BA English Literature Syllabus MG University 1st year (1st and 2nd semenster)

                                                 First Semester

 Module    (1)                                                                        54 HOURS
 A :  Understanding the humanities - the scientific method – how humanities explore reality – the natural and social sciences – facts and interpretation –study of natural and subjective world- tastes, values and belief systems
 B:  Language ,culture and identity- language in history- language in relation to caste, class, race and gender- language and colonialism.

C: Narration and representation- what is narration-narrative modes of thinking- narration in literature, philosophy and history- reading. 

Module (2)                                                                       54 HOURS  

The following essays are to be dealt with intensively in relation with the methodological questions raised above(module 1)

1.Peter Barry :  “Theory before ‘theory’ – liberal humanism”. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. New York,Manchester. 1995. 11-38
2.Sudhir Kakar, Katharina Kakar. “The Hierarchical Man” The Indians: Portrait of a People. Penguin India, 2007. 7-24.
3.G. N. Devy. “ Introduction” in Sharankumar Limbale’s The Outcaste:Akkarmashi. New Delhi, OUP. 2008 xii-xxvi
4.V. Geetha. “God made you different, Nature made us different”. Gender. Calcutta: Stree, 2002 11-23
5.Fridrun Rinner. “The ArabianNights: Telling Stories as a means of escape from death” .Narrative. A Seminar. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1994 180-185.
Note on Course work

The teaching of the course will involve making the student enter into a sort of dialogue with some of the issues raised in the reading material given above.

 METHODOLOGYAND PERSPECTIVES OF HUMANITIES published by Pearson Longman 2009 (except chapter 4 “Indian Philosophy”)

 SOCIAL ROOTS OF LITERATURE. Edited by Dr.K.M.Krishnan and Tom Thomas; to be published by DC BOOKS and M. G.UNIVERSITY.

                                                    Second Semester

Module: I                                                                             18 HOURS

            What is literature—what is a text—major genres in textual studies
CORE TEXT: Mario Klarer. An Introduction to Literary Studies. Routledge, p. 1-62

Module: II                                                                            36 HOURS   

Periods of English literature—theoretical approaches to literature
CORE TEXT: Mario Klarer. An Introduction to Literary Studies. Routledge,
p. 63-96.
Module 3                                                                                                   36 Hours
Language Families
Indo-European Family of Languages-1. Branches of Indo-European  2. Home of the Indo Europeans-3. Main characteristics of Indo-European
Germanic family of Languages
1. Characteristics of the Germanic family  2. Grimm’s law 3. Verner’s Law
Periods in the History of English Language:
Old English Period 1. Old English Dialect 2. Old English vocabulary 3. Scandinavian Influence 4. Latin influence
Middle English Period: 1. Norman Conquest 2. French influence 3. The East Midland Dialect
Modern English Period- Early Modern English: 1. The Great Vowel Shift   2. Renaissance and Reformation     3. The invention of printing    4. Latin influence.
English Today: 1. The evolution of Standard English     2. English as a global language
      3. American English    4. Australian English     5. Indian English
Module  4                                                                                                         18 hrs.
 Influences on English                                     
1.      Renaissance    2. Reformation    3. Printing Press    3. Authors and Books- The Bible, Shakespeare, Milton.

Word Formation                                     
1.   Compounding     2. Derivation    3. Abbreviation    4. Onomatopoeic words    5. Syncopation    6. Metanalysis    7. Portmanteau words     8. Acronyms      9. Back-Formations
1. Generalisation  2. Specialisation  3.  Association of  Ideas  4. Euphemism    5. Popular

Books for General Reading:
1.      F T Wood. An Outline History of English Language. Macmillan.
2.      George Yule. The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press.
3.      David Crystal. The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language. Penguin.
4.      David Crystal. English as a Global Language. Cambridge University Press.
5.      G.L. Brook. Varieties of English. Macmillan.
6.      John Peck and Martin Coyle. A Brief History of the English Language. Palgrave.
7.      Pramod K. Nayar. A Short History of English Literature. Cambridge University Press.
8.      Andrew Sanders. The Short Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford University Press.