Kerala University- MA English – Syllabus 2013

University of Kerala

M.A. Degree Course in English Language and Literature

 Syllabus for 2013 Admission

Course Structure and Marks Distribution

Semester 1 Core / Elective Course

Code

Name of Paper Instructional    hours/week Marks  
ESE CA  
Paper 1 Core EL 211 Chaucer to the Elizabethan Age 6 75 25  
Paper 2 Core EL 212 Shakespeare 6 75 25  
Paper 3 Core EL 213 The Augustan Age 7 75 25  
Paper 4 Core EL 214 The Romantic Age 6 75 25  
               
Semester 2              
Paper 5 Core EL 221 The Victorian Age 6 75 25  
Paper 6 Core EL 222 The 20th century 7 75 25  
Paper 7 Core EL 223 Indian Writing in English 6 75 25  
Paper 8 Core EL 224 Literary Theory 1 6 75 25  
               
Semester 3              
Paper 9 Core EL 231 Linguistics & Structure of the English Language 7 75 25  
Paper 10 Core EL 232 Literary Theory 2 6 75 25  
Paper 11 Elective 1 EL 233   6 75 25  
Paper 12 Elective 2 EL 233   6 75 25  
               
Semester 4              
Paper 13 Core EL 241 English Language Teaching 6 75 25  
Paper 14 Core EL 242 Introduction to Cultural Studies 7 75 25  
Paper 15 Elective 3 EL 243   6 75 25  
Paper 16 Elective 4 EL 243   6 75 25  
Paper 17 ComprPpr EL 244 Comprehensive Paper   100  
Paper 18 Project EL 245 Project & Project based Viva Voce   80 20  
      Grand Total = 1800  

 

 

Syllabus & Text books

forM.A. Degree Course in English Language and Literature, 2013 Admissions

 

Semester One

Paper I – Chaucer to the Elizabethan Age [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Socio-political background of Chaucer’s Age
  2. Chaucer and his contemporaries – Langland and Gower
  3. The Renaissance in England
  4. Ballads and sonnets – Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, Spenser
  5. Metaphysical poetry – Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Marvell
  6. The development of prose – More, Sidney, Bacon, Browne, Isaac Walton, Thomas Hobbes
  7. The rise of English drama – Miracle plays, Morality plays, Interlude
  8. Classical influence – Revenge tragedy – Seneca – Kyd
  9. University Wits – Ben Jonson – Comedy of Humours
  10. Elizabethan Romantic drama – Marlowe – Shakespeare
  11. Jacobean drama – Webster, Beaumont and Fletcher, Massinger, Dekker

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry:

Chaucer:                                       “The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales” – Lines 1-41, The Knight – lines 42-80, The Prioress – lines 122-166, The Oxford Cleric – lines 295-318, The Franklin – lines 341-370, The Wife of Bath – lines 455-486, The Summoner – Lines 641-688.

(Modern version by NevilCoghill)

Spenser:                                        “Prothalamion”

Donne:                                         “A Hymn to God the Father” &The Canonization”.

 

(b)  Prose:

Bacon:                                                 “Of Marriage and Single Life” & “Of Parents and Children”

Sidney:                                         Extract from Apology for Poetry – pgs. 40 to 48.

(Edited by V. Chatterjee. Chennai: Orient Blackswan).

(c)  Drama:

Marlowe:                                      Dr. Faustus

Non-detailed study

(a) Poetry:

Herbert:                                         “The Collar”

Vaughan:                           “The Retreat”

Andrew Marvell:                           “To His Coy Mistress”.

[Ballad]:                                        “Sir Patrick Spens”

(b) Fiction:

More:                                                   Utopia

(c) Drama:

Kyd:                                                    The Spanish Tragedy.

 

Paper II – Shakespeare [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Shakespeare and his age
  2. Elizabethan theatre and audience
  3. Life and works of Shakespeare – sources – early comedies – histories – problem plays – tragedies – last plays – sonnets
  4. Folios and Quartos
  5. Shakespeare’s language – use of blank verse – prose
  6. Shakespeare’s characters – heroes, women, villains, fools and clowns.
  7. Songs
  8. The Supernatural element
  9. Imagery
  10. Shakespearean criticism – pre-1950 – post-1950.

 

Text Books

Detailed study:

  • Hamlet
  • As You Like It
  • Sonnets: 18 [“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”]

30 [“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”]

127 [“In the old age black was not counted fair”], &

130 [“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”]

 

Non-detailed study:

  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • The Tempest

 

Suggested reading:  

  1. C. Bradley: Shakespearean Tragedy [Lecture 1]

Ernest Jones: “The Psychoanalytical Solution” (Chapter Three of Hamlet and Oedipus, pp. 45-70)

Alan Sinfield and Jonathan Dollimore. “Introduction: Shakespeare, Cultural Materialism and the New

Historicism” in Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1985. Pp 2-17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper III – The Augustan Age[7 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. The Reformation
  2. Milton – life and works – early and later poetry
  3. The Restoration
  4. The poetry of Dryden and Pope
  5. Transitional poetry – Gray, Collins, Cowper, Burns
  6. The rise of modern prose – criticism, satire, diaries – Milton, Dryden, Swift, Locke, Pepys
  7. The periodical essay – Addison and Steele
  8. Johnson and his circle – Boswell
  9. Milton’s drama
  10. Restoration drama – Comedy of Manners – Heroic drama – anti-sentimental comedy – Wycherley, Congreve, Goldsmith, Sheridan
  11. The rise of the novel – Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Smollett

 

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry:

Milton:                                            Paradise Lost Book I

Dryden:                                          “MacFlecknoe”

Gray:                                              “An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

 

(b) Prose:

Dr. Johnson:                                  Preface to Shakespeare – paras 1–40

Burke:                               Letter to a Noble Lord– paras 1–10

 

(c) Drama:

Sheridan:                                       The Rivals

 

Non-detailed study

  • Poetry:

Blake:                                             “A Cradle Song”, “Lamb”

Burns:                                   “Auld Lang Syne”, “A Red Red Rose”

Pope:                                              “An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot”

 

  • Fiction:

Richardson:                                    Pamela

Sterne:                                            TristramShandy

 

  • Drama:

Goldsmith:                                     She Stoops to Conquer

 

 

 

 

Paper IV – The Romantic Age [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. The Romantic Revival
  2. The poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats
  3. Prose – modern review, magazines, essay, criticism – De Quincey, Coleridge, Hazlitt,
  4. Lamb, Mary Wollstonecraft
  5. Fiction – early 19th century novel – historical novel, gothic novel, domestic novel – Scott, Jane Austen, Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley

 

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry:

Wordsworth:                                  “Tintern Abbey”

Coleridge:                                      “Kubla Khan”

Shelley:                                          “Ode to the West Wind”

Keats:                                             “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

 

  • Prose:

Lamb:                                            “Mackery End in Hertfordshire”.

Coleridge:                                                 BiographiaLiteraria – Chapter 14

Mary Wollstonecraft:“The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered”.

[fromA Vindication of the Rights of Woman.Part I. Chap. I]

 

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

Non-detailed study

  • Poetry:

Wordsworth:                               “London 1802” & “Upon Westminster Bridge”.

Byron:                                         “Euthanasia”

Keats:                                          “The Eve of St. Agnes”.

 

  • Fiction:

Sir Walter Scott:                             Ivanhoe

Jane Austen:                       Persuasion

Mary Shelley:                                 Frankenstein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester Two

Paper V – The Victorian Age [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Social and political background –change in mood and temper – Parliamentary Reform – political stability
  2. The politics of colonization
  3. Science and religion – the Victorian compromise
  4. Contemplative poetry, love poetry, dramatic monologue – Tennyson, Arnold, Clough, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Browning.
  5. Pre-Raphaelites – Rossetti, Swinburne, Morris and their group.
  6. Precursorsto modernist poetry – Hopkins, Hardy, Kipling, Thompson, Houseman, Bridges.
  7. Prose and criticism – Carlyle, Ruskin, Arnold, Pater, Leslie Stephen, Huxley, Newman.
  8. Social novel, moral and philosophical novel, realistic novel, Wessex novels – Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Meredith, Stevenson, Hardy.
  9. Precursors to modernist fiction – Butler.
  10. The decline of drama – dramatists of transition and stage naturalism – Robertson.
  11. Problem play – Pinero and Jones – comedy of manners – Wilde.

 

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry:

Tennyson:                                       “The Lotos Eaters”

Browning:                                      “Fra Lippo Lippi”

Arnold:                                           “Dover Beach”

Hopkins:                                         “The Windhover”

 

  • Prose:

Arnold:                                           Culture and Anarchy. Chapter I,“Sweetness and Light.” pp. 1-19.

