B.A. English

St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
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  • Kolkata
  • Duration:
    3 Years
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B.A. English

SEMESTER I
History of Literature 1A: An introduction to the study of the History of English Literature
1B: Old English and Middle English
1C: Elizabethan and Jacobean period
1D: History of the English Essay
Poetry 1A: Poetry: Form, Language and Interpretation (literary terms)
1B: Substance writing and critical appreciation
1C: Sidney: Loving in truth OR Spenser: One day I wrote her name upon the Strand
1 D: Shakespeare: Sonnets 18, 73 & 116
Prose 1A: Francis Bacon: Of Studies; Of Travel (any one essay)
Charles Lamb: Dream Children: A Reverie; The Superannuated Man (any one
essay)
A.C. Benson : The Art of the Essayist
1B: D.H Lawrence: The White Stocking
E.M.Forster: The Eternal Moment

SEMESTER II
History of Literature 2A: Restoration and 18th century Prose and Drama
2B: The English Novel: Origins to1832
Poetry 2A: Donne: The Good Morrow; Song: Go and catch a falling star
Vaughan: The Retreat
Marvell: To His Coy Mistress
2B: Rhetoric
Prose 2A: Austen: Pride and Prejudice or Emma
2B: Introduction to the Study of Fiction (literary terms)
Drama 2A: Sheridan: The School for Scandal or The Rivals; or Goldsmith :She
Stoops to Conquer

SEMESTER III
History of Literature 3A: Restoration and 18th century Poetry
3B: Victorian Novel
History of Language: From Growth and Structure of the English Language by Otto Jesperson/ The
English Language by C. L. Wrenn:
: a) Latin, Greek, Scandinavian, French and American Influences (any two)
b) Native Resources
c) Shakespeare and the Language of Poetry
d) Influence of Bible
Poetry 3A: Milton: Paradise Lost - Book I
3B: Dryden: MacFlecknoe or Pope: The Rape of the Lock (First three Cantos)
Prose 3A: Dickens: Oliver Twist or Great Expectations or Hard Times
Drama 3A: Introduction to the study of Drama (literary terms)

SEMESTER IV
History of Literature 4A: Romantic poetry
4B: Victorian Drama
Poetry 4A: Gray : Elegy written in a Country Churchyard OR
Blake: The lamb, The Tyger, London, Garden of Love (any two poems)
4B: Wordsworth : Tintern Abbey, By the Sea (It is a beauteous evening)
Upon Westminster Bridge ( Earth has not anything to show more fair)
Coleridge : Kubla Khan
Shelley: Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark
Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale, Bright Star
Prose 4A: Hardy: The Return of the Native or The Mayor of Casterbridge or Far
from the Madding Crowd
OR
Emily Bronte : Wuthering Heights
Drama 4A: Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

SEMESTER V
* History of Literature 5A: Victorian poetry
5B: 20th century literature upto 2000
Poetry 5A: Tennyson : Ulysses
Browning: My Last Duchess, Porphyria's Lover
Arnold: Dover Beach
(Any Two poets)
Prose 5A: Conrad: Lord Jim or The Secret Agent or Lawrence: Sons and Lovers
Drama 5A: Shaw: Candida or Arms and the Man
Synge: Riders to the Sea
* History of Literature - Victorian poetry and 20th century literature upto 1970 - will
not be tested in the External Examination at the end of Semester V. You will be
required to submit a term paper on these periods.
Special paper: Elizabethan Drama:
Shakespeare: Twelfth Night or As You Like It
Shakespeare: Macbeth or Julius Caesar
Marlowe: Edward II or Doctor Faustus

SEMESTER VI
Poetry 6: Eliot: Preludes or Marina or The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Yeats: Sailing to Byzantium or An Acre of Grass
Owen: Spring Offensive
Dylan Thomas: Fern Hill
Auden: Shield of Achilles or Musee Des Beaux Arts
Ted Hughes: The Hawk in the Rain or The Thought Fox
(Any Four poets)
Drama 6: Osborne: Look Back in Anger or Beckett : Waiting for Godot
Prose 6: Short Stories:
Joyce: Araby
Mansfield: The Fly
Literary Essay (Including topics based on the background to 20th century literature and
American literature)
Special Paper: American Literature
Introduction to American Literature
Poetry : Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken; After Apple Picking
Langston Hughes: Harlem or The River
Sylvia Plath: The Moon and the Yew Tree; Tulips
Elizabeth Bishop: Filling Station
Wallace Stevens: The Emperor of Ice-Cream
(Any Three poets but any Four poems)
Drama : Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie or A Streetcar Named Desire
Prose A: Novel: (any two)
Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
B: Short Stories: (any two)
Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher
Hawthorne: The Minister's Wife
Steinbeck: The Chrysanthemums
Faulkner: The Bear
Alice Walker (story to be selected later)


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