M.A. in English Literature

Bharathiar University
In Coimbatore

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  • Coimbatore
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PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES : To build further linguistic and thinking capacities of students. To enable students to design models of interpretation and explanations through strategic. thinking. To equip students with historical, literary and cultural dimensions of English studies. To train students in extracting processes and principles from the prescribed texts. To enable students to identify passages in te

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A candidate who (1) has passed B.A. Degree Examination of this University with Branch XII - English as the Main subject of study or (2) is a Graduate in B.A. and B.Sc. with part II English, Or (3) an examination of other universities accepted by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto shall be permitted to appear and qualify for M.A. Degree Examination of this University in this Branch

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PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES :
To build further linguistic and thinking capacities of students
To enable students to design models of interpretation and explanations through strategic
thinking
To equip students with historical, literary and cultural dimensions of English studies
To train students in extracting processes and principles from the prescribed texts
To enable students to identify passages in texts for case study in
soft/communicative/cognitive skills
To enable students write essays demonstrative of critical thinking


SEMESTER I -PAPER I - CHAUCER AND THE ELIZABETHAN AGE
(07ENGC01)
Objectives :
· To expose students to early English Literature and transition from middle English to the
Elizabethan ethos
· To introduce students to representative texts
Unit I
Chaucer - Prologue to Canterbury Tales (The Knight, The Prioress, The Wife
of Bath, The Doctor of Physic, The Pardoner)
Unit II
John Donne - The Sun Rising, Canonisation
Unit III
Dominant Poetic Forms of the Period : Sonnet, Ballad and Lyric
Spenser - Prothalamion
Surrey - 'Of Soote Season'
Wyatt - 'I find no peace and all my war is done'
Sidney - 'The Nightingale as soon as April Bringeth'
Marlowe - 'The Passionate Shepherd to his love'
Ballads - 'Sir Patrick Spens'; 'The Wife of the Usher's Well'
Unit IV
Ben Jonson - The Alchemist
John Webster - The Duchess of Malfi
Unit V
Francis Bacon - 'Of Ambition', 'Of Love'
The Gospel According to St.Mark
(King James' Authorized version)

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER I -PAPER II - THE NEOCLASSICAL AGE
(07ENGC02)
Objectives :
· To expose students to the shift in Classical tradition in literary and political terms
· To enable students to perceive and appreciate experimentation in literary forms
· To train the students to analyse the trends in literary expression of the period
Unit I
Milton - Paradise Lost Book IX
Unit II
Marvell - 'To his Coy Mistress'
Dryden - 'Absolam and Achitopel'
Pope - 'The Rape of the Rock'
Unit III
Goldsmith - She Stoops to Conquer
Sheridan - The School for Scandal
Unit IV
Addison - From the Coverley Papers:
1. Sir Roger at Church
2. Sir Roger at Assizes
Jonathan Swift - The Battle of the Books
Unit V
Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
- Gulliver's Travel
Lilliput Section

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER I - PAPER III -THE ROMANTIC AGE AND THE VICTORIAN AGE
(07ENGC03)
Objectives :
· To expose students to the impact of ever changing trends brought about by social and
scientific developments
· To enable them to identify and analyse diverse literary devices
· To enable them comprehend and explain the dialectic between Neo Classicism and
Romanticism
Unit I
Coleridge - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Shelley - Ode to the West Wind
Wordsworth - Tintern Abbey
Keats - Ode to a Nightingale
Unit II
Tennyson - In Memoriam
Browning - My Last Duchess
Arnold - The Dover Beach
Unit III
Charles Lamb - Dissertation upon a Roast Pig
Arnold - Sweetness and Light
William Hazlitt - My First Acquaintance with Poets
Carlyle - On Shakespeare (The Hero as Poet)
Unit IV
Wilde - Lady Windermere's Fan
UNIT V
Jane Austen - Emma
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
ELECTIVE I : THINKING AND COGNITION
(07ENGE01)
Objectives :
· To orient students to form perspectives on thinking and cognition
· To enable students to reflect on their own thinking and cognitive processes
and develop skills.
Unit I:
"The Nature of Thinking and Thinking Skills" - pp. 8-23
Frameworks for thinking :
A Handbook for Teaching
David Mosley et. al.
Cambridge University Press
Unit II:
The Six-Thinking Hats Method (Edward De Bono)
Unit III:
"Cognitive Psychological Foundations of Narrative Experiences" - pp. 33-52
Richard J.Gerrig and Giovanna Egidi in Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences
Ed.David Herman, CSLI Publications
Unit IV:
" Multiple Intelligences," - pp. 113-124
Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching
Richards and Rodgers, Cambridge University Press
Unit V:
"Neuro Linguistic Programming" - pp. 125-131
Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching
Richards and Rodgers, Cambridge University Press

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER II - PAPER IV - 20th CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
(07ENGC04)
Objectives :
· To sensitize students to the momentous changes in the 20th century, especially, literature
· To enable them to understand experimental and innovative techniques used in literature
· To make clear the idea that changes in human experience demand changes in mode of
expression
Unit I
T.S.Eliot - The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock
W.B.Yeats - The Second Coming
Unit II
Hopkins - The Wreck of the Deutschland
Seamus Heaney - The Tollund Man
Unit III
Beckett - Waiting for Godot
Osborne - Look Back in Anger
Unit IV
Orwell - Politics and the English Language
D.H.Lawrence - Why the Novel Matters?
Unit V
Woolf - Mrs.Dalloway
D.H.Lawrence - Sons and Lovers

