KKHSOU Syllabus And B.A. Final Result Examination 2011 Declared

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Result of B.A Final Examination and Syllabus of M.A (English/Sociology/Assamese/Education/Social Work) 2011

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MA English Syllabus
KKHSOU, Guwahati
The M A English syllabus has been designed keeping in mind that learners who take up this
course are to be introduced to the main ideas of English Literature. The M A English Programme
begins with a basic introduction to English literature, its various sources and forms. However, as
the Semesters progress, new areas of literature and literary studies are also introduced. The M A
English Programme aims to generate an interest in literature, inculcate a spirit of critical enquiry
and develop analytical, critical and creative faculties in learners.
The MA English Programme will also deal with the English critical traditions starting with
classical criticism to the theoretical concerns in the later part of the twentieth century. The
syllabus thus prescribes some of the basic texts which contribute to the understanding of
criticism and literary theory. Other than these, this syllabus includes compulsory papers on
Language and Linguistics, Indian English Literature and American Literature. In Semester IV,
learners will get an opportunity to take optional course.
The MA English Syllabus comprises 4 Semesters with 16 courses. Each Semester will have 4
courses. All courses are compulsory. Each course will carry 100 marks out of which 20 marks
will be reserved for Home Assignment. For each course, learners will have to answer five long
questions of 12 marks each and four short notes/Explanation with reference to context of 5 marks
each. However, the distribution of marks per question may also vary.
Semester I
Course 1 History of English Literature and Its Contexts
Course 2 Literary Forms
Course 3 English Poetry from Chaucer to the Neoclassical
Course 4 English Drama from Elizabethan to Restoration
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Semester I
Course 1: History of English Literature and Its Contexts
This paper is designed to introduce you to English social, cultural and literary history. This paper
is divided into two sections that comprise total 11 units. The two Sections will roughly cover the
period after the Norman Conquest till our own times in the Twentieth century. Thus, this course
has to be understood in terms of ideas, cultural formations and politics, and literary practices, all
of which have shaped the large gamut of English literature.
Section A will introduce you to the larger social and historical issues related to the emergence of
literature so that you can make connections between the works of the authors and their contexts.
This section will thus give you an idea of the significant developments in English social and
cultural history. The purpose is to familiarise you with the conditions under which the English
authors were constrained to write and publish their works. You are strongly advised to
familiarise yourself with the significant socio-historical and cultural events that became
instrumental in bringing in certain marked changes in the intellectual pursuits of England.
Section B, in order to explore how every work has a proper historical context, seeks to explore
how writers at a given period tend to have certain similar concerns and attitudes. An awareness
of the historical and social contexts of the writer tells us what we expect to encounter in a
particular literary age. This section will help you to make a brief overview of the different
periods of English literary history with references to the important authors and their works.
Section A: English Social History
Contents:
Unit 1 Social and Cultural History of Medieval England I
Unit 2 Social and Cultural History of Medieval England II
Unit 3 Renaissance and Humanism
Unit 4 Enlightenment
Unit 5 Industrialism
Unit 6 Colonialism and Imperialism
Section B: History of English Literature
Contents:
Unit 7 The Medieval Age
Unit 8 The Renaissance
Unit 9 Restoration and After
Unit 10 The Romantic Age
Unit 11 The Victorian and Modern Age
Recommended Readings:
David Daiches : A Critical History of English Literature Vol I & II
Andrew Sanders : A Short Oxford History of English Literature
G. M. Travellyan : English Social History
Asa Briggs : A Social History of England
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Boris Ford (Ed.) : The New Pelican Guide to English Literature (All Vols)
Bibhash Choudhury : English Social & Cultural History: An Introductory Guide
Denis Hays : The New Cambridge Modern History (All Vols)
Course 2: Literary Forms
There are at least two contexts under which a literary work has to be studied—the Generic
context and the Historical context. A literary genre denotes a loose set of criteria for a category
of literary composition, depending on specific literary techniques, tone or content. In the
classical period, the major literary genres were recognized as epic, tragedy, lyric, comedy and
satire. In the modern period however, the main generic division of literature has been made into
poetry, drama, and novel. Each of these genres, at the same time, has several subgenres which
have enriched the scope of the particular genre. For example, poetry is subdivided into epic, lyric
and dramatic. Similarly, subdivisions of drama include comedy and tragedy, while comedy itself
has subgenres like farce, comedy of manners, burlesque, satire, and so on. To be even more
flexible, different hybrid terms have been used like ‘prose poem’, ‘tragicomedy’ or ‘speculative
fiction’. Even fiction writing may involve a lot of innovations enriched by current scientific
theory, such as stories based on faster‐than-light travel. Aptly entitled “Forms of Literature”, this
course is intended to introduce you to the four basic forms of literature, namely Poetry, Drama,
Fiction and Non-fictional Prose.
We can never be too ambitious while presenting these units to you. This is because there has
never been and can never be a consistent division of works in the name of literary forms and
genres mainly because they may either be changed constantly or be challenged by both authors
and critics. While discussing these forms we have concentrated mainly on the English literary
tradition. We have also tried to avoid history and have relied more on the technical aspect of
each of the forms although reference to history is done only to discuss the formal development of
the particular genre. Poetry, Drama and Prose have been the most common literary types found
in any literary culture. However, the inclusion of Non-fictional Prose in this course is done