 

  • Drama:

Oscar Wilde:                                  The Importance of Being Earnest

 

Non-detailed study

 

(a) Poetry:

  1. G. Rossetti:                        “The Blessed Damozel”

Morris:                                         “Haystack in the Floods”

 

(b) Fiction:

Dickens:                                        A Tale of Two Cities

Emily Bronte:                                 Wuthering Heights

Charlotte Bronte:                           Jane Eyre

Hardy:                                            The Mayor of Casterbridge

 

 

 

 

Paper VI – The Twentieth Century [7 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. The 20th century – socio-political background – literature and society – Liberal Humanism – literature and media.
  2. Poetry – Symbolist Movement – Yeats – poets of World War I – Owen – modernist poetry – Eliot, Pound – Auden and the poets of the thirties – World War II and its aftermath – Movement Poetry – Larkin, Gunn, Jennings – new poets of the 50’s – Ted Hughes, Betjeman – Mavericks – 60’s and 70’s – Heaney, Motion, Geoffrey Hill – 1980s – contemporary
  3. Prose – criticism – Eliot, Virginia Woolf, I. A. Richards, Empson, F. R. Leavis, Raymond Williams, Terry Eagleton – the essay – Belloc, Chesterton, Beerbohm, Russell, Huxley – biography – Strachey – periodicals – the little magazine.
  4. The Novel – psychological novel – D. H. Lawrence – stream-of-consciousness – Joyce, Virginia Woolf – E. M. Forster – George Orwell – post-war fiction – Graham Greene, Golding, Kingsley Amis, John Wain, Allan Sillitoe, Beckett, Angus Wilson, Doris Lessing, Anita Brookner, Iris Murdoch.
  5. Drama – The new drama – influence of Ibsen – Bernard Shaw – poetic drama – Eliot, Fry – Irish Dramatic Movement – Abbey Theatre – Yeats, Synge, O’Casey – post-war drama – kitchen-sink drama – Wesker – the angry young men – Osborne – Theatre of the Absurd – Beckett, Pinter, Bond.
  6. Recent trends in British writing.

 

Text Books

Detailed study

(a)Poetry:

  1. B. Yeats “The Second Coming”
  2. S. Eliot: “The Waste Land”
  3. H. Auden: “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”

Dylan Thomas:                                           “Poem in October”

(b) Prose:         

  1. S. Eliot:             “Tradition and the Individual Talent”
  2. A. Richards:   “Four Kinds of Meaning”
  • Drama:

Harold Pinter:                                             The Birthday Party

Non-detailed study

  • Poetry:

Philip Larkin:                                              “Church Going”

Ted Hughes:                                               “Thought Fox”

Seamus Heaney:                                         “Punishment”

  • Prose:

Virginia Woolf:                              “The Russian Point of View”

(c) Drama:         

  1. B. Shaw: The Doctor’s Dilemma

(d) Fiction:        

Josef Conrad:                                The Heart of Darkness

James Joyce:                                  The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

  1. H. Lawrence: Women in Love

 

 

 

 

Paper VII – Indian Writing in English [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Historical context for the rise of Indian Writing in English
  2. Indian Renaissance – Rise of Indian nationalism
  3. Early Indian English poets – Toru Dutt and her contemporaries
  4. Contributions of Tagore – Vivekananda – Gandhi – Aurobindo – Nehru
  5. Development of Indian English fiction – the Big Three – Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao and R. K. Narayan
  6. Flowering of Indian English poetry – contributions of Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, Ramanujan, Parthasarathy and Kamala Das
  7. Women novelists – their contributions
  8. Indian English drama – Tagore – Karnad – Tendulkar
  9. Major concerns in the fictional works of Salman Rushdie – Vikram Seth – AmitavGhosh – Arundhati Roy – ShashiTharoor
  10. Recent trends in Indian English writing.

 

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry:

Parthasarathy:   “As a Man Approaches Thirty He May”

Nissim Ezekiel:             “Goodbye Party to MissPushpa T. S.”

Kamala Das:                 “Daughter of the Century”

TishaniDoshi:                          “The Day We Went to the Sea”

  • Drama:

GirishKarnad:                         Tughlaq

(c) Prose:               

  1. B. Mohan Thampi: “Rasa as Aesthetic Experience.” pp. 9-23 from The Response to Poetry.

Non-detailed study

  • Poetry:

Toru Dutt:                                “Our Casuarina Tree”

Sarojini Naidu:                         “Bangle Sellers”

Tagore:                                     Songs 1, 6, 50, 81, 95 &103 [from Gitanjali]

JayantaMahapatra:            “Freedom”

Dom Moraes:    “Absences”

ArunKolatkar: “An Old Woman”

(b) Prose:                  

  1. K. Ramanujan: “Is There an Indian Way of Thinking: An Informal Essay”.

(c) Drama:                 

Vijay Tendulkar:                Kanyadaan

(d)Fiction:                

  1. K. Narayan: The Man-eater of Malgudi

ShashiTharoor:                  The Great Indian Novel

Salman Rushdie:                     The Moor’s Last Sigh

Bama:                          Sangati

(e) Short Stories:      

Mulk Raj Anand:                     “The Barbers’ Trade Union”

Mahaswetha Devi:                   “The Breast Giver”

Paper VIII – Literary Theory 1[6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

This course will enable the students to understand that:

  1. Language is a system of signs.
  2. There are certain fundamental structures underlying all human behaviour and production.
  3. Meaning is not fixed; rather it is a fluid, ambiguous domain of human experience.
  4. Human beings are motivated by desires, fears, conflicts and needs of which they are unaware.
  5. Unconscious is the storehouse of painful and repressed emotions.
  6. Unconscious is structured like language.
  7. Cultural productions reinforce the economic, political, social and psychological oppression.
  8. Reader’s response is pivotal in the analysis of literary texts.
  9. Reader actively participates in creating the meaning of the text.

 

Module I: Theories of Structuralism

The basic principle of Structuralism is that language structures our perception of the world around us.  Literature and other cultural representations are manifestations of systems of signs that can be studied both synchronically and diachronically.

  • Ferdinand de Saussure. Sections from Course in General Linguistics. Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998. Pp. 76-90.

Module II: Theories of Deconstruction

Theories of Deconstruction rest on the belief that there is no transcendental signified and that there is nothing outside of the text. However, texts betray traces of their own instability, making the possibility of determinate meaning suspect.

  • Jacques Derrida. “Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of Human Sciences.”Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. Ed. David Lodge. UK: Longman, 2000. Pp. 89-103.

Module III: Psychoanalytic Theories

The existence of the unconscious is central to all psychoanalytic theories. Individuals move through developmental stages early in life, and traumas or experiences during that process may have a lasting effect on personality. Literary and other cultural texts may have a psychological impact on readers or meet a psychological need in them.

  • Jacques Lacan. “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Foundation of I as Revealed in Psychoanalysis Experience.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998. Pp. 178-183.

Module IV: Feminist Theories

Language, institutions, and social power structures have reflected patriarchal interests throughout  history; and this has had a profound impact on women’s ability to express themselves and the quality of their daily lives.  This combination of patriarchal oppression and women’s resistance to it is apparent in many literary and other cultural texts.

  • Elaine Showalter. “Towards a Feminist Poetics.”Women Writing and Writing about Women.  London: Croom Helm, 1979. Pp.10-22

Recommended reading:

  1. Roman Jakobson. “Linguistics and Poetics” Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader” David

Lodge and Nigel Wood. England: Pearson, 2007. Pp. 141-164.

  1. Claude Levi-Strauss. “The Structural Study of Myth.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Julie

Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998.

  1. Jonathan Culler. Structuralist Poetics. Routledge, 1975.
  2. Roland Barthes. “The Death of the Author.” Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader” David

Lodge and Nigel Wood. England: Pearson, 2007. Pp. 313-316.

  1. Jean-Francois Lyotard. “The Postmodern Condition.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Julie

Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998.

  1. An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Post-modernism. Longman, 1993.
  2. Sigmund Freud. “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Julie Rivkin and

Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998.

  1. GillezDeleuze and Felix Guttari. “The Anti-Oedipus.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Julie

Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998.

  1. Maud Ellman. Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism. Longman, 1994.
  2. Luce Irigaray. “The Power of discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine.” Literary Theory: An

      Anthology.Ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998.

  1. Simone de Beauvoir. “Myth and Reality.” Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader” David

Lodge and Nigel Wood. England: Pearson, 2007. Pp.95- 102.

  1. Mary Eagleton, ed. Feminist Literary Criticism. London: Longman, 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester Three

Paper IX – Linguistics and Structure of the English Language   [7 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

This paper aims to introduce the latest trends in 20th century linguistic theory, from the beginnings of modern linguistic theory to the characterization of linguistics today. Various schools of thought including Bloomfield’s American Structuralism, Noam Chomsky’s T. G. Grammar among others, will be studied in addition to Singulary and Double-based transformations in T. G. Grammar, and the derivation of sentences. The paper also looks at the various aspects of Semantics and Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics, as well as aspects of Stylistics and Phonetics. Theories of meaning, the study of language use and communication, the study of language acquisition and linguistic behaviour and the psychological mechanisms responsible for them, the concepts of society, culture and language, language in its social context, aspects of linguistics style study, aspects of segmental and supra-segmental phonemes, including stress, rhythm and intonation also have to be discussed.

Unit–1:The Nature of Language – linguistics as the scientific study of language – the properties of natural human languages – human languages and systems of animal communication – langue and parole – the concept of grammar – prescriptive – descriptive –the fallacies of Traditional Grammar.

Unit–2:Structuralism – its roots and theoretical formulation. Structural Phonology – phoneme theory – environment and distribution – principles of phonemic analysis.Structural Morphology – morphemes – classification – lexical and Grammatical – free and bound morphemes – stem, root and affixes – allomorphs – zero allomorph. Structural Syntax – word classes – form class, function words – Immediate Constituent Analysis – the problem of the Structuralist Paradigm – syntax – structure of phrases, clauses and sentences.TG Grammar – Noam Chomsky and his theories – linguistic competence – Transformations – (a) Singulary: Interrogation (Y/N and Wh); Negation; Passivization; Tag Questions – (b) Double-based: Relativization, Complementation, Adverbialization, Co-ordination.

Unit–3:Phonetics, phonemics, phonology – phonemes – allophones – supra-segmental features – word stress, sentence stress, rhythm, pitch and intonation – comparison between RP, GIE  and Malayalam sounds – difficulties of Malayali speakers – remediation – distinction  between phonetic and phonemic transcription.

Unit–4:Semantics and Pragmatics – context and meaning – invisible meaning – speech act – discourse and conversation – communicative competence. Psycholinguistics – language acquisition, linguistic behaviour, motivation and aptitude.Sociolinguistics – basic concepts – Dialect – Register – regional and social varieties of English – British, American, South Asian and Indian – genderedspeech. Stylistics – linguistic style study.

Recommended Reading:

David Crystal:                                      Linguistics

Frank Palmer:                                      Grammar

George Yule:                                        The Study of Language

  1. C. Fries: The Structure of English.

Peter Trudgill:                                       Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society

  1. Garman. Psycholinguistics.
  2. Titone and M. Danesi: Applied Psycholinguistics
  3. Balasubramaniam: A Textbook on Phonetics for Indian Students.
  4. K. Verma and N. Krishnaswamy: Modern Linguistics

Adrian Akmajain, et al.                         Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication

Graham Hough:Style andStylistics.

 

Paper X – Literary Theory  II[6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

The course will help the student to understand that:

  1. Human societies are structured by the economic system.
  2. All social and political activities aim at gaining and sustaining economic power.
  3. History is not linear and progressive.
  4. It is impossible to analyze history objectively.
  5. The mundane activities and conditions of everyday life can tell us much about the belief systems of a time period.
  6. Discourses wield power for those in charge and they do not remain permanent.
  7. Colonization is a process of political domination mainly based on race, ethnicity, economic greed and expansionism.
  8. A literary text represents various aspects of colonial oppression.
  9. Media has its effects on society and culture.
  10. Media’s relationship with other forms of arts and society is informed by ideology.

Module I: Marxist Theories

Literary and other cultural texts are ideological in background, form and function and the production and consumption of texts reflects class ideologies. An attention to the material conditions of life and a critical engagement with our attitudes about those conditions are essential for achieving positive social change.

  • Raymond Williams. “Literature.” Marxism and Literature.USA: Oxford UP, 1978. Pp.45-54.

 

Module II: Theories of New Historicism

History is not linearly progressive and is not reducible to the activities of prominent individuals. The mundane activities and conditions of everyday life can tell us much about the belief systems of a time period.  Literary texts are connected in complex ways to the time period in which they were created and systems of social power are both reflected in and reinforced by such texts.

  • Michel Foucault. “What is an Author?”Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. Ed.David Lodge. UK: Longman, 2000. Pp.174-187.

Module III: Postcolonial Theories

The analysis of racism and ethnocentrism in texts from the past may have relevance to the ways we live our lives today.  Textual analysis of race, ethnicity, and postcoloniality can serve as a starting point for positive forms of social change in the future.

  • Edward W. Said. “Introduction”. Orientalism. UK: Penguin. 1900. Pp.1-28.

 

Module IV: Theories of New Media

Media theories examine the reciprocal relationship between media and its audience. The development of print media and digital media is associated with the development of consumerism and commercialism. Media theory emphasizes the fact that media cannot exist outside the ideological constraints and become constitutive of the very ideology it re-presents.

  • Manuel Castells. “The Network Society: from Knowledge to Policy”.The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy.Eds. Manuel Castells and Gustavo Cardoso.Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins Center forTransatlantic Relations, 2005. Pp.3-21.Web.

 

 

Recommended Reading:

  1. Marx. “The German Ideology: Wage, Labour and Capital.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed.

Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA:Blackwell,1998.Pp. 653-658.

  1. Althusser. “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed. Julie

Rivkin and Michael Ryan. USA: Blackwell, 1998. Pp. 693-702.

  1. Terry Eagleton. Marxism and Literary Criticism. London: Routledge, 1976.
  2. Stephen Greenblatt. “Towards a Poetics of Culture.” The New Historicism. Ed. H. Aram Veeser.

London: Routledge,1989. Pp. 1-14.

  1. DipeshChakrabarty. “Post Coloniality and the Artifice of History.”Representations 37, Special

Issue: Imperial Fantasies and Postcolonial Histories (Winter, 1992). Pp. 1-26.

  1. Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. Political Shakespeare: New EssaysinCultural

            Materialism. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1994.

  1. Franz Fanon. “On National Culture.” The Wretched of the Earth. Trans. Constance Farrington.

Penguin, 1967. Pp. 168-78.

  1. ParthaChatterjee. “Nationalism as a Problem in the History of Political Ideas.” Nationalist

Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse? The ParthaChatterjee Omnibus, New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1994.Pp. 1-35.

  1. AniaLoomba. Colonialism/ Post-Colonialism. London: Routledge, 2005.
  2. Nancy Fraser. “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing

Democracy.”The Cultural Studies Reader.2nd ed. Ed. Simon During. London: Routledge, 2007.Pp.518-536.

  1. M. Madhava Prasad. “The Absolutist Gaze: Political Structure and Cultural Form.” Ideology of

            the HindiFilm: A Historical Construction.Pp. 52-87.

  1. Dan Laughy. Key Themes in Media Theory. London: McGraw-Hill,2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper XI – Elective 1     [6 hours/week]

 

 

Paper XII – Elective 2   [6 hours/week]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester Four

Paper XIII – English Language  Teaching [6 hours/week]

This paper aims to introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of language teaching. In addition to the schools of thought and their impact on language teaching, the role of sociolinguistics and psychology in language teaching and different teaching methods will also be taken in. Students will be introduced to the manifold classroom strategies, teaching aids, the lesson plan to teach the language skills and different genres, and also the process of testing and evaluation.

Unit I

Conceptual framework – basic terms and concepts – L1, L2, ELT and ELS – bilingualism, multilingualism, teaching/learning distinction, acquisition/learning distinction – principles of language teaching – aspects of language study – schools of thought – structuralism – neo-Firthian theory.

Unit II

Culture and language – aspects of sociolinguistics – ethnography of communication – communicative competence vs linguistic competence – psychological approaches to language learning – behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism – Skinner, Chomsky, Rivers – the role of psychology in language learning – learner factors – age, aptitude, personality, conditions of learning and environment.

Unit III

Methods of Language Teaching – Grammar Translation method, Direct method, Audio-lingual method, Audio-visual method, Communicative Language Teaching, CALL, Structural method, functional- notional approach, the Silent Way, Suggestopaedia, Community Language Learning. Classroom Procedures – Literature and Language Teaching – teaching without lecturing – student participation – group work, seminars, tutorials and library work – Lesson Plan to teach grammar, prose, poetry and fiction.

Unit IV

Testing and Evaluation – types of tests, types of questions – objectivity in evaluation – internal and external evaluation – Practice in classroom teaching (to be given by the teacher concerned as part of the Internal Assessment).

 

Books for Reference:

  1. H. Sterne Fundamental Concepts of Language Teaching (OUP)

Dianne Larsen-Freeman      Principles and Techniques in Language Teaching (OUP)

  1. C. Richards and T. S. Rodgers Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (CUP)

Wilga Rivers                                           Teaching Foreign Language Skills

Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman          Working with Words: A Guide to Teaching Vocabulary   (CUP)

Harold V. Allen                                      Teaching English as a Second Language

  1. H. Harding New Patterns of Language Teaching

Rosamond Mitchell & Florence MyleSecond Language Learning Theories

Jean Forester                                           Teaching without Lecturing

  1. L. Tickoo English Language Teaching

 

 

Paper XIV – Introduction to Cultural Studies [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

Cultural Studies is a new area of research and teaching that brings in new perspectives to our notions regarding ‘texts’ and ‘meanings’ and therefore to the study of literatures, cultures and societies. This course will try to develop theoretical tools and critical perspective to interrogate the advertisement, film, television, newspaper and internet texts that saturate our lives.

  1. Historical context for the rise of Cultural Studies.
  2. New perspectives to the notion of ‘Texts’.
  3. Defining Cultural Studies
  4. Cultural Studies and English Literature
  5. Revising the concept of ‘Culture.
  6. Culture and Power
  7. Culture and Discourse
  8. Culture and Representation
  9. Popular Culture
  10. Methodologies
  11. How to do Cultural Studies

Unit I: Cultural Studies: Ideas and Concepts

  • Toby Miller, “What it is and what it isn’t: Introducing Cultural Studies,” A Companion to Cultural Studies, Ed. Toby Miller. Blackwell, 2001. 1-5.