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER II - PAPER V - AMERICAN LITERATURE
(07ENGC05)
Objectives :
· To help students build knowledge levels needed to form a perspective in American
Literature
· To enable them to develop an idea of how literature in US evolved
Unit I
Walt Whitman - Passage to India
Emily Dickinson - Success is counted sweetest
A bird came down the walk
Unit II
Frost - The Road not taken
Sylvia Plath - Daddy
Unit III
O'Neill - Long Day's Journey into the Night
Marsha Norman - 'Night Mother
Unit IV
Emerson - Self-Reliance
Thoreau - Walden (Chapters 1,2,17)
Unit V
Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn
Saul Bellow - Henderson the Rain King

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER II -PAPER VI - INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH AND
COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE
(07ENGC06)
Objectives :
· To enable students to form an overview of literatures in Commonwealth Nations
· To help students capture the tenor and manner of expression in writings by non-native
user of English
Unit I
Aurobindo - Thought the Paraclete
Nissim Ezekiel - Farewell Party to Miss.Pushpa T.
A.D.Hope - Australia
F.R.Scott - Canadian Authors Meet
Unit II
Tagore - Gitanjali (Songs 1-50)
Unit III
Girish Karnad - Nagamandala
Wole Soyinka - The Lion and the Jewel
Unit IV
Nehru - From Nehru's The Discovery of India
Chapter IV - 'The Discovery of India'
Chinua Achebe - The Novelist as a Teacher
Unit V
Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children
Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER II -PAPER VII - LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS
(07ENGC07)
Objectives :
To enable students to know and form ideas on
· Growth and development of English
· Its structural, grammatical and functional aspects
· Language's links with society, culture and literature
Unit I
The History of English Language
The Descent of the English Language. The Old English Period : The Middle English
Period; The Renaissance & After; The Growth of Vocabulary, Change of Meaning, The
Evolution of Standard English.
F.T.Wood : An Outline History of English language
Unit II
Phonology
Transcription , The Syllable, Received Pronunciation and the need for a model, Accent, Rhythm
and Intonation, Assimilation, Elision, Liaison and Juncture.
T.Balasubramanian : A Text book of English Phonetics for Indian students
Unit III
Levels of Linguistic Analysis
Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis.
George Yule : The Study of Language, Second Edition, Cambridge
University Press, 1996.
Unit IV
Sociolinguistics
Language varieties, language, society and culture
George Yule : The Study of Language, Second Edition, OUP, 1996.
Verma and Krishnaswamy : Modern Linguistics
Unit V
'Language and Literature'
(From Modern Applied Linguistics)
N.Krishnaswamy et al-Macmillan (PP. 133-186)

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER II -ELECTIVE-II (07ENGE02)
LITERATURE : ANALYSIS, APPROACHES AND APPLICATIONS
Objectives :
· To orient students in the basics of literary interpretation
· To train the students in writing book reviews, design and preparation of user manuals and
ads
Unit I
Practical Criticism - Rhythm, Rhyme, Drama, Fiction, Prose
Drama
Congreve, The Way of the World (Act IV, Sc i)
Shakespeare , King Lear (Act III, Sc iv)
Webster, Duchess of Malfi, (Act V, Sc iii)
Fiction
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Descriptions of the Journey down the river
Dickens, Bleak House
The passage on fog
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Passage where Mrs. Ramsay tries to comfort her son James
Prose
Extract form Arnold's 'Culture and Anarchy'
Extract from Russell's 'Unpopular Essays'
Extract from Swift's 'The Battle of the Books'
Unit II
Book Review - Novel, Drama, Collection (Articles/Essays)
(A book review to be written by every student on a book of his /her
choice from the categories mentioned))
Unit III
User Manual - Mobile Phone, Mixie, Automobile, Car/Two wheeler
(Each student to design steps for any one operation in the
categories mentioned)
Unit IV
Advertising - Academic Programme, Dress, Computer
(Each student to design an ad in the categories mentioned on a
product/ program of his / her choice)
Unit V
Technical Writing - (Basics of Technical Writing; Effective Technical Writing)

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER III - PAPERVIII - COPY EDITING
(07ENGC08)
Objectives :
· To train students in the basics of copy editing
· To give them practical orientation in copy editing
Unit I - Introduction
1. What is copy editing?
2. Typescripts : hard-copy, electronic and camera-ready
3. Capturing the text electronically
4. Typescripts corrected by the author
5. Author-generated camera-ready copy and print-ready files
6. Copy editing on-screen
Unit II - Preliminary copy-editing, design and specimen pages
Briefing the designer
Unit III
Preparing the text for the typesetter
1. Various legal aspects
2. Writing to the author
3. Numbering systems
Unit IV
1. Marking up the typescript
2. Copyright permissions and acknowledgements
3. Jacket and cover copy
Unit V
Proof correction symbols (PP 479 - 484)
From Butcher's Copy-editing, CAMBRIDGE PP. 1-116

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER III - PAPER IX - SHAKESPEARE
(07ENGC09)
Objectives :
· To enable students to establish Shakespeare's importance to English Literature and
Language
· To enable them to identify communicative strategies in the prescribed plays
· To orient them to a concrete understanding of his 'Universality' which means his ability
to
communicate to all sections of society and all times
· To train them to recognize and appreciate his skills as a Wordsmith
Unit I :
Macbeth
Unit II :
As you like it
Unit III :
Richard II
Unit IV :
Sonnet 30,60 and 130
Unit V :
1. