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Master of Arts – (English Literature)
The course focuses on eras from 16th to late 19th century Literature. In its broader spectrum, the course covers a reference to the multiple factors from economic theories to religious, philosophical and metaphysical debates that overlap in these literary works of diverse nature and time periods under multiple contexts.
It’s an introduction to the issues of Elizabethan studies in the widest possible range, and the context of the theatre culture of the era is done at large. The context is the essential point of departure to an objective critical assessment of the work of Shakespeare, which builds on the work of his predecessors and contemporaries. The analysis of the plays focuses on technical aspects of Elizabethan play-writing and how the usage of these principles differs from author to author. This approach is meant to be practical; the aim being to look into the craftsmanship of the dramatist of the era and on its relation to the purport of the play.
This course focuses on a genre-specific historical development. The connection between the human imagination and words is very deep, and the suggested selection offers examples of the expression of personal feelings and ideas. These poems can be studied as a refined commentary on the aesthetic concerns related to poetry and its types. Overall, the course develops fineness of taste among its readers through a variety of linguistic web.
The course aims to illustrate the trends, currents and cross currents in the writings of early novelists who firmly established their writing as a literary form during the eighteenth century. The idea we have of the novel comes from the 18th century, before that time there were plenty of forms of prose fiction that did not present a picture of real life, as required of a novel. It is the novel that gives us the knowledge how an individual can discover the reality of the world around him through his senses and perceptions.
No one has done more to invigorate the English language than Shakespeare, and few have done as much in literature to portray the human condition. Indeed, to understand and appreciate English literature since his time, one must be familiar with his plays, poetry and Shakespeare’s sonnets.
History of English Literature – II (Restoration of 20th Century)
The aim is to make students familiar with the most important poetic texts of the 18th century which belong to two groups: satirical and meditative poetry. Analysis of selected poems will reveal the thematic richness of the English Enlightenment poetry and its use for satirical and meditative purposes. Various ways of employing the popular poetic forms (such as ode, epistle, hymn, et al.) reveal great linguistic sophistication of the poetry of that age, the erudition of the authors and readers, as well as a lively intellectual climate of the English neoclassical period.
It is a study of the work and position of female authors in literature, reflecting concerns with ethnicity, class, feminine language, representations of the body, and the development of a feminine tradition. It aims to define the state of literary studies in the field of women’s writing and to present cross-cultural interpretations of relevance to contemporary work in gender studies and comparative literature.
The course is affiliated with the poets of the 17th century England that sought to satiate their interest in metaphysical concerns by examining them in a simple way through poetry. Many of the metaphysical poets try to explain and understand their connection with God and their meanings as a whole. The goal was to have the reader think in depth upon issues that were present at the time.
A study of the major plays of Shakespeare with special emphasis on the tragedies and comedies. As William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the most important writer in the English tradition, his works are indispensable for a complete study of English literature.
This is the most important and popular literary medium in the modern times, and it is in this form that a great deal of distinguished work is being produced. This is the age of disintegrations and interrogations. Old values have been discarded and they have not been replaced by new values. What Arnold said of the Victorian period – “caught between two worlds, one dying, the other seeking to be born.” in prose, the ambiguity can be clarified and this has been possible only in the novel form which exposes the inner working of the mind of a character. Modern novel is realistic as opposed to idealistic. People are what they are because of what they have been. There are such fine delicacies of description and narrative in modern novels, that they remind us of the works of great English poets.
This course gives an introduction to themes in literature and provides guided study and practice in reflecting on themes which describe the human experience across cultural and societal boundaries. The course consists of readings from literature in different genres and cultures.
POST COLONIAL LITERATURE
This course focuses on some influential theories of aesthetic experience as an autonomous domain that supplements science and morality. The main issues this course deals with is how the discovery of beauty and sublimity in nature led to an unprecedented celebration of art as the highest form of human activity and the problem of the relation between aesthetic experience and conceptual understanding. Readings of some of the Canonical works of romantic literature will be supplemented by Kant, Schiller, Friedrich Schlegel, Schelling, Hegel, and more recent responses to their works.
A study of American Literature is important to identify the American literary traditions. The pioneer ideals of self reliance and independence appear again and again in American writings. They tend to reject authority and emphasize democracy and the equality of people which is reflected everywhere in their writings.
This course is designed to present an array of contemporary and modern writers and to encourage an appreciation of the craft of writing. The aim is to provide a stimulating and innovative approach to the study of contemporary and modern poetry which may lead to a personal interest in creative writings.
Prose is considered one of the two major literary genres, with the other being verse. In the world of artistic writing, non-fiction prose is the form that most creative writing takes on in the genres of essays, articles, speeches, biographies and works of criticism. Non-fiction prose literature designates writing intended to instruct to persuade, to convert, or to convey experience or reality through “factual” or spiritual revelation.
It is an intensive course divided into two parts. Part I is concerned with two prominent critics of English literature, while the second part deals with theories about criticism where the readers would be exposed to philosophical and critical thoughts on selected topics. This course is in line with the topics taken up in literary movements would prepare the students for critical and analytical analysis of texts and help them in their research work.
American Literature (AL) – II is an extensive course in terms of its components and scope. Much of it builds on understanding the traditions of American literary sensibility discussed in American Literature – I. This course focuses on connecting the diverse Western movements such as Realism, Naturalism, Romanticism, Transcendentalism Modernism, Existentialism, Postmodernism, etc., as they influence multiple trends in American nationalism.
An adequate appreciation of the tremendous spread of the modern, conscious social unrest cannot be gained from propagandistic literature. Rather must we become conversant with the larger phases of human expression manifest in art, literature, and, above all, the modern Drama, the strongest and most far-reaching interpreter of our deep-felt dissatisfaction.
Various literary texts will be read and students will be required tow rite full length critical analysis. Information about common elements of non-fiction prose will be provided. Various literary texts will be read and students will be required tow rite full length critical analysis. Information about common elements of non-fiction prose will be provided.