies

Selections of poems and novels by Patrick White, Margaret Atwood, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and selections from ‘native’ writers.


E. Diaspora

Novels by V.S. Naipaul, Amy Tan, Hanif Kureishi, Michael Ondaatje


F. Beyond the Nation

The work of Ama Ata Aidoo, Amitav Ghosh, selection of short stories and poems from Postcolonial Literatures in English ed. John Thieme


Suggested reading:

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

K.W. Appiah, In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture

Homi Bhaba, ed. Nation and Narration

W. Harris, Tradition, The Writer and Society

G. Lamming, The Pleasures of Exile

Meenakshi Mukherjee, The Twice-Born Fiction: Themes and Techniques of the Indian Novel in English

Edward Said, Orientalism

Wole Soyinka, Myth, Literature and the African World



8. Literary Theory and Cultural Studies                                                       Eng/PG/2.1.8


The Nature of Literary Theory

Classical Literary Theory and the notion of mimesis. Poetry as false knowledge: Plato

Classical Literary Theory and the notions of structure and form. The ends of poetry: Aristotle.

Renaissance Neoclassicism and the issues of pleasure and profit. History, philosophy and poetry: Castelvetro and Sidney.

The Consolidation of Neoclassicism: nature, judgement and decorum in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: Dryden, Boileau and Johnson

German aesthetic theory. Poetry and the other arts: Lessing. The poet and the world: Schiller.

Varieties of English Romanticism. Imagination and feeling: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley

Reactions to Romantic egoism: Arnold, Eliot, Richards. ‘Romantic’ literary history: Bloom.

Fictional representation: constituting and dissolving selves: James, Woolf.

Fictional representation: History, society, dialogue: Lukacs, Bakhtin

Linguistics and structuralism: Saussure, Jakobson, Barthes

Dissolving subjects: Derrida, Lacan

Interrogating discourses: Foucault, Said, feminist theories


Recommended reading:

The Cambridge History of Criticism, relevant volumes

D.A. Russell and M. Winterbottom, eds, Ancient Literary Criticism

A.H. Gilbert, ed. Literary Criticism: Plato to Dryden

David Simpson, ed., The Origins of Modern Critical Thought

K. Wheeler, D. Simpson, H. Nisbet, eds, German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism 3 vols.

Rene Wellek, A History of Modern Criticism

Hazard Adams and Leroy Searle, eds, Critical Theory Since 1965

David Lodge, ed., Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader




Note: Not all of these courses will be offered in any given semester. The choice of courses to be offered will depend on the convenience of teachers and the interest shown by students, with the provision that all major areas must be covered.


Cluster A: Medieval and Renaissance English Literature

  1. 1.      Old English Poetry and Prose                                                                 Eng/PG/A1

Close reading of selected texts from Sweet’s Anglo-Saxon Reader, revised by D. Whitelock, and other selections. Also, a study of the general literary and social background of the period. Basic elements of the language too will be considered.


  1. 2.      Old English Grammar                                                                              Eng/PG/A2

A study of the major points of OE phonology, accidence, vocabulary, syntax and dialectology.


  1. 3.      Early Middle English Literature                                                             Eng/PG/A3

Close reading of selected prose and verse texts of the period c.1100-c.1350, and the literary and social background. Also, the language of the various selected texts.


  1. 4.      The Pilgrimage in Medieval Literature                                                  Eng/PG/A4

This course will examine the centrality of the pilgrimage in Medieval life and literature. It will look first at the idea of the pilgrimage in the Old Testament and especially the New Testament Emmaus pilgrimage. One would read Deguileville, Lydgate, Boccaccio etc in translation where necessary and the works of Chaucer and Langland looking at least as far forward as Bunyan if not to the present day.


  1. 5.      Medieval Drama                                                                                      Eng/PG/A5

This course will introduce students to the rise of drama in medieval Europe. It will cover selected English Mystery and Miracle Plays as well as European cognates.


  1. 6.      Dream in Medieval Literature                                                                Eng/PG/A6

On this course students will be expected to study prototypes of the dream from Classical and Biblical sources, medieval ones like the Roman de la Rose, others from hagiographical texts. From here they will move to medieval dream poems in English where the dream frames narrative poems and also examine dreams mentioned or described in the course of the narrative poems.


  1. 7.      Arthurian Romance                                                                                 Eng/PG/A7

The Arthurian legends; French and British traditions; the rise of romance; reading of  one text from Malory, one from Chretien de Troyes, Gawain and the Green Knight, The Quest of the Holy Grail.


  1. 8.      Chaucer                                                                                                    Eng/PG/A8

This course will offer students the opportunity to specialise in the work of Chaucer, focussing on historical and social background, language, poetic forms and a close study of selected texts.


  1. 9.      Petrarch and the Renaissance                                                                Eng/PG/A9

This course will examine the poetry and literary influences of Petrarch, whose work inaugurates in many important ways the cultural and historical movement known as the Renaissance. It will include close examination of texts while also considering the history of ideas, forms and motifs.


  1. 10.  Humanism                                                                                                Eng/PG/A10

This course will attempt to define the contours of the complex and wide-ranging European pedagogic and cultural enterprise known as Humanism. It will begin by looking at the thought and influence of the earliest European humanists, professional scholars and teachers located mainly in Italy, and then consider the spread of the movement all over Europe, especially through the influence of figures such as Erasmus. The association of this pedagogic enterprise with philosophical, cultural and literary achievements, as well as its social and intellectual prestige, will be examined.


  1. 11.  Renaissance Epic                                                                                     Eng/PG/A11

This course will examine the mixed form of Renaissance epic, focussing on exemplary instances of chivalric or romantic epic such as those written by Ariosto, Tasso and Spenser. It will also take into account other Renaissance endeavours int eh epic form, such as those by Ronsard, Vida or Du Bartas, looking ahead to the summit of Renaissance epic composition as achieved in the poetry of Milton. It will relate texts not only to contemporary history and culture, but also to Renaissance theories of heroic and epic poetry, such as that provided by Tasso’s Discourses on the Heroic Poem.


  1. 12.  Renaissance Art                                                                                      Eng/PG/A12

This course will introduce students to the major achievements of Renaissance art and artists. While taking students through a history of the development of styles of modes of representation as well as technical innovations, it may also consider art theory, iconography, analogies between the visual and the verbal, and the larger contexts of society, culture, patronage and the market.


  1. 13.  The Protestant Reformation                                                                   Eng/PG/A13

Course components: Reform and reformation: late medieval religion; humanism and the reformation; study of major ideas of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Arminius; the radical reformation; literature and reformation thought. Suggested reading: selections from major Reformation texts in H.J. Hillerbrand, The Protestant Reformation.


  1. 14.  Renaissance Political Thought                                                                Eng/PG/A14

Course components: Overview of classical and medieval political theory; early humanism; the vir virtutis; Machiavelli, fortune and virtue; the state of nature and the social contract; Protestant and reformed political theory. Suggested background reading: The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, 2 vols; J.G.A. Pollock, The Machiavellian Moment.


  1. 15.  Renaissance Drama Excluding Shakespeare                                        Eng/PG/A15

Any two plays from each of groups A and B and one play from group C shall be offered to each batch, making a total of five plays:

Group A

Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (Versions: A & B)

John Webster, The White Devil

John Ford, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore


Group B

John Lyly, Endymion or Campaspe

Ben Jonson, Epicene or Volpone

Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Roaring Girl

Thomas Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside


Group C

John Fletcher, The Wild Goose Chase or Philander

Ben Jonson, Oberon: The Faery Prince, The Golden Age Restored, Love’s Triumph Through Callipolis

A knowledge of practices in the playhouse and printing-house of the time, and an acquaintance with the history of the early modern English theatre would be expected. Recommended for reference: A.R. Braunmuller and Michael Hattaway, eds, The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)


  1. 16.  Shakespeare                                                                                            Eng/PG/A16

a) Shakespeare’s life and professional career

b) Shakespeare’s texts, canon and chronology

c) Shakespeare’s theatre: architecture, audience, patronage, regulation

d) Shakespeare scholarship and criticism (select study of editions, schools, etc)

e) Shakespeare in India: curriculum, performance, translation (historical study of select instances)


  1. 17.  Donne                                                                                                       Eng/PG/A17

This will be a specialized course on the poetry and prose writings of John Donne, examining his career, his secular and religious writings, and his place in the culture of late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England. Students will be expected to read most of Donne’s major work in its social and historical context.


  1. 18.  Revenge Tragedy                                                                                    Eng/PG/A18

This course will treat the development of the Revenge genre, from its classical beginnings (Oresteia, Seneca’s Thyestes etc) to its specific manifestations in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. It will involve a close study of dramatists like Kyd (The Spanish Tragedy) Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus and Hamlet), Tourneur (The Revenger’s Tragedy), Webster (The White Devil and Duchess of Malfi) Ford (The Broken Heart) focussing on themes of family, kinship. honour codes, feudalism, Christianity, notions of masculinity etc.


