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IIT Guwahati

 
Dr. Krishna Barua
IIT Guwahati

 

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This course seeks to impart, in both a compact and comprehensive manner, the necessary knowledge in English language and literature that an undergraduate student should possess. The course aims to help students understand English language and literature using a multi-faceted methodology that includes the historical, linguistic, literary and critical dimensions.

Modules:

  • Introduction to English Studies
  • History of the English Language
  • History of English Literature
  • Literary Genres
  • Literary Criticism
 

Modules

Lecture Topics and Contents

No of Lectures

1. Introduction to English Studies

Introduction
The Scope of English Studies
The English Language
The Alchemy of English
International English
The Globalization of English
World Englishes
The Rise of Cultural Studies

 

 

8

2.  History of the English Language

Introduction
Old English
Middle English
Early Modern English
Modern English
English in India

 

6

3. History of English Literature

 

 

The Age of Chaucer
The Age of Shakespeare
Milton and his Times
The Augustans
The Romantics
The Victorians
Modern Literature
Indian Writing in English

 

 

8

4.  Literary Genres

 

 

The Novel
Poetry
Drama
Essay
Short story
Biography
Autobiography

 

7

5. Literary Criticism

 

Classical Criticism
Liberal Humanism
Marxism
Feminism
Reader-response Criticism
New Historicism
Ecocriticism
Structuralism
Poststructuralism
Postcolonialism
Cognitivism

 

 

11

 

  1. Gerry Knowles, A Cultural History of the English Language, London; Arnold, 1997.

  2. Charles Barber, The English Language: A Historical Introduction, Cambridge UP, 1993.
  3. A C Baugh, A History of The English Language, Allied, 1991.
  4. Peter Barry, Beginning Theory, Manchester UP, 2002.
  5. David Crystal, English as a Global Language, Cambridge UP, 2012.
  6. Pramod K Nayar, Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory, Dorling Kindersley (India), 2010.
  7. E. Legouis and L. Cazamian. A History of English Literature. New Delhi: Macmillan, 1926.


  1. http://www.mla.org/
  2. http://litguide.press.jhu.edu/
  3. http://www.ielforum.org/

  1. William Whitla, The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Studies, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
  2. Indranee Ghosh, ed., History of the English Language: A Critical Companion, New Delhi: Worldview, 2004.
  3. Braj Kachru et al., eds., The Handbook of World Englishes, Blackwell, 2006.
  4. Dorothy J. Hale, The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1900-2000. Wiley- Blackwell, 2005.
  5. Andrew Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature. New Delhi: Oxford, 2006.
  6. Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005.
  7. David Daiches, A Critical History of English Literature I-IV, New Delhi: Allied Publishers.1979.


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