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The course aims to study contemporary literature in all its diversity. It examines genres, the 21st century novel, contemporary innovations, postcolonial literatures, postmodern poetics, plays, and theories and techniques of contemporary drama.


Designed to develop advanced understanding of cultural, social, intellectual and aesthetic contexts, it allows students to engage with some of the most exciting writings of the post WWII era. 

 

Lecture No.

Topic

1

Defining the Postmodern

2

The English Patient

  • Introduction
  • Life of Michael Ondaatje

3

The English Patient

  • The story
  • The text

4

The English Patient

  • Narrative
  • Themes & style

5

  The English Patient

  • Characterization
  • Conclusion

6

Introduction to Drama

7

The Dumb Waiter

  • Introduction
  • Harold Pinter: Life & works

8

The Dumb Waiter

  • The story
  • The text

9

The Dumb Waiter

  • Narrative
  • Themes & style

10

The Fall

  • Life of Albert Camus

11

The Fall

  • Story
  • Text

12

The Fall

  • Narrative
  • Themes & style
  • Characterization
  • Conclusion

13

Introduction to Short Story

  • Salman Rushdie’s The Firebird

14

Introduction to Short Story

  • Hanif Kureishi’s A Meeting, at Last

15

Six Degrees of Separation

  • Life & times of John Guarre
  • Influences

16

Six Degrees of Separation

  • Introduction
  • Story

17

Six Degrees of Separation

  • Themes
  • Techniques

18

Contd…

19

Six Degrees of Separation

  • Conclusion

20

Clara

  • Introduction
  • Life of Arthur Miller

21

Clara

  • Story
  • Text

22

Clara

  • Narrative
  • Themes & style
  • Characterization
  • Conclusion

23

Asian-American Literature

  • Introduction

24

Asian-American Literature

25

Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

26

Contd…

27

Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth

  • Life of Tom Stoppard
  • Stoppard’s Influences

28

Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth

  • Introduction
  • Story

29

Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth

  • Themes
  • Techniques

30

Contd….

31

Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth

  • Characterization
  • Conclusion

32

The Remains of the Day

  • Introduction
  • Life of Kazuo Ishiguro

33

The Remains of the Day

  • The story
  • The text

34

The Remains of the Day

  • Themes
  • Techniques

 

35

The Remains of the Day

  • Characterization
  • Conclusion

36

Nagamandala

  • Introduction
  • Life of Girish Karnad

37

Nagamandala

  • Story
  • Text

38

Nagamandala

  • Conclusion

39

Selected Poems:

  • Introduction to Poetry

Philip Larkin: Ambulances
Pablo Neruda: Ode to Clothes
Adrienne Rich: Rape and Amnesia
Ted Hughes: The Thought Fox
Michael Ondaatje: Application for a Driving License

40

 Maya Angelou

  • Life and works
  • On the Pulse of the Morning
  • Themes & style

Familiarity with contemporary world literature.


  1. Camus, Albert. The Fall.  London: Penguin, 1963.

  2. Guare, John. Six Degrees of Separation. New York: Vintage, 1994.

  3. Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day. New York: Vintage, 1993.

  4. Karnad, Girish. Nagamandala. New Delhi: OUP, 1990.

  5. Kureishi, Hanif. “A Meeting, At Last”. In Telling Tales. Nadine Gordimer (ed). London: Bloomsbury, 2004.

  6. Miller, Arthur. Clara. In Plays: Four. London: Methuen, 1981.

  7. Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient. London: Picador, 1992.

  8. Pinter, Harold. The Dumb Waiter. In Complete Works of Harold Pinter. Vol 1 . New York: Grove, 1994.

  9. Rushdie, Salman. “Firebird”. In Telling Tales.

  10. Stoppard, Tom. Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth. London: Faber & Faber, 1980.

  11. Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Vintage, 1998.


  1. http://elab.eserver.org/hfl0256.html

  2. http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Novel.html

  3. http://www.nobleworld.biz/images/Abu_Baker5.pdf

  4. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6986/is_1-2_5/ai_n28532800/

  5. http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Sidhwa.html

  6. http://www.ianmcewan.com/bib/articles/chetrinescu.html

  7. http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/tan.html

  8. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Sparta/6997/mosaic.html

  9. http://www.enotes.com/six-degrees

  10. http://www.levity.com/corduroy/stoppard.htm

  11. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/aug/26/featuresreviews.guardianreview17

  12. http://culturatti.com/2006/09/22/bringing-iran-to-the-west-marjane-satrapis-persepolis/


Selected literature

  1. Calvino, Italo. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, trans. William Weaver, London: Picador, 1982.

  2. Conroy, Pat. The Prince of Tides. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1986.

  3. Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose, trans. William Weaver. New York: Warner Books, 1984.

  4. Garcia, Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude, trans. Gregory Rabassa. London: Picador, 1982.

  5. Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, trans. Michael Henry Heim. London: Faber & Faber, 1989.

  6. Lodge, David. Small world: An Academic Romance. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1985.

  7. Oz, Amos. A Perfect Peace. London: Vintage, 1993.

  8. Rushdie, Salman. The Moor’s Last Sigh. London: Vintage, 1996.

  9. Sidhwa, Bapsi. Cracking India. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1991.

  10. Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. New York, Grove Press, 1967.

Selected criticism

  1. Ahmed, Aijaz. “In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures”.  Postcolonial Criticism. Eds. Gilbert et al.  Edinburgh: Longman, 1997.

  2. Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. London: Verso, 2006.

  3. Ashcroft, Bill,et al. The Empire writes back.  2nd edition. London: Routledge, 1989.

  4. Bakhtin, Mikhail. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, trans. Caryl Emerson & Michael Holquist. Austin: Texas University Press, 1981.

  5. Bentley, Eric. The Theory of the Modern Stage. London: Penguin, 1968.

  6. Bigsby, Christopher. The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture. Cambridge: CUP, 2006.

  7. Bradbury, Malcolm. The Novel Today: Contemporary Writers on Modern Fiction. London: Fontana Press, 1990.

  8. Cohan,  Steven and Shires, Linda M (eds). Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative Fiction. New York: Routledge, 1988.

  9. Currie, Mark (ed). Metafiction. London: Longman, 1995.

  10. Gandhi, Leela. Postcolonial Theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998.

  11. Genette, Gerard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, trans. Jane E. Lewin. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1980.

  12. Lodge, David (ed). Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. Essex: Pearson Education Ltd., 1988.

  13. McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction. London: Methuen, 1987.

  14. Ricoeur, Paul. “Narrative Time”. Critical Inquiry 7, 1: 169-190, 1980.

  15. Rushdie, Salman. Imaginary Homelands. London: Granta, 1992.

  16. Walder, Dennis. Post-Colonial Literatures in English: History, Language, Theory. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.




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