  1. 19.  Science, Poetry and Politics in the Renaissance                                    Eng/PG/A19

This option will focus on the advancements in astronomy, medicine and other sciences in the Renaissance as well as some of the pseudo-sciences allied with these fields. The course will draw attention to the debates that arose as a result, and at the way in which this entire intellectual ferment is reflected in the poetry of Milton, Marvell, Donne and others.


  1. 20.  Women and the Renaissance                                                                  Eng/PG/A20

The course will examine the following issues:

a) Did women have a renaissance? Examining Joan Kelly’s question through a study of the debates about women in the different discourses of politics, religion, education, marriage and family, medicine etc.

b) Representations of women in men’s literature/ feminist rereadings of drama, romances, masques, lyrics and satire. This section will introduce students to the vast body of feminist readings of Renaissance texts.

c) Women in the Visual Arts: representations of women’s bodies, the iconography of Queen Elizabeth etc.

d) Women’s writings: a study of women authors like Mary Sidney, Queen Elizabeth, Isabella Whitney, Aemilia Lanyer, Elizabeth Carey, Mary Wroth and others. This section will also examine how certain genres were appropriated and feminized by women.



Cluster B: English Literature 1630-1760

  1. 21.  Society and Literature during the English Civil War                             Eng/PG/B1

The course will study the relations between society and culture of the English Civil War period. Apart from components on social and economic history, the course of study will include historical and philosophical texts; various kinds of Presbyterian, Independent and sectarian writing; poetry and autobiography.

Background reading:

C. Russell, ed., The Origins of the English Civil War (1973)

C. Hill, The World Turned Upside Down (1972)

H. Brailsford, The Levellers and the English Revolution (1961)

A.L. Morton, The World of the Ranters (1970)

Nigel Smith, Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion 1640-1660 (1989)


  1. 22.  Milton: Prose and Poetry                                                                        Eng/PG/B2

Course components: Life and education; Civil War, Regicide and Protectorate; the Restoration; study of selected texts.

Suggested texts:

Nativity Ode, Comus, Lycidas, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Of Reformation, Areopagitica, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Ready and Easy Way


  1. 23.  Enlightenment and the Culture of Reason                                             Eng/PG/B3

This course will take stock of the movement known as the European Enlightenment, tracing its beginnings in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, its links with the spirit of rational enquiry and philosophical empiricism fostered by the Royal Society and John Locke, and its pan-European spread through the thought of the eighteenth century philosophes. Attention will be focussed on representative English writers, such as Jonathan Swift, and reference made to the larger context of European thought.


  1. 24.  The Beginnings of the Novel                                                                   Eng/PG/B4

This course will focus on the rise and development of the novel in English, and its emergence as the vehicle of a new representational impulse in the early eighteenth century and thereafter. Beginning with examples of Elizabethan prose fiction, the course will require students to read representative texts from Defoe to Sterne, and to relate them to social and historical contexts.


  1. 25.  Poetry, Politics, and Society, 1660-1760                                                 Eng/PG/B5

The hundred years from 1660 to 1760 constitute a great age of public poetry, a poetry directly and vividly informed by social and political concerns. This course will examine the contexts within which this poetic discourse was shaped, the formal choices (such as the choice of genres) that resulted. The course includes and selective reading of English poetry produced in the age of Enlightenment with a view to analysing how far the political and social concerns of the English poets are representative of the trends of the Enlightenment, and to what extent they are fraught with the tensions inevitable to a process of transition from the domination of aristocratic culture to bourgeois hegemony.


  1. 26.  Drama: Heroic, Comic and Sentimental                                                 Eng/PG/B6

The reopening of the theatres in England at the close of the Interregnum led to a great resurgence in drama. This course will study the variety of new dramatic forms in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, focussing especially on the heroic play, the comedy of manners, and the sentimental drama (both comic and tragic) which took precedence at the turn of the century and thereafter.



Cluster C: English Literature 1760-1830

  1. 27.  Literature and the French Revolution                                                    Eng/PG/C1

The years immediately preceding and succeeding the French Revolution produced a body of works with responded to the spirit of the Revolution in a variety of ways. This course will survey a sample of such works, on both sides of the English Channel. Possible authors: Tom Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Beaumarchais, the Marquis de Sade, Andre Chenier, Edmund Burke, the early Romantics, William Godwin.


  1. 28.   Romanticism and the Culture of Dissent                                               Eng/PG/C2

Recent work by New Historicist critics throws fresh light on many familiar poems by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats and others. This course will direct attention to the existence of a number of dissenting groups, specially in London, and the close connection between them and mafor4 poets of the Romantic period as a way of encouraging a fresh look at the poetry of the time.