keeping in view the growing importance and popularity of Non-fictional writings like Travel
Narratives and Life Writing. We suggest that you read the four units of this course as a launch
pad to study the contents of the other courses prescribed in your syllabus in the light of what you
have learnt in this course.
Contents:
Unit 1 Poetry
Unit 2 Drama
Unit 3 Fiction
Unit 4 Non-Fictional Prose
Recommended Readings:
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David Daiches : A Critical History of English Literature Vols I & II
Andrew Sanders : A Short Oxford History of English Literature
M H Abrams : A Glossary of Literary Terms
John Peck and Martin Coyle : Literary Terms and Criticism
J A Cuddon : The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory
: Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
Boris Ford (Ed.) : The New Pelican Guide to English Literature (All Vols)
Course 3 English Poetry from Chaucer to the Neoclassical
This course intends to introduce you to the realm of English poetry from the time of Geoffrey
Chaucer of the fourteenth century to the Neoclassical poets like John Dryden and Alexander
Pope of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. If we start with Chaucer as the starting point of
English poetry, we find that Chaucer belongs to a period roughly called Medieval English that
spans from 1066 to about 1550. The most distinguishing feature of this period is that it is
markedly Christian. However, the essentially religious character of poetry starts to dissolve
during the Renaissance period which can be approximately dated back to 1500-1660. A new
stress on individuality and inwardness is an emerging element in the poetry of this period. This
makes us think that the seeds of modern literature began to sprout from this period mainly
because the kind of language used in this period resembles the language used today. This is also
the time for the flourish and perfection of the English sonnets the greatest exponent of which is
William Shakespeare. Shakespearean sonnets basically deal with the theme of love and the
problems faced by lovers.
Seventeenth century poets still recognized God as the source of order. Yet secular elements
began to emerge with the Metaphysical poets like John Donne who excelled in his use of witty
paradoxes and ingenious ideas. However, towards the end of the century, the focus of literature
becomes almost entirely secular. Explicitly religious poetry is replaced by social poetry best
represented by John Dryden and Alexander Pope. T. S. Eliot later very aptly observes that Donne
made poetry out of a learned but colloquial dialogic speech, Dryden out of the prose of political
oratory, and Pope out of the most polished drawing room manner. Milton and Dryden are also
hailed as the greatest prose writers of their time. Some critics tend to ignore the eighteenth
century poetry on grounds that it is ‘prosaic’. But, we have to use the term ‘prosaic’ as meaning
not only ‘like prose,’ but as ‘lacking poetic beauty’. So we ought to distinguish between poetry
which is like ‘good prose’, and which is like ‘bad prose’. It was however, Dryden who appeared
to cleanse the language of verse and bring it back to the prose order. For this reason, he has been
considered a great poet by none other than T. S. Eliot. Moreover, the tradition of English satire in
the hands of Dryden becomes almost the lampoon as he had a special gift for farce, while Pope is
more personal than the true satirist. Dryden is, in the modern sense, humorous and witty, while
Pope is witty though not humorous. The inclusion of two famous poems by Dryden and Pope in
this course serves the purpose of representing the extraordinarily rich neoclassical period of
English poetry that gave a proper shape to the English language in general.
Contents:
Unit 1 Geoffrey Chaucer: The General Prologue
Unit 2 William Shakespeare: Sonnet 65 “Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor
boundless sea” & Sonnet 144 “Two loves I have of comfort and despair”
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Unit 3 John Donne: “The Sunne Rising” & “Death Be Not Proud”
Unit 4 John Milton: Paradise Lost: Books I
Unit 5 John Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel
Unit 6 Alexander Pope: The Rape of the Lock
Recommended Readings:
Helen Gardner : Metaphysical Poets
Boris Ford (Ed.) : The New Pelican Guide to English Literature, Vol. V, From
Dryden to Johnson
John Sitter (Ed.) : The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry
Bernard N. Schilling (Ed.) : Dryden: A Collection of Critical Essays
Ian Robert & James Jack : Augustan Satire: Intention and Idiom in English Poetry, 1660-1750
Boris Ford (Ed.) : The New Pelican Guide to English Literature, Vol. V, From
Dryden to Johnson
Judith O’Neill (Ed.) : Critics on Pope: Readings in Literary Criticism
Course 4 English Drama from Elizabethan to Restoration
This course intends to introduce the learners to four great early English dramatists—Christopher
Marlowe, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare and William Congreve. While Shakespeare is
represented through three plays selected from three different representative periods of his
dramatic career, Marlowe, Jonson and Congreve are represented through their well-known plays.
Thus, this paper will introduce learners to the great dramatic culture of the 16th and 17th century
England.
Contents:
Unit 1 Christopher Marlowe: The Jew of Malta
Unit 2 Ben Jonson: Volpone
Unit 3 William Shakespeare: Macbeth *
Unit 4 William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night or What You Will
Unit 5 William Shakespeare: The Tempest *
Unit 6 William Congreve: The Way of the World *
Recommended Readings:
Douglas Bush : English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660
Harry Levin : The Overreacher: A Study of Christopher Marlowe
G. E. Bentley : Shakespeare and Jonson: Their Reputations in the Seventeenth Century
Compared
Ralph Kaufmann (Ed) : Elizabethan Drama: Modern Essays in Criticism
L. C. Knight : Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson.
G. Wilson Knight : The Wheel of Fire
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David Riggs : Ben Jonson
Stephen Greenblatt : Shakespearean Negotiations
M. C. Bradbrook : “The Jew of Malta and Edward II.” in Themes and Conventions of
Elizabethan Tragedy
Harold Bloom : Elizabethan Drama
Alexander Lindsay (Ed): William Congreve
Alexander Laggatt : English Stage Comedy 1490-1990
Gerald Maclean (Ed) : Culture And Society in the Stuart Restoration: Literature, Drama and
History
A C Bradley : Shakespearean Tragedy

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