Toby Miller What is Cultural Studies.pdf

  • Simon During – Cultural Studies Reader, Introduction. Pp. 1-6.

culturestudies reader.pdf

 

Unit II: Cultural Studies: Theory

  • Adorno and Horkheimer – excerpts from “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3998279/The-Culture-Industry-Enlightenment-as-Mass-Deception-          Adorno-Horkheimer

  • Raymond Williams – excerpts from “Culture Is Ordinary”

http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/Gustafson/FILM%20162.W10/readings/Williams.Ordinary.pdf

 

Unit III: Cultural Studies: Methodology

 

  • Stuart Hall – “Encoding, Decoding”

http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/SH-Coding.pdf

  • Paul du Guy- Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman (Introduction)

The Story of the Sony Walkman.pdf

 

Unit IV: Cultural Studies: Praxis

  • Janice Radway. Excerpts from Reading the Romance. UNC Press, 1984.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:l6PybQbgOhYJ:faculty.nipissingu.ca/wendyp/faculty/wendyp/Courses/GEND2217syllabus/files/page9_1.pdf+&hl=en&gl=in&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjDOSue6z9QRMQkaX34RxImRqFoPAln0eyXEoeBIm3mReu2T5IkNMZkIjSNHV6HF7BSxAlMx-qYICdIYOROeIG7Em7a5MsMOHsCOBxB8q-MHhKKi0PPQ16hdfyaoIfeQjTfGd3T&sig=AHIEtbQ8Xg0bZCtpFaCtdrWNYylojGWJ5Q

  • Bollywood Motifs: Cricket Fiction and Fictional Cricket.

Bollywood Motifs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper XV – Elective 3 [6 hours/week]

 

 

 

Paper XVI – Elective 4 [6 hours/week]

 

 

 

Paper XVII – Comprehensive Paper

 

 

 

Paper XVIII – Project and Project-based Viva Voce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution of Electives for Semesters 3 & 4

 

 

 

Sl no Semester Course Code Names of the Elective Papers

Semester Three

Instructional hours/week Marks  
ESE CA
1. 3 EL 233.1 European Drama 6 75 25  
2. 3 EL 233.2 Comparative Literature 6 75 25  
3. 3 EL 233.3 Contemporary Malayalam Literature in English Translation 6 75 25  
4. 3 EL 233.4 South Asian Fiction 6 75 25  
5. 3 EL 233.5 African & Caribbean Literatures 6 75 25  
6. 3 EL 233.6 Women’s Writing 6 75 25  
7. 3 EL 233.7 Dalit Writing 6 75 25  
8. 3 EL 233.8 Writing for the Media 6 75 25  
      Semester Four        
9. 4 EL 243.1 European Fiction 6 75 25  
10. 4 EL 243.2 American Literature 6 75 25  
11. 4 EL 243.3 Canadian & Australian Literatures 6 75 25  
12. 4 EL 243.4 Translation Studies 6 75 25  
13. 4 EL 243.5 Indian Feminist Thought 6 75 25  
14. 4 EL 243.6 Travel Literature 6 75 25  
15. 4 EL 243.7 Film Studies 6 75 25  
16. 4 EL 243.8 Technologies of Self:  Writing Lives, Making History 6 75 25  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electives for Semester 3

 

Elective 1: European Drama [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. The origin of drama in Europe – Dithyramb and Greek Chorus
  2. Greek stage – production and acting methods
  3. Tragedy – Comedy – Aristotle’s views on tragedy
  4. Contributions of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes
  5. Old Comedy and New Comedy
  6. Christian elements in medieval theatre – Renaissance Italian drama
  7. French classical tragedy and comedy – contributions of Racine
  8. Modern age – the contributions of: Ibsen – Bertolt Brecht – Pirandello – Chekhov – Ionesco – Camus
  9. Major dramatic/literary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries – naturalism, realism, dadaism, expressionism, surrealism, postmodernism.
  10. Major Theatre movements of the 19th and 20th centuries – Moscow Art Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Poor Theatre.
  11. Major contributors to modern European Theatre – Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski, Artaud, Lorca, Camus, Brook, Grotowski, Barba.

 

Text Books

Detailed study

Sophocles:                                           Oedipus Rex [Penguin edition]

Henrik Ibsen:                                      Ghosts [Penguin edition]

Bertolt Brecht:                        Mother Courage and Her Children [OUP edition]

 

Non-detailed study

Aristophanes:                                      The Frogs [Penguin edition]

Anton Chekov:                                   The Cherry Orchard [Penguin edition]

Jean-Baptiste Racine:                          Phaedra [Penguin edition]

Luigi Pirandello:                          Six Characters in Search of an Author [Penguin edition]

Albert Camus:                         Caligula [Penguin edition]

Eugene Ionesco:                      Rhinoceros [Penguin edition]

 

Select Reading List

 

Abrams, M. H.  A Glossary of Literary Terms .6th edition. Bangalore: Prism, 1993.

Banham, E. Martin. The Cambridge Guide to the Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.

Gascoigne, Bamber. Twentieth Century Drama. London: Hutchinson, 1974.

Gassner, John, and Edward Quinn.The Reader’s Encyclopedia of World Drama. London: Methuen,

1975.

McGuire, Susan Bassnett. Luigi Pirandello. London: Macmillan, 1983.

Trussler, Simon. 20th Century Drama. London: Macmillan, 1983.

Williams, Raymond. Drama from Ibsen to Brecht: A Critical Account and Revaluation. England:

Penguin, 1983.

Howatson, M. C. The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2011.

 

Elective 2:Comparative Literature [6 hours/week]

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the origin, growth, definition and scope of Comparative Literature. It will attempt to look at the major concepts/theories and methodologies of Comparative Literature

Course description – Topics to be covered

 

  1. Origins of Comparative literature as a discipline
  2. Historical development of Comparative Literature in the West
  3. Various definitions, scope and application of Comparative Literature
  4. The French, German and American Schools of Comparative Literature
  5. Influence and Reception Studies
  6. Thematology
  7. Genre and Movement Studies
  8. Postcolonial approaches to Comparative Literature
  9. Comparative  Literature in the Indian context
  10. Comparative Literature and Translation

 

            Books for Reference

Prawer, S. S. Comparative Literary Studies:  An Introduction. London: Duckworth, 1973.

Weisstein, U. Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1973.

Stallknecht, Newton P. &Frenz, eds. Comparative Literature: Method & Perspective.Illinois: Southern

Illinois UP, 1971.

Bassnett, Susan.  Comparative Literature:  A Critical Introduction.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1993.

Wellek, Rene. Discriminations: Further Concepts of Criticism.  Delhi: Vikas, 1970.

Chandra Mohan, edAspects of Comparative Literature: Current Approaches.

Delhi: Indra, 1989.

Paniker, K. Ayyappa.Spotlight on Comparative Indian Literature. Calcutta: Papyrus, 1992.

Dev, Amiya, and Sisir Kumar Das, eds. Comparative Literature: Theory and Practice.Shimla: Indian

Institute of Advanced Study, 1989.

Majumdar, Swapan. Comparative Literature: Indian Dimensions. Calcutta: Papyrus, 1987.

 

Note to the teacher:

The nine books prescribed for reference will offer deeper insights into the topics to be covered in this course. The book by Susan Bassnett will be especially useful. However it is difficult to prescribe one book to deal with all these topics and therefore the rationale for this long list of reference books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 3: Contemporary Malayalam Literature in English Translation [6 hours/week]

 

Course description – Topics to be covered

 

 

  1. Malayalam literature in translation 1900 to1950 – post-1950 trends in translation.
  2. Modern and post-modern trends in Malayalam poetry.
  3. Current trends in Malayalam drama.
  4. Social, political and magical realism in Malayalam fiction.
  5. New genres of Malayalam prose – autobiography, travelogue – writings on culture/art forms.
  6. Literature of minorities.
  7. Existence, survival and recent trends in Malayalam literature.

 

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry
  1. Kumara Pillai: “EthraYadrischikam”

N.N. Kakkad:   “Fever” [Trans. PremaJayakumar]

  1. AyyappaPaniker: “The Village”

Attoor Ravi Varma:    “Samkramanam”

  1. G. SankaraPillai: “What Said I to the River” [Trans. PremaJayakumar]

O.V.Usha:           “O Agnimitra”

 

  • Drama

Narendra Prasad:                Sowparnika.