  1. 29.   Shelley                                                                                                     Eng/PG/C3

This course will require a sustained and specialised study of the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, placing him in the contexts of history and politics. Shelley’s revolutionary thought, the political impetus he sought to give to his lyrical gift, and his dramatic experiments, will all be considered in relation to the central corpus of his poetry.


  1. 30.   Keats                                                                                                       Eng/PG/C4

This course focuses on Keats’s poems and letters, as well as letters written by others to Keats. The course looks at the phenomenon of ‘Cockney’ romanticism, and tries to locate Keats in his time.


  1. 31.  Romantic Geographies                                                                            Eng/PG/C5

This course looks at the importance of the Lake District and the interactions taking place there, as well as the politics of walking in the period.


  1. 32.   The Historical Novel                                                                              Eng/PG/C6

Starting with Walter Scott and the rise of the historical novel at the beginning of the nineteenth century, this course intends to trace the development of the form looking forward to George Eliot’s Romola.


  1. 33.  Sensibility, Travel and the Gothic                                                           Eng/PG/C7

This course will deal with the new forms of writing that emerge in the later part of the eighteenth century, arguing for a general shift in feeling and in the structures of representation. The literature of sensibility, productive both f fiction and of poetic texts; the treatment of travel as a form of moral education; and the gothic romance, which tends to combine sensibility with travel, will provide the main texts under review.




  1. 34.  Victorian Literature and Empire                                                             Eng/PG/D1

The Empire figures strongly in the life and literature of this period. Representative texts in prose, poetry and fiction will be read.


  1. 35.  Mystery and Detection in the Victorian Novel                                      Eng/PG/D2

The beginnings of the genre will be examined in the Victorian period using texts such as those of Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and samples from the Gothic bibliography of Montague Summers.


  1. 36.  New Woman Novels                                                                                Eng/PG/D3

This course will examine the social, political, economic and legal conditions which led to the emergence of the ‘New Woman’ in England in the 1880s and ‘90s. Fictional representations of the ‘New Woman’ in the works of Olive Schreiner, Grant Allen, George Egerton, Sarah Grand, Thomas Hardy and George Gissing will be selected for detailed study. Journalistic responses to this literary phenomenon will also be reviewed, e.g. in the works of Eliza Lynn Linton, Margaret Oliphant, and Mona Caird.


  1. 37.  Thomas Hardy                                                                                         Eng/PG/D4

This course is designed to take a holistic approach to Thomas Hardy’s cast literary output — fourteen novels, fifty-plus short stories, nonfictional prose (prefaces and essays), approximately a thousand poems, and the epic drama The Dynasts — in order to focus on reiterative motifs and imagery patterns, and also certain unifying artistic and philosophical concerns. This course will highlight modern critical approaches to Hardy especially feminist interpretations of his work.


  1. 38.  Darwin and the Victorian Novel                                                              Eng/PG/D5

This course will look at the Evolutionary debate carried on in the nineteenth century, culminating in Darwin’s The Origin of Species (1859). The fictional reverberations of this challenge to traditional religious belief as reflected in the novels of the Victorian writers, especially George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, George Gissing, will be discussed.


  1. 39.  Science and Victorian Poetry                                                                  Eng/PG/D6

This course will examine the impact of science and technology on Victorian poetry with special reference to the poems of Tennyson, Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, A.C. Swinburne, William Morris and D.G. Rosetti.


  1. 40.  George Eliot                                                                                             Eng/PG/D7

An assessment of George Eliot’s contribution to women-centric issues in nineteenth century fiction, taking on board modern — especially feminist — revaluations of her work.


  1. 41.  Nineteenth Century Women Novelists                                                   Eng/PG/D8

This course will survey the profession of authorship among women in nineteenth century England in general and certain key fictional texts in particular. This course will focus on novels by the following authors: George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant, Olive Schreiner and Sarah Grand, among others.




  1. 42.  Graham Greene                                                                                       Eng/PG/E1

This course will deal with the life and major works of Greene (including travelogues, short stories and letters), place him against the socio-political background of the period and students are also expected to be acquainted with the diverse critical approaches to his writing.


  1. 43.  Modern Theatre                                                                                      Eng/PG/E2

The theory, practice and literature of the modern stage form the focus of this course. Readings include Stanislavsky, Brecht, Artaud, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Pirandello, Lorca, Tagore, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, Grotowski, Brook and Sircar.


  1. 44.  British Fiction Between the Wars                                                           Eng/PG/E3

This course includes a study of the socio-political background of the period (1914-1939) relating it to novelists such as Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, Huxley, Waugh, Isherwood and Orwell.


