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We were selected to host an interaction with the internationally known playwright Eve Ensler.
English Honours Programme: 12 credits
Faculty Profile – Dept of English Senior College
English Department Syllabus and Teaching and Examination Structure
The first two papers of the English syllabus, Papers I and II are designed around genres, given that is a rudimentary and a fundamental approach to the study of literature which makes these introductory papers accessible and lays the ground for a more critical leap towards thematic and theoretical studies. Papers III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX are structured around critical approaches and areas of enquiry or through the examination of literatures of a historical period. Papers such as ‘Post-colonial Literature’ and ‘Popular Culture’ are particularly reflective of the incorporation of recent surges and shifts globally in the area of literary studies that seek to interrogate historical locations of writing, critical theory and engagement with world literature, with a view towards moving away from traditional, colonial approaches to the subject. Of even greater importance is the emphasis on literatures of one’s one; engagement with Indian writing, both contemporary and pre-modern.
Examination method for all papers is the semester exam system, divided into first semester exams held in October and second semester exams held in March-April. Some papers require assignments or projects for submission the details of which are mentioned in the required sections.
Paper I Reading Fiction and Drama
Objective: The First Year paper focuses on the Short Story and the Novel and Drama. The short stories include the works of both Indian and European writers once again, such as Anton Chekov, Guy de Maupassant, Rabindranath Tagore and Premchand. The selections in the paper seek to represent texts from different cultures and avoid a eurocentric approach to literature. The aim is to teach the texts through close-reading of character, plot, narrative structure and also place them within socio-political contexts for an engagement with the themes and issues in the texts. Comparative readings of the stories are encouraged.
Method of Teaching: Lectures and classroom discussions
Term I: Short Story and Novel
Term II: Drama; Pygmalion and Ghasiram Kotwal
Paper IIEnglish : Paper II : Reading Poetry
Objective: To introduce the students to various forms of poetry, make them aware of the others forms and train them in some basic scansion of a poem
Teaching Methodology: Lectures and group discussion
Paper III Indian writing in English and Indian Literature in Translation
Objective:This paper examines Indian poetry , drama and fiction in the context of developments in political and social consciousness from the anti colonial struggle to the present. It traces the influence of the nationalist movement , dalit movement, partition and modernist and post modernist thought on Indian writing.
Teaching Methodology: Lectures and classroom discussions
Paper IV British Literature from 1550 – 1750
Objective: This paper is taught at the Third (Final) Year to English Major students.
The genres covered are Drama, Poetry and Prose. The 3 periods covered are: Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration.
Texts are selected based on important movements that took place in the two centuries covered, and the writings of distinguished writers/poets/playwrights of the period,to give the student a comprehensive knowledge of the importance of the age, and its contribution to the History of English Literature.
Teaching Methodology: Includes lecture method, debate and discussion; the classes are highly interactive. Classroom presentations by students on completion of a topic and written assignments are encouraged.
Terms I and II:
Selected verse from the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration periods.
Elizabethan Period: Spenser
Jacobean Period: Donne
Background Study of the 3 periods
The Elizabethan Age – (1550 – 1600)
The Jacobean and Caroline Age (1601 – 1650)
The temper of the age: the shift from the Elizabethan sensibility, and the impact of the shift on the literature of the period.
The Restoration Age (1660 onwards)
The re- establishment of the monarchy after the fall of the Protectorate: the first appearance of women on the English stage: The Comedy of Manners.
A survey of the poetry, drama and prose of the period, including the literary
Movements with which the following are associated:
Paper V English Language and Literary Criticism
Objective: To explore the origins, structures and variation of the English language and the critical approaches that guide its study
Teaching Methodology: Lectures, Group Discussion, Class Presentation, Verbal and linguistic exercises and Exercises in Application of theory and analysis of passages.
Term I and II: History of English language
Structure of English language
Paper VI Popular Culture\
Objective: This paper seeks to expand the boundaries of the discipline of English literature further, and includes Culture Studies in the lit.
Teaching Methodology: Lectures and classroom discussions. Since an examination of different media is involved we encourage presentations and screening films for critique and analysis.
Term I: The concept of popular culture, the scope of the topic and various theoretical schools such as Marxism, Feminism, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism.
Term II: We examine and interrogate various popular cultural genres such as fantasy, comic strip, romance, detective fiction, films, advertisements are analysed apart from the impact of globalisation on popular culture. This paper is wide-ranging in terms of its theoretical anchoring and the variety of cultural texts it covers.
Testing: At the end of the second term students are expected to submit a project on any popular genre or text and are expected to apply their theoretical knowledge to those texts. The project is marked on 20 and these marks are included in the final graduation results.
Paper VIII Literature in English (1750 – 1900)
Objective: This paper aims at exploring the complex and varied social, political and aesthetic thought that spans the long 18th century to what is commonly known as 'the Victorian age'. It is attempts a balance and comparative study of the various genres of the time, various aesthetic groups and movements as well as relating the shifting currents of thought to the development of literature in this vast period.
Teaching Methodology: Lectures, classroom discussion, class presentations and reliance on reading around and beyond the prescribed texts.
Victorian Age Impact of Industrialisation and Carlyle’s response, the Reform Acts, and the process of democratization, Scientific thought; The age of Faith and doubt; the novel, poetry, prose and drama in the Victorian age. Utilitarianism, Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, Oxford Movement.
Novel Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native
Paper VIII 20th Century Literature in English
Objective: This paper examines 20th century literature in English in its socio-political context. Students are introduced to philosophical and psychological developments which influenced the literature of this age. It also traces the rise of new literature in English with special reference to Indian writing in English.
Teaching Methodology: Lectures, classroom discussions, presentations.
Terms I and II
The paper includes the following sections-
Paper IX Postcolonial Literatures
Objectives: This paper delves into the complex cultural politics of colonisation. Apart from introducing seminal critical works such as Orientalism,Culture and Imperialism, Black Skin White Masks, etc, the paper offers an exposure to African, Canadian and Indian postcolonial literatures that explore and challenge colonial paradigms of thought.
Teaching Methodology and Testing: Beyond lectures and classroom discussions, this paper requires extensive reading in postcolonial theory and in literature and requires a project submission as in paper VI.
English Communication Skills
Objective: To equip students who already have basic abilities in reading and writing with the higher level skills of:
This is an Applied Component offered by the English Department at the SYBA level.
Objective: To explore the nuances of various issues that impact the lives of women.
This is an Applied Component offered by The English Department at the SYBA level.
Objective: The objective of this paper is to highlight the impact of advertising on the socio-economic growth of the nation and to acquaint the students with the conceptual and practical aspects of the subject.
Teaching Methodology: Classroom lectures are complemented by guests lectures and by conducting seminars and workshops by professionals in advertising.
Testing: Terminal Examinations
This paper is an Applied Component offered by the English Department at the SYBA level
Objective: This paper introduces the students to the priciples of journalism and world of reporting, editing and journalistic writing.
Teaching Methodology: Apart from classrooms lectures reputed journalists are invited to conduct workshops to make the course more interactive and more effective.
Testing: Terminal examinations