 

Non-detailed study                         

 

(a) Poetry

O.N.V. Kurup:  “Those Who Haven’t Finished Loving” [Trans.  A.J.Thomas]

 

(b) Fiction and Short Fiction

(i) Novels:

Thakazhi:                            Chemmeen. [Trans. Anita Nair]

Anand:                 The Death Certificate [Trans. GeethaKrishnankutty]

  1. Valsala: Agneyam [Trans. PremaJayakumar]

Narayanan:        Kocharethi: The Araya Woman [Trans. Catherine Thankamma]

(ii) Stories:

Karoor:                                       “Wooden Dolls”

Rajalekshmi:                              “Aparajitha”

  1. Sukumaran: “MarichittillathavarudeSmarakangal”

K.R. Meera:         “Yellow is the Colour of Longing” [Trans. by J. Devika]

 

(c) Drama:

  1. J. Thomas: Behold He Comes Again [Sahitya Academy]
  2. SankaraPillai: Wings Flapping Somewhere.

 

 

 

(d) Prose

(i) Autobiography: 

  1. T. Bhattathiripad: My Tears, My Dreams [Trans. Sindhu V. Nair]

(ii) Writings on Culture/Music:

  1. Gopalakrishnan: Gandhi SubbalekshmiyeKelkumbol

 

Reference:

  1. Krishna Chaitanya.A History of Malayalam Literature. Orient Longman, 1971.
  2. J. Thomas. Seventeen Contemporary Malayalam Short Stories.
  3. K. M. Tharakan. A Brief Survey of Malayalam Literature. NBS, 1990.
  4. K. Menon, trans. MarthandaVarma. “An Apology about Translation”. Introduction  to the          latest edition by Dr. AyyappaPaniker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 4.South Asian Fiction [6 hours/week]    

This paper attempts to familiarize the students with some of the important specimens in South Asian Fiction.

Course description – Topics to be covered

 

  1. Socio-political Background
  2. Growth of National Literatures in South Asian countries
  3. Impact of National Cultures
  4. Decolonization
  5. Partition and its impact

 

Non-detailed study                         

 

TaslimaNasreen:                                  The Homecoming

Monica Ali:                                         Brick Lane

TahmimaAnam:                       A Golden Age

BapsiSidhwa:                                      Cracking India

HanifKureishi:                                    The Buddha of Suburbia

Mohsin Hamid:                                   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Muktar Mai:                                        In the Name of Honour

YasmineGooneratne               A Change of Skies

Michael Ondaatje:                   The English Patient

ShyamSelvadurai:       The Funny Boy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 5. African and Caribbean Literatures [6 hours/week]    

The elective offers an introduction to the major writers and diverse literary traditions in Africa and the Caribbean.

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Race and Ethnicity
  2. Impact of colonialism/colonial encounters
  3. The African diaspora
  4. Creolization
  5. African mythology and worldview
  6. Development of African Prose and Poetry
  7. Development of Caribbean Prose and Poetry
  8. Post-Apartheid Literature
  9. Themes of colonialism, liberation, nationalism, tradition, displacement and rootlessness in African and Caribbean literature.
  10. Recent trends in African and Caribbean literatures.

 

Non-detailed study                         

 

  • Poetry

John Pepper Clark:                      “Night Rain”

David Diop: “Africa”/ “The Vultures”

Kofi Awoonor:       “Songs of Sorrow”

Achebe                                “Refugee Mother and Child “

Edward Kamau Braithwaite:        “South”

Derek Walcott:                        “A Far Cry from Africa”.

Louise Bennett:                                 “Colonization in Reverse”

 

  • Prose

Frantz Fanon:                              “The Fact of Blackness”.The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. Ed.

Ashcroft, Griffith and Tiffin.  London: Routledge, 1995: 323.

George Lamming:                       “The Occasion for Speaking”. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader.

                   Ed. Ashcroft, Griffith and Tiffin. London: Routledge, 1995: 12.

 

(c)Drama

Wole Soyinka:                              A Dance of the Forests.

 

(d) Novel

ChimamandaNgoziAdichie:   Half of a Yellow Sun.                                     

Ben Okri:  Songs of Enchantment.

  1. S. Naipaul: The Enigma of Arrival.

Jean Rhys:                          Wide Sargasso Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 6: Women’s Writing [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

This paper is a testament to the creativity of women who have always borne witness to life, but were hardly ever permitted to speak. The poems, stories, plays and essays in this paper will look at historical understandings that frame relationships in different social contexts. It will go on to examine the possibilities and limitations that the body imposes on women and the way to freedom that is the dream of every woman. Writing offers a medium to record the nature of this journey to selfhood, at times joyous and at times painful.

 

  1. Women’s writing as a genre.
  2. The richness and variety of women’s writing and to make them discern its wide range.
  3. Key concepts and debates in women’s writing
  4. Major women writers and the salient features of the works of major women writers.
  5. Analyze texts written by women.
  6. Strategies employed by women in their writing practices.
  7. Tracing the female literary tradition.
  8. Understanding of women, their work and family through their own representation.
  9. Women’s writing from different communities, classes, countries etc.
  10. Strategies used by women writers for the contestation of gender representation.

.

Text Books

Unit 1: Poetry

Detailed

  1. Kamala Das: “Too Late For Making Up”
  2. ShantaAcharya: “Delayed Reaction”
  3. Vijila: “A Place for me”
  4. ImtiazDharker: “Minority”
  5. Sylvia Plath:                      “Balloons”
  6. Alice Walker: “Before I Leave the Stage”
  7. Judith Wright: “Naked Girl and Mirror”
  8. Carol Ann Duffy: “Eurydice”

 

Non-detailed:

1.Vijayalekshmi:                       “ThachanteMakal”

2.PratibhaNandakumar:“Poem”

  1. SugathaKumari:“Devadasi”

4.TemsulaAo:              “Heritage”

 

Unit 2: Drama

Detailed

Susan Glaspell:                    Trifles

 

Non-detailed:

  1. Vinodini: Thirst
  2. Alice Dunbar Nelson: Mine Eyes Have Seen

 

 

Unit 3: Prose

Detailed

  1. Virginia Woolf: “Professions for Women”
  2. NabaneetaDevSen: “Women Writing in India at the Turn of the “Bengali)
  3. Sivakami: “Land: Woman’s Breath and Speech”
  4. Jasbir Jain:“From Experience to Aesthetics: The Dialectics of Language and

Representation”.Growing up as a Woman Writer. New Delhi: Sahitya

Akademi, 2006. Pp. 361-369.)

  1. TanikaSarkar: “Nationalist Iconography”
  2. Anna Julia Cooper: “Loss of Speech hrough Isolation”

 

Non-detailed

  1. RomilaThapar: “Translations: Orientalism, German Romanticism and the Image of Sakuntala”
  2. Susan B. Antony:“On Women’s Right to Vote”
  3. Dorothy Parker:“Good Souls”

 

Unit 4: Fiction

Detailed

  1. LalithambikaAntarjanam: Goddess of Revenge
  2. Mahaswetha Devi: The Divorce
  3. Vatsala:                         The Nectar of Panguru Flower
  4. ShashiDeshpande: Independence Day
  5. Doris Lessing:No Witchcraft for Sale
  6. Katherine Mansfield: A Doll’s House

 

Non-detailed

  1. M. SaraswatiBai: Brainless Women
  2. Kumudini:Letters from the Palace
  3. Penelope Fitzgerald: The Axe
  4. MrinalPande: A Woman’s Farewell Song
  5. Sarah Orne Jewett:A White Heron

 

Reference:

Leo Braudy& Marshall Cohen, eds. Film Theory and Criticism. New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999.

Jeffrey Geiger & R. L. Rutsky, eds.  Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. New York: Norton, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 7: Dalit Writing [6 hours/week]

Course Description – Topics to be covered

This course is intended to help students extend their appreciation and enjoyment of Dalit literature, to provide curricular recognition to the experience, art and knowledge of a marginalized community and to expose students to the Dalit renewal of the discussion on democracy, humanism and literature. By the end of the course students would have made a detailed study of key modern Dalit writers and thinkers, enhanced their understanding of the issues at stake in the contemporary Dalit movement, evolved an in-depth grasp of the field at the levels of experience as well as concept and extended their awareness of the social and aesthetic questions being raised in the writing.

 

  1. Definitions of Dalit
  2. Varna and caste hierarchy
  3. Opposition to Brahminicalhegemony and ideology
  4. Bhakti Movement
  5. R.Ambedkar’s contributions to Dalit Movement
  6. Dalit Panther Movement
  7. AdiDharm Movement
  8. Dalit Buddhist Movement
  9. Role of BrahmoSamaj&AryaSamaj
  10. Dalit Movement in Kerala and contributions of Sri Ayyankali

 

Text Books:                               

 

  1. a) Poetry:

Detailed study:

  1. “PanchamaVedam”. K. Satyanarayana and Susie Tharu, eds. From Those Stubs

      SteelNibs are Sprouting: New Dalit Writing from South India: Kannada and Telugu.

  1. D. Rajkumar. “Our Gods do not Hide”. Give us this Day a Feast of Flesh. New Delhi: Navayana,

2011.

  1. Joseph. “Identity Card.” No Alphabet in Sight. New Delhi: Penguin, 2011.
  2. “Song”. M. Dasan, et al, eds. The Oxford India Anthology of Dalit Literature.

New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2012. Pp. 5-6.

  1. R. Renukumar. “The Poison Fruit”. M. Dasan, et al, eds. The Oxford India Anthology of Dalit

Literature.Pp. 32-33.

  1. “Dream Teller”. Ravikumar and Azhagarasan, eds. The Oxford Anthology of

      Tamil Dalit Writing.New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2012. Pp. 5-6.