  1. 45.  Modern European Fiction                                                                       Eng/PG/E4

This will be a reading course in some of the most significant examples of the modern European novel from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. Students will move from texts of high bourgeois realism (such as Tolstoy) through modernism (Kafka) to postmodernism (Kundera). The emphasis of the course will be on reading a wide variety of texts, placing them in their appropriate historical, political and formal contexts.


  1. 46.  Modernism and Poetry                                                                            Eng/PG/E5

This course will consider the impact of Modernism as a cultural and aesthetic movement in English poetry of the early twentieth century, taking into account the major European influences. Beginning with the works of the Symbolists and the Imagists, it will trace the lines of development represented in the poetry of Yeats and Eliot. It will then go on to consider the poetry of the post-war period, looking at the influence of radical politics, social change and altered notions of individuality, selfhood and psychological process.


  1. 47.   Postmodern Fictions                                                                               Eng/PG/E6

This course will introduce students to the range and variety of postmodern fiction, especially the novel, produced in the second half of the twentieth century. It will begin with theoretical considerations regarding the nature and definition of postmodernism, and continue by applying these theoretical insights to the study of a number of fiction texts.




  1. 48.  Indian Writing in English                                                                         Eng/PG/F1

This course will cover Indian writing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, written originally in English or in translation. 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 the development 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 of the course.


  1. 49.  Subaltern Studies                                                                                     Eng/PG/F2

This course introduces the student to issues in subaltern studies not only as they apply to India but to alternative writing of other indigenous peoples of the world. The course will introduce students to relevant concepts and controversies in the social sciences regarding subaltern groups and develop sensitivity to key issues in nation-building in India, North America and Australia such as reservations, separatism and land rights and the way literary/paraliterary texts deal with them. Audio-visual elements may be included in the course. Lectures may cover such areas as: the subaltern studies project; orality and literacy; Dalit issues and Dalit literature; women and subalternity; Fourth World studies; native writing; culture and history; constructing identity.


  1. 50.  American Literature in the Nineteenth Century                                    Eng/PG/F3

This course will outline the social, historical, cultural and critical contexts of American literature in the nineteenth century. It will seek to define ‘trends’ in the different genres and link them up with individual authors/texts.


  1. 51.  American Literature in the Twentieth Century                                      Eng/PG/F4

This course will look at some of the major American novelists of the twentieth century like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Saul Bellow, Toni Morrison, dramatists like O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and poets like Frost, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, and Alan Ginsberg.


  1. 52.  Ethnic-American Literature                                                                    Eng/PG/F5

This course directs attention to the Ethnic –American writers who, despite inhabiting ‘borderlands’, are determining national discourse. This course seeks to analyse different texts by Native American, Indian-American, Chinese-American and Mexican-American writers and relate them to the ‘borderland’ theory.


  1. 53.  African Writing in English                                                                       Eng/PG/F6

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.


  1. 54.  Caribbean Writing in English                                                                  Eng/PG/F7

This course will focus not only on literary texts but on the various forms and manifestations of popular and performance texts — such as Calypso, dub poetry etc — tracing the origins of these forms in the social and historical contexts of the Caribbean islands.


  1. 55.   Diaspora Studies                                                                                     Eng/PG/F8

This course provides an opportunity to students to specialize in diaspora writing of the category of their choice, such as the literature of the South Asian diaspora, Caribbean diaspora and so on. Some of the theoretical aspects of the course may overlap with the requirements of the core paper in Postcolonial studies. Since this optional paper offers several categories of diaspora literature from which the student can choose, emphasis will be laid on individual research work, projects and student seminars. The general lectures will focus on the themes of immigration patterns in colonial and postcolonial history; displacement and the nation; hybridity; multiculturalism; authenticity/ethnicity; imagining homelands.


  1. 56.  Canadian Literature                                                                                Eng/PG/F9

This course explores the development of the Canadian canon and the exclusions from it. As this is a course on the literature of a geographically and culturally diverse region that has traditionally defined itself in relation to or in opposition to Britain and the USA, students will be given an overview of Canadian politics and history and contemporary issues of national importance. Works by prominent Canadian theorists of nationalism and multiculturalism will be examined and the course may include Quebecois or French Canadian writing in translation.


  1. 57.  The Literature of New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific            Eng/PG/F10

The course will introduce the students to the major developments in Australian literature, from the literature of contact to various movements in poetry and contemporary writing. Mainstream writing, immigrant literature and popular/fringe culture will feature in the course. The interaction of the Maori and white populations and the persistent influence of British literary traditions in New Zealand will be explored. Literature and theoretical writing emerging out of Southeast Asia may be incorporated in order to develop an understanding of Asian/Australian identity.


  1. 58.  Shakespeare and Empire                                                                        Eng/PG/F11

This course will deal with the emergence of Shakespeare studies in colonial India and the political and cultural implications of introducing Shakespeare in Indian curricula by British educationists and colonial administrators from the 1830s.The course will include the diverse range of responses to Shakespeare by the indigenous elite of mid-19th and early 20th century Bengal and the ambivalence of such encounters between Shakespeare the intelligentsia of colonial Bengal. Ultimately the course will be directed at exploring the connection between Shakespeare and the Empire.




  1. 59.  Textual Criticism                                                                                     Eng/PG/G1

This course will be among the options offered on critical theory. It will deal with principles of textual criticism in the post-print era, basic concepts, and a brief outline of the debates centres on bibliography, textual scholarship and editing in English studies. Students will have to know about the contribution of such major figures as Greg, Bowers, Tanselle and McGann. The basic text recommended is Philip Gaskell’s From Writer to Reader.


  1. 60.  Many Feminisms                                                                                     Eng/PG/G2

This course is designed to make students aware of the multiplicity of theoretical and methodological approaches within what appears to be the monolithic structure of feminist discourse. The readings, however, will not be confined to a discussion of feminist theory as a tool for literary criticism only, but will attempt to capture some of the diversity of motivation and experience informing feminist academic debates related to other areas of cultural practice.


  1. 61.  Foucault                                                                                                    Eng/PG/G3

This course will introduce students to selected writings of the French poststructuralist Michel Foucault, whose work on the frontier between philosophy and history has helped to transform many disciplines including literary criticism. Special emphasis will be laid on Foucault’s contribution to Discourse Theory and his exploration of the constitutive relationship between knowledge and politics, including a study of Edward Said’s application of Foucault’s approach to the analysis of Orientalism as a discourse.


  1. 62.  Literature and Psychoanalysis                                                                Eng/PG/G4

Candidates are expected to study some of the fundamental concepts of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis through a close reading of selected primary texts, to familiarize themselves with some of the important theories of application, and to use psychoanalysis in interpreting literary works.


  1. 63.  Greek Literary and Aesthetic Thought                                                  Eng/PG/G5

This course will study the major strands in Greek aesthetic thought, starting with an examination of the beginnings in epic poetry, and go on to study seminal texts from Plato, Aristotle, Demetrius, Hermogenes and Longinus. The texts will be selected from those translated in D.A. Russell and M. Winterbottom, Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford 1979)


  1. 64.  Romantic Critical Thought                                                                      Eng/PG/G6

This course will look at the work of German thinkers like Schiller, Moritz, Schlegel and others as well as the critical writings of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, etc, to examine the development of ideas during this crucial period of the history of aesthetics and critical thought.


  1. 65.  Realism                                                                                                    Eng/PG/G7

This course will combine theoretical and textual study, examining theories of literary realism against signal instances of realist fictional texts, especially from the nineteenth century. It will look at the ideological investment in realist representation as well as the hold that such fictions have on the structures of feeling.


  1. 66.  Structure, Sign and Play                                                                          Eng/PG/G8

This course will study the meaning and influence attached to terms like ‘structure’, ‘sign’ and ‘play’ in twentieth century critical theory, especially in structuralist, semiotic and poststructuralist textual analysis. Discussion will focus on the work of Saussure, Jakobson, C.S. Pierce, Eco, Barthes, Derrida, Lacan, Baudrillard, and Lyotard among others.


  1. 67.  Image and Text                                                                                        Eng/PG/G9

This course will look at all the major genres which deploy image and text in relation to each other, such as the medieval illuminated manuscripts, the biblia paupera, early modern printed books, ephemera, story-pictures, cartoons, illustrated books, comic strips, comic books and graphic novels. The course will pay attention to the production, consumption and dissemination of such texts as well as their visual and narrative protocols.


  1. 68.  A Change of Mind: Literature and the Human Brain                            Eng/PG/G10

Ideas about the nature and functioning of the human mind have influenced the writing of texts, shaping form, content and techniques of composition from Aristotle to the Beat Generation and beyond. This course offers students the opportunity to explore the interface between literature and Western philosophy, particularly with reference to language and creativity. In this course, students examine selected literary texts in which writers explore the processes by which they think, remember, recreate and write, as well as learn about the historical and philosophical backgrounds which shape their thinking.