 

Non-detailed Study:

  1. N. K. Hanumanthiah. “Untouchable, Yes I am!”   From Those Stubs Steel Nibs are Sprouting.
  2. MadduriNageshBabu. “A This-Worldly Prayer”; What People are You?” From Those Stubs Steel

            Nibs are Sprouting.

  1. NamdeoDhasal. “Cruelty”.A Current of Blood. New Delhi: Navayana, 2011.
  2. G. SasiMadhuraveli. “With Love”.Dasan, et al, eds. The Oxford India Anthology of Dalit Literature.

New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2012. Pg. 22.

 

  1. b) Prose (detailed):
  2. R. Ambedkar. “Annihilation of Caste”. Valerian Rodrigues, ed. The Essential Writings of B. R.

            Ambedkar.  New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2002. Pp. 263-305.

  1. Gopal Guru. “Dalit Women Talk Differently.” EPW,Vol. XXX. No. 41-42, October 14, 1995.
  2. T. M. Yesudasan. “Towards a Prologue to Dalit Studies.” K. Satyanarayana and Susie Tharu, eds. No

            Alphabet in Sight. New Delhi: Penguin, 2011. pp. 611-630.

 

  1. c) Autobiography (non-detailed):
  2. Sharan Kumar Limbale. The Outcaste. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2003.
  3. Om PrakashValmiki. Jhootan.
  4. BalbirMadhopuri. ChangiaRukh. Trans. Tripti Jain. New Delhi. Oxford UP, 2010.

 

  1. d) Drama (non-detailed):
  2. A. Santhakumar. Dreamhunt. M. Dasan, et al, eds. The Oxford Anthology of Malayalam Dalit Writing.

New Delhi: Oxford UP, 2012. Pp. 168-179.

  1. K. Gunashekaran. Touch. Ravikumar and Azhagarasan, eds. The Oxford Anthology of Tamil Dalit

            Writing.Oxford UP, 2012.Pp 163-168.

 

  1. e) Fiction (non-detailed):
  2. PotheriKunhambu. SaraswathiVijayam. Trans. DilipMenon. New Delhi: The Book Review Literary

Trust, 2002.

  1. GoguShyamala. Father May Be an Elephant and Mother only a Small Basket, But…. New Delhi:

Navayana, 2012.

  1. P. Sivakami. The Grip of Change and Author’s Notes.Translated by the Author. Hyderabad: Orient

BlackSwan, 2006.

  1. Paul Chirakkarode. “Nostalgia.”Dasan, et al, eds. Pg. 61.
  2. C. Ayyappan. “Madness.”Dasan, et al, eds. Pg. 68.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 8: Writing for the Media [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

 

  1. Dynamics of communication
  2. Types of communication
  3. Uses and functions of Mass Communication
  4. Types of writing – essays, features, monographs/abstracts
  5. Writing for the print medium
  6. Literature and Mass Media
  7. Writing for the Broadcast Media
  8. Computer as a Mass Medium.

Unit 1

Communication – Definitions and types – interpersonal communication, intrapersonal communication, gestures, chemical communication, proxemics – communication and culture – ‘Mass culture’, Popular culture’, and Folk culture’ – communication and language – Mass Communication – major Mass Media – their characteristics and functions.

Unit 2

Writing for the print medium – news – types, structure, values – basics of reporting – newspaper, magazine, newsletter – reporting skills – types of reporting – crime, court, civil, political, business, science and technology, sports, culture – writing techniques – OP-ED, letter to the Editor, film review, book review, sports review – terms used in broadcast journalism – print medium and Indian Independence Struggle.

Unit 3

Writing for the Broadcast Media – Radio – Radio Journalism – key elements of radio writing – preparation of radio news – characteristics of a radio script – radio feature, documentary, drama, interview, discussions, and commercials/jingles – future of radio – TV – similarities and differences between print and broadcast journalism – writing for visuals – Spots (TV ads ) and creation of spots —  live news reports – live shows – anchoring – interviews – terms used in TV journalism – Web writing – online journalism – features – interactivity – hypermedia – media studies

Books for reference:

David K. Berlo:          The Process of Communication

Marshall McLuhan:                                          Understanding Media

Ault, Emery, et al:                                            Mass Communication

George A. Miller:                                             The Psychology of Communication

Richard Keeble:                                               Newspaper Handbook

Thomas S. Kane:                                              The New Oxford Guide to Writing

Fred Fedle:                                                      Reporting for the Media

Bonime and Pohlmen:                                      Writing for the News Media

Robert McLeish:                                              Techniques of Radio Production

William Van Nostram:                                     Script writer’s Handbook

Delancy and Landow:                                      Hypermedia and Literary Studies

Allen Rosenthal                                                Writing, Directing and Producing Documentaries

Nigel D. Turton:                                  ABC of Common Grammatical Errors

 

Electives for Semester Four

Elective 9:  European Fiction    [6 hours/week]

  1. The beginnings of fiction in Europe
  2. Italian renaissance
  3. Contributions of Boccaccio, Rabelais and Cervantes.
  4. The Romantic Movement.
  5. The picaresque novel – Gothic novel – Historical Romance.
  6. Contributions of Goethe, Balzac, Stendal, Hugo, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka and Proust.
  7. Modernism in European fiction – 20th Century German novel – Thomas Mann – Herman Hesse–

20th century French novel – Camus – modern Italian fiction – Alberto Moravio.

  1. Neo Romanticism – Post-war Russian novel – Solzhenitsyn.
  2. Post-modernism – Milan Kundera.
  3. Contemporary Greek fiction – Kazantzakis.

 

Text Books

 

Non-detailed study

 

  1. Emile Zola:                                                                  Nana
  2. Thomas Mann:                                                            Death in Venice
  3. Fyodor Dostoevsky:                                                   Crime and Punishment
  4. Marcel Proust:                                                 Swann’s Way
  5. Gustave Flaubert:                                                        Madame Bovary
  6. Boris Pasternak:                                                          Doctor Zhivago
  7. Herman Hesse:                                                            Siddhartha
  8. Milan Kundera:                                                           The Joke
  9. Nikos Kazantzakis:                                                     Zorba the Greek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 10: American Literature    [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Historical background – colonization – European heritage
  2. Puritanism – Americanness of American literature – contributions of the 19th century
  3. Transcendentalism – Emerson, Thoreau, Poe
  4. Contributions of Dickinson – Whitman – Hawthorne – Melville – Mark Twain
  5. Lost generation – Hemingway – O’Neil – American Theatre
  6. New Critics
  7. Modernism – Frost – e. e. cummings – Carlos Williams – Wallace Stevens –Harlem Renaissance – Langston Hughes
  8. Dramatists – Miller – Tennessee Williams – Sam Sheppard
  9. Recent trends in American literature

Text Books

Detailed study

  • Poetry:

Walt Whitman:                         “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking”

Emily Dickinson:                    The following poems: –

254:   “Hope is the Thing with Feathers”

280:   “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain”

327:   “Before I Got My Eye Put Out”

465:   “I Heard a Fly Buzz when I Died”

1624: “Apparently with No Surprise”

Robert Frost:                                   “Birches” & “Fire and Ice”

Allen Ginsberg:                               “A Supermarket in California”

 

  • Prose:

Ralph Waldo Emerson:                  Self-Reliance

 

  • Drama:

Eugene O’ Neill:                            Emperor Jones

 

Non-detailed study

  • Poetry:

Edgar Allan Poe:                “Raven”

Sylvia Plath:                                   “Daddy”

Langston Hughes:                       “The Negro Mother”

William Carlos Williams:               “The Red Wheel Barrow”

  • Prose:

Wimsatt and Beardsley:          “The Intentional Fallacy”&“The Affective Fallacy”

 

  • Drama:

Arthur Miller:                                 The Crucible.

 

  • Fiction:

Hawthorne:                                    The Scarlet Letter

Faulkner:                            Light in August

Hemingway:                                   The Sun also Rises

 

Elective 11: Canadian and Australian Literatures [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. Literatures in Commonwealth countries
  2. Historical context of new literatures in English
  3. Ethnic and cultural diversity in Canada and Australia
  4. Multiculturalism Growth of ‘literatures’ of national cultures
  5. Language of resistance – colonial and postcolonial discourse
  6. Decolonization
  7. The Emergence of “Englishes”

 

Text Books

Detailed study

 

  • Poetry

Irving Layton:                                           “The Bull Calf”

Margaret Atwood:                                    “Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never be Written”

Claire Harris:                                             “Framed”

Chris Wallace Crabbe:                              “Melbourne”

Judith Wright:                                           “Woman to Man”

 

  • Prose

Northrop Frye                                            “Conclusion to A Literary History of Canada” in N. Frye,

Bush Garden, pp. 213-252.