  1. 69.  The Dream in Literature                                                                         Eng/PG/G11

The dream has a very important space in literature. Students will be expected to study prototypes of the dream from classical and Biblical sources, from medieval ones like the Roman de la Rose and the dream literature in Medieval England and from hagiographical texts. This portion of the reading may be done in modern English translation In this section, the dream as frame in narrative poems will be discussed. We shall move on to more modern ways of the interpretation and analysis of dreams within narratives, poems and prose writings. This section will require readings from Freud, Jung and Lacan along with a wide ranging selection from literary texts which will be announced from time to time.



  1. 70.  Women, Writing, Madness                                                                     Eng/PG/H1

This course will examine the relationship between constructions of women’s madness, femininity and creativity. It will focus on the works of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Antonia White and others. It will read them in the context of feminist and psychoanalytic theory (Freud, Lacan, Juliet Mitchell, Helene Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Elaine Showalter, Shoshana Felman, Phyllis Chesler and others.)


  1. 71.  History of the Book                                                                                 Eng/PG/H2

This course will survey the various manifestations of the book, ranging from the invention of movable type in Germany in the fifteenth century to the rapid proliferation of the digital word in the present day. The course will concentrate on the book trade in England in particular, as well as the various technological innovations in the history of the printed and digital book.


  1. 72.  Shakespeare in Performance                                                                  Eng/PG/H3

The performance of Shakespeare’s plays, from his own times to the present, and covering theatrical, cinematic and dance productions from across the world, forms the focus of this course. It starts with a detailed survey of the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, and concludes with a study of screen versions of the plays.


  1. 73.  Literature and the Visual Arts                                                                Eng/PG/H4

This course will examine the range of aesthetic influences across visual and verbal media. It will enquire into the possibility of a ‘common aesthetic’ and study the many ways in which painting and other visual arts have influenced, or been affected by, literature. Students will make a special study of periods in which the relationships are particularly close, such as the Renaissance, the nineteenth century and the Modernist period.


  1. 74.  Popular Literature                                                                                   Eng/PG/H5

Besides the theoretical background, this course may focus on specific authors who were/are popular, and investigate the reasons behind their continuing/extinct popularity. Also, a study of how ‘characters’ in prose fiction become part of the popular literary consciousness.


  1. 75.  Translation: A Case Study of Tagore                                                     Eng/PG/H6

Tagore’s career and canon offer multiple perspectives on translation. This course examines his own translating practice as an example of auto-translation, as well as his Bengali works translated into English by others. The aim is to sensitize students to the demands of translation, so that they may be able to apply these principles in any translation activity that they undertake. Perquisite: familiarity with the Bengali language.


  1. 76.  Literature and Gender                                                                             Eng/PG/H7

This course is an introduction to the concept of gender as a cultural category and how it is constructed in literature. It will introduce students to the major critical approaches to literature that feminist theorists have devised to understand ‘woman’ as a single or variable entity n literature.


  1. 77.  Queer Studies                                                                                          Eng/PG/H

This course will be an introduction to lesbian, gay and bisexual studies, focussing on such issues as theories of sexual orientation, the history of the gay movement, AIDS, queer theory, the lesbian/gay artist/writer and lesbian and gay literary theories.


  1. 78.  Utopian Literature                                                                                   Eng/PG/H9

This course will be a selective reading of Utopian literature, including its dystopian and satirical variations, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The readings will be discussed in the context of relevant political and social theory, with special attention to some of the literary techniques employed to create a distinct tradition.


  1. 79.  The Literature of Espionage                                                                   Eng/PG/H10

This course will study the ‘spy thriller’ and its antecedents as a distinctly marked sub-genre in modern fiction. It will begin with theoretical considerations of form and genre, examine the psychology of surveillance and espionage in social and historical manifestations, and look at the development of the genre in the twentieth century, reaching its peak in the Cold War novel. Texts for special study may include Kipling, Buchan, Greene, Deighton, Fleming and Le Carre among others.


  1. 80.  Writing Leisure                                                                                        Eng/PG/H11

The first part of this course will identify the construction of the notions of ‘leisure’ in the post-Industrial Revolution period. We will look at examples of products for the ‘leisure markets’ — both texts and non-text commodities. The primary texts will be examples of the evolution of the ‘popular taste’. Secondary texts will consist primarily of books and essays from ‘Culture Studies’ and will include books/essays by Graham Murdock, Nicholas Garnham, Adorno and Horkheimer, Bakhtin, Barthes, Stuart Hall, Laura Mulvey, Ien Ang.


  1. 81.  Learning English? A Study of Text Books in English                            Eng/PG/H12

The history of English teaching in India; relevant reports of various Commissions on Education; analysis of textbooks. The first part of the course will consist of reading secondary texts like Gauri Vishwanathan. The second part will consist of reading relevant sections of Commissions and policy statements like Macaulay, Sadler Commission, Tara Chand Commission, Kothari Commission. The third part will consist of project work where students will look at textbooks for teaching English to analyse them. They will submit a project report for evaluation.


  1. 82.  Literature and Film                                                                                  Eng/PG/H13

This course will examine the relationship between literature and film using some key cinematic transformations of classical literary texts (Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay and Rays’ trilogy; Shakespeare and Kurosawa; Dostoyevsky and Bresson etc) as well as popular texts (Frankenstein and its several film versions, Dracula and the films it has spawned, more recently the film versions of the works of Tolkien and Rowling etc.) It will study the role of literature in the development of cinema, its growing independence from the literary and the body of debate surrounding the role of literature in cinema. It will also investigate issues of the influence of cinema on literary writing.


  1. 83.  Performative Play: The Literature and Culture of Sport                       Eng/PG/H14

This course will study the complex cultural notion of ‘play’ and its embodiment in forms of human activity variously described as art, recreation, sport, games or literature. Beginning from the Greek paedeia, it will examine the culture of sport as well as the literature devoted to it, looking at risk-taking, game theory, and performance practices. Using Huizinga’s description of man as homo ludens, a being who plays, it will study the analogies between sport and literature as mimetic forms, and their social and historical interrelations. Texts to be read will range from Plato to Malamud and beyond.


  1. 84.  The Theban Plays of Sophocles                                                              Eng/PG/H15

Candidates are expected to read Sophocles’s Oedipus the King, Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus closely, and to explore some of the important questions raised in the plays with reference to selected landmark commentaries on them through the ages.


  1. 85.  Classical Tragedy                                                                                    Eng/PG/H16

This course will examine the origins and development of classical tragedy from Aeschylus to Seneca. It will require students to make a special study of major Greek and Latin tragedies, considering these plays in relation to myth, ritual, religion and law. The formal and structural characteristics of classical tragedy and the questions it raises concerning human freedom and responsibility will also be examined.


  1. 86.  Classical Comedy                                                                                    Eng/PG/H17

Course components: Origins of comedy; comedy and the polis; the dramatization of intelligence; reading of two plays by Aristophanes, one each by Menander and Plautus.


  1. 87.  Drama in Practice                                                                                    Eng/PG/H18

The idea that plays must be studied 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.


  1. 88.  Special Author                                                                                          Eng/PG/H19

This course will offer students the opportunity to specialize in the work of any author of substantial importance.


  1. 89.  Children’s Literature                                                                               Eng/PG/H20

Literature written specially for children emerges as a significant category only in the nineteenth century (though there are antecedents in earlier periods) in the wake of pedagogical reform and new notions regarding the socialization of children. By the twentieth century it had come to constitute an influential and widely disseminated sub-genre, with its own divisions of ‘high’ and ‘low’, ‘literary’ and ‘popular’. This course will study the nature and historical development of the genre, looking at the great age of Victorian children’s fiction as well as contemporary development sin the genre to suit changed markets.


  1. 90.  Science Fiction                                                                                         Eng/PG/H21

The course will be an introduction to science fiction, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Apart from studying key SF texts — both novels and short stories — the course will also examine the social, historical, scientific and cultural contexts of the origin and growth of the genre.


  1. 91.  Linguistics                                                                                                Eng/PG/H22

This course will offer an overview of the scope of contemporary linguistics, emphasizing both theoretical and practical applications. Students will gain an insight into historical linguistics and sociolinguistics as well as transformational-generative grammar.


  1. 92.  Language and Thought                                                                            Eng/PG/H23

This course will explore fundamental questions of cognition and verbalization, linking the discipline of literary studies with the cognitive sciences and linguistics. It will focus upon the generation of meaning in human discourse and examine problems of semantics and philosophical linguistics.


  1. 93.  Death in Western Civilization                                                                 Eng/PG/H24

The course begins with the Plaotinc view of death and moves through an historical overview of Western civilization’s attitudes and practices vis-à-vis death and mortality. What did death mean in antiquity? Did Christianity offer a different notion of death? How did politics, philosophy and psychoanalysis transform the understanding of the literary representations of death? These are some of the questions that the course will explore.


  1. 94.  Literature and Medicine                                                                         Eng/PG/H25

This course will include literature about illness, epidemics and the science and practice of medicine. The course aims to look at the ways in which representations of disease and health in literary texts are determined by the science and practice of medicine. The course will also explore the cultural context within which notions about healers and healing can be understood in literary texts.


  1. 95.  Writing in Practice                                                                                   Eng/PG/H26

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 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.

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  1. Jesus Sivasankar C says:

    Can a BE graduate apply for this MA course?

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