John Maclaren                                            “Towards Decolonising Australia”

<http://vuir.vu.edu.au/17626/&gt;

Non-detailed Study

(a)  Poetry

Rienzi Crusz:                                             “The Elephant who would be a Poet”

Patterson:                                                              “Waltzing Matilda”

Dorothea Mackellar:                                 “My Country”

 

(b) Drama

Sharon Pollock:                                          Blood Relations

David Williamson:                                     Money and Friends

 (c) Fiction

RohintonMistry:                                   A Fine Balance

Carol Shields                                              The Stone Diaries

Patrick White:                                            Voss

Nevil Shute:                                         A Town like Alice

 

Suggested Reading:

BrajKachru:                                         The Alchemy of English

 

 

 

Elective 12: Translation Studies[6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

This course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of translation theory.  This would involve the study of the evolution of the concept of translation and the various strategies used in the process. It will examine the various forms of translation and carry a module on practical aspects, enabling the students to choose translation as a profession.

  1. Translation Studies as a discipline
  2. Central issues in translation
  3. Theories of translation
  4. Role of the translator
  5. Cultural turn in translation
  6. The politics of translation.
  7. Postcolonial translation studies
  8. Gender in translation
  9. Translation of religious texts
  10. Translation today

Unit I: Literary Translation: Domain, Debates     

  1. Walter Benjamin:                         The Task of the Translator
  2. Roman Jakobson:                         On the Linguistic Aspects of Translation
  3. Eugene Nida :                         Principles of Correspondence
  4. George Steiner:                         The Hermeneutic Motion
  5. Itamar Even-Zohar : The Position of Translated Literature within the Literary

Polysystem

  1. Susan Bassnett and Harish Trivedi: Of Colonies, Cannibals and Vernacular

 

Unit II: Literary Translation: Histories

  1. James S. Holmes: The Name and Nature of Translation Studies
  2. Sukrita Paul Kumar: Language as Content: Literary Translation into English

Unit III: LiteraryTranslation: Debates in India                                                                

  1. AyyappaPaniker: Towards an Indian Theory of Literary Translation
  2. GayatriChakravortySpivak : The Politics of Translation
  3. TejaswiniNiranjana: Introduction: History in Translation
  4. VanamalaViswanatha: Breaking Ties

Unit IV: Processes of Translation               

  1. J. C. Catford: Translation Shifts
  2. Jean-Paul Vinay and Jean Darbelnet: A Methodology for Translation
  3. G. Samuelsson-Brown: A Practical Guide for Translators
  4. M. Sofer: The Translator’s Handbook

 

 

Elective 13: Indian Feminist Thought  [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

A feminist is one who holds that there is gender discrimination in society and takes conscious measures to correct it. Though the awareness of gender based discrimination has been there in India from the earliest times, feminism as a concerted movement to contest this began only in the 1970’s. Many came forward to ensure justice for women and end sexism that exists in many forms. Hence, we have different kinds of feminism in India as there are in other parts of the world and this paper attempts to provide an overview of Indian Feminist Thought.

This paper is divided into four modules. The first module charts the contributions of feminist thought to intellectual debates in social engagement, cultural criticism, and epistemology since 1970. It will also briefly touch upon the origin and development of Indian Women’s Movement (IWM), which runs almost parallel to the awakenings in the intellectual domain. In fact, the paper will examine how both are mutually contributory. The second section will look into theories of gender that tries to grapple with contemporary issues. The third section broadens this perspective in the wider framework of the nation. The fourth section will look into the new challenges that feminists face. Three major issues are identified, viz, women’s reservation, sexual violence and visual representation.

 

  1. Women’s Studies methodology
  2. Political movements and representation of women
  3. Gendered Identity
  4. Question of rights
  5. Framing the nation/religion
  6. Narrating the self
  7. Demographic transition and reproductive health
  8. Women’s education
  9. Global capital/Countering global capital
  10. Feminisation of labour
  11. Violence against women
  12. Gender, culture, representation.

 

Module I: Women’s Studies, Women’s Movements

  1. Desai, Neera and MaithreyiKrishnaraj. “An Overview of the Status of Women in India.” Class,

      Caste, Gender: Readings in Indian Government and Politics. Ed. ManoranjanMohanty.Vol. 5.

New Delhi: Sage, 2004. 296-319.

  1. Sanghatana, Stree Shakti. “We Were Making History: Women and the Telangana Uprising.”

Feminist Review 37. Spring, 1991: 108-11.

  1. Dietrich, Gabriele. “Women, Ecology and Culture.” Gender and Politics in India. Ed. Nivedita

Menon. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1999. 72- 95.

  1. Rege, Sharmila. “Dalit Women Talk Differently.” Feminism in India. Ed. MaitreyiChaudhuri. New

Delhi: Kali for Women and Women Unlimited, 2004. 211-225.

 

Module II: Contemporary Theories of Gender

  1. Tharu, Susie and TejaswiniNiranjana. “Problems for a Contemporary Theory of Gender.” Ed.

NiveditaMenon. Gender and Politics in India. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1991. 494-525.

  1. Sangari, Kumkum. “The Politics of the Possible.” Interrogating Modernity: Culture and

Colonialism in India.Ed. TejaswiniNiranjaja and VivekDhareshwar. Calcutta: Seagull, 1993. 242–272.

  1. Viswanathan, Gouri. “The Beginning of English Literary Study.” Masks of Conquest. New Delhi:

Oxford UP, 1989.23-44.

  1. Spivak, GayatriChakravarti. “Can The Subaltern Speak: Speculations on the Widow Sacrifice.”

Wedge 7/8. Winter/ Spring, 1985: 120-130.

Module III: Women, Society and the Nation

  1. Karve, Iravathi. “The Kinship Map of India.” Family, Kinship and Marriage in India Patricia

Uberoi.New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1993. 50-73.

  1. Chakravarti, Uma. “Conceptualizing Brahminical Patriarchy in Early India: Gender, Class and

State.”Class, Caste, Gender: Readings in Indian Government and Politics. Ed. Manoranjan

Mohanty.Vol. 5.  New Delhi: Sage, 2004. 271-295.

  1. Velayudhan, Meera. “Growth of Political Consciousness among Women in Modern Kerala.”

Perspectives on Kerala History,Kerala State Gazetteer. Ed. P. J. Cheriyan. Vol. 2.

Thiruvananthapuram: Government of Kerala, 1999. 486- 511.

 

 Module IV: Contemporary Issues and New Challenges

  1. Karat, Brinda. “On Political Participation.” Survival and Emancipation: Notes from Indian

         Women’s Struggle.New Delhi: Three Essays Collectives, 2005. 117-151.

  1. Kishwar, Madhu. “Women and Politics: Beyond Quotas.” Economic and Political Weekly. 26, Oct

1996: 2867-2874.

  1. Menon, Nivedita. “Embodying Self: Feminism, Sexual Violence and the Law.” Subaltern

Studies.Ed. ParthaChatterji and PradeepJaganathan. Vol.11. New Delhi: PermanentBlack, 2003.67-105.

  1. Vindhya, U. “Battered Conjugality: The Psychology of Domestic Violence.” The Violence of

Normal Times.Ed. KalpanaKannabiran. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2005. 196-223.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 14: Travel Literature on India [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

The paper aimsto explore and study the wonderfully varied ingredients of a travel book: politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, art or magic. Even to possibly cross-fertilise the genre with other literary forms—biography, or anthropological writing—or, perhaps more interesting still, to follow in the traveller’s footsteps and muddy the boundaries of fiction and non-fiction by crossing the travel book with some of the wilder forms of the novel.

By the end of this course, students should be able to read the rhetoric of travel writing, demonstrate a sound knowledge of the various primary sources studied on the course and develop  the ability to engage with them critically to reach conclusions both about the society observed and the subjectivity of the observer. They must be able to critically engage with the theoretical issues involved with using colonial and travel literature as a source and critically engage with wider categories, concepts and issues such as race, gender, class, caste, criminality, coercion, resistance, identity etc.

The paper also intends to help the student to analyze travel texts different theoretical perspectives and historical methodologies and help to develop the ability to evaluate and use effectively the relevant information and the capacity for analytical and critical thinking.

At the end of the course it is expected that the student will be able to comprehend the theoretical positions of “gaze” and how it infiltrates society at large.

 

  1. The varied ingredients of a travel book: politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, art or magic.
  2. Cross-fertilization of the genre with other literary forms – biography, or anthropological writing.
  3. Analysis of the various primary sources on the course.
  4. Evaluate the ability to reach conclusions both about the society observed and the subjectivity of the observer.
  5. Critically engage with the theoretical issues involved with using colonial and travel literature.
  6. Concepts and issues such as race, gender, class, caste, criminality, coercion, resistance, identity etc.
  7. Different theoretical perspectives and historical methodologies.

 

Unit 1: Reversing the Gaze

It is an interesting turn of event to read the curiosity of a cultural encounter seen from the eyes of a native who visits a foreign land during the colonial period. In the following texts we can find Indians writing to define their identity and place abroad.

Detailed study:

MeeraKosambi, ed. &trans.   PanditaRamabai’s American Encounter: The Peoples of the United States

                                                (1889). Indiana UP, 2003.

Non-detailed study:

Fisher, M. H.,ed. The Travels of Dean Mahomet: An Eighteenth-Century Journey through India.

                                                London: U of California P, 1997.

 

Further reading:

Reina Lewis. Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation.Routledge, 1996.

Sara Mills. Discourses of Difference: An Analysis of Women’s Travel Writing and Colonialism.

Routledge, 1991.

 

 

Unit 2: British Writings on India

This section gives an introduction to the blasé tone of racial dominance rendered by the colonial British writings on India. It nevertheless looks at the concepts and issues such as race, gender, class, caste, criminality, coercion, resistance, identity etc inscribed in the texts.

Detailed study:

  1. H. Sleeman. Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official.Constable, 1893. (Available online)

Non-detailed study:

Fanny ParkesParlby. Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2001.

 

Further reading:

Nandini Bhattacharya, Reading the Splendid Body: Gender and Consumerism in Eighteenth-century British Writing on India. Delaware: University of Delaware P, 1998.

Pramod K. Nayar. “Marvelous Excesses: English Travel Writing and India, 1608–1727”, Journal of British Studies, 44, 2005, pp. 213–238.

Pramod K. Nayar. “The Sublime Raj: English Writing and India, 1750-1820.” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, No. 34. Aug. 21-27, 2004. pp. 3811-3817.

Ghose, Indira. Women Travelers in Colonial India: The Power of the Female Gaze.  Calcutta: Oxford UP, 1998.

Nair, J. “Uncovering the Zenana: Visions of Indian Womanhood in Englishwomen’s Writing, 1813- 1940”, Journal of Women’s History.vol. 2:1, 1990.

 

Unit 3: On the Threshold of the Twilight 

This session deals with the interesting points of view of travel writers of the 30s to 50s, who had divided opinions of the Raj as well as equally interesting views on the people of the Raj. Through a series of recaptured incidences and in the fictionalized travel experiences, we will be looking into the changing face of the Raj as well as the aesthetic progression of travel writing as a genre. This session will also give a contrary perspective to seeing travel writers as outriders of colonialism, attempting to demonstrate the superiority of western ways by “imagining” the east as decayed and degenerate.

Detailed study:

George Orwell. Burmese Days

Non-detailed study:

Aldous Huxley: Jesting Pilate: The Diary of a Journey

 

Further reading:

Nigel Leask. Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770-1840: “From an Antique Land”. Oxford UP, 2004.Introduction.

Mary Louise Pratt. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. Routledge, 1992.Introduction, “British Travel Writing and Imperial Authority”.

 

 

Unit 4: (a) Travels with(out) Colonial Burden and (b) Indian Travel Writing Masterpieces

  1. a) Travels with(out) the Colonial Burden:

After independence, the nature of the encounter altered. Indians were writing on their own terms, and debating national issues which had no requirement for an external opinion. By the end of the 20th century, fiction set in India written by foreigners, which had been a mainstay of earlier generations, had dried up. Instead there were travel books, the amateur passing through and catching local colour— scooters, cows, dialogue, etc. became more fashionable.

Detailed study:

WilliamDalrymple.                              The City of Djinns, 1993.

Non-detailed study:

Michael Wood.                                   The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey, 1995.

 

  1. b) Indian Travel Writing Masterpieces:

Not long after India’s economy was liberalised, a further change took place: its literature became globally desirable.   Indian travellers have by and large left their indelible mark on the literature of travel.

Detailed study:

Pico Iyer.                                             Video Night in Kathmandu.Vintage, 1989.

Non-detailed study:

AmitavGhosh.             In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale.

Vintage, 1994.

 

Further reading:

Bernard Cohn. “Notes on the History of the Study of Indian Society and Culture”, in An Anthropologist among the Historians and Other Essays. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1987. pp. 136-171.

Steven H. Clark. Travel Writing and Empire: Postcolonial Theory in Transit. Zed, 1999.

Casey Blanton. Travel Writing: The Self and the World. Routledge, 2002.Chapter 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 15:Film Studies [6 hours/week]

This course aims to introduce student to the language of cinema and also teach them how to ‘read’ a film.  It attempts to make familiar various aspects of film studies including film analysis, film history and film theory.  It would help in understanding the function of narrative in film and the social, cultural, and political implications of the film text.

The objective of this course is to enable literature students to read film texts and understand how they push forward the function of narrative. The attempt would be to make the students analyze the language of cinema, its development, the ideological implications of the image and the problems posed by notions of gaze. The essays prescribed would be sufficient in helping the student understand these aspects. The lectures should use a lot of clips from different films to illustrate the points. It is strongly recommended that films or film clips should be screened as often as possible for every essay to illustrate the points being made. Any film of the teacher’s choice other than the ones suggested may also be screened to illustrate specific topics. The four films selected for close analysis help in understanding the language, conventions, ideology and issues of representation and gaze in cinema. The other films for general viewing can be screened to create a greater awareness of and insight into the language, medium, genres and methods of cinema.

Course description – Topics to be covered

  1. What is Cinema?
  2. Grammar, composition and narrative logic in Cinema
  3. Film Language
  4. Film Form
  5. History of Cinema
  6. Film Movements
  7. Auteur Theory
  8. Film Genres
  9. Ideology and Cinema
  10. Representation and Cinema

 

Essential Reading:

  1. Sergei Eisenstein. “Word and Image”
  2. André Bazin. “The Evolution of the Language of Cinema”
  3. Jean Louis Baudry. “ Ideological Effects of Basic Cinematographic Apparatus”
  4. Laura Mulvey. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”
  5. MotiGokulsing and WimalDissanayake. “The Distinctiveness of Indian Popular Cinema”. In MotiGokulsing and WimalDissanayake, eds. Indian Popular Cinema: A Narrative of Cultural Change. Trent: Trentham, 1998.
  6. Films for Detailed Study/viewing:
  • Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin
  • John Ford’s Stagecoach
  • Mehboob’sMother India
  • AdoorGopalakrishnan’sElippathayam

 

(All essay and short questions only from Sections I and II)

 

 

Films for General Viewing:

Robert Wiene’sThe Cabinet of DrCaligari
Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game

Carl Theodore Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc

Chaplin’s Modern Times

Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain

Godard’s Breathless

Alain ResnaisHiroshima Mon Amour

Ozu’sTokyo Story

Guru Dutt’sPyaasa

Satyajit Ray’s PatherPanchali

RitwikGhatak’sMeghe Dhaka Tara

  1. G. George’s Yavanika

 

Reference Reading:

Leo Braudy& Marshall Cohen, eds. Film Theory and Criticism.New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999.

Jeffrey Geiger & R. L. Rutsky, eds. Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. New York: Norton, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective 16: Technologies of Self:  Writing Lives, Making History [6 hours/week]

Course description – Topics to be covered

The study of an individual’s life as a means to understand the times of which he or she forms an important part or cuts a representative figure has been regarded as a useful tool for historical understanding of a period. The recent interest in individual’s life goes beyond this and assumes that there are certain aspects of historical enquiry that are most usefully or even inevitably carried out through a study of the lives of individuals. On a closer inspection we find that several other domains of life at the level of practices, may not have as explicit a relationship to the corporeal as is thought of, or may be at  significant variance from the principles articulated in doctrinal texts. In fact the very lives of such texts may be traced by exploring the ways in which individuals and groups devise life practices which actualize these doctrines even as they transform them. Recent theoretical investigations on the technologies of the self, the possibilities of counter-history and practices of everyday life, allow an understanding of the intricate ways in which the social informs the constitution of individual lives. In this paper five examples of life writing are placed alongside five critical articles to allow a contrapuntal reading of the texts

1.    Culture, Politics, and Self-Representation

2.    Archives of the Self

3.    Double-Voiced Autobiographies

4.    Fictional Lives

5.    Righting the Self

6.    Life Writing and the Work of Mediation

7.    Gendered Life-Writing

8.    Life-Writing in the Postcolonial Context

9.    Life-Writing and Censorship

10.  The Pleasures of Reading Life-histories

Text Books

Reading list:

Wolpert, Stanley. Gandhi’s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.

Namboodirippad, KanippayyurSankaran. EnteSmaranakal. Kunnamkulam: Panchangam, 1965.

Menchu,  Rigoberta. I, RigobertaMenchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. London: Verso, 1984.

Viramma and Josiane and Jean Luc Racine.Viramma: Life of an Untouchable. London: Verso, 1997.

Levi, Primo. If this is a Man. London: Abacus, 1979.

Kadar, Marlene. “Coming to Terms:  Life Writing: From Genre to Critical Practice.” In Essays on Life Writing: From Genre to Critical Practice. Ed. Marlene Kadar.U of Toronto P, 1992.

Arnold, David and Stuart H. Blackburn.  “Introduction:  Life Histories in India.” In Telling Lives In India: Biography, Autobiography and Life History. Ed. David Arnold and Stuart H. Blackburn.Indiana UP,2004.

Arata, Luis O. “The Testimonial of RigobertaMenchú in a Native Tradition”. In Teaching and Testimony: Ed. Allen Carey-Webb and Stephen Benz.  New York: SUNY P, 1996.

Rege, Sharmila. “Debating the Consumption of Dalit Autobiographies: The Significance of Dalit

Testimonio.” In Writing Caste Writing Gender: Reading Dalit Women’s Testimonios. By

SharmilaRege.Zubaan, 2006.

Agamben, Giorgio. Section 1 (Witness). From Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive. Zone, 2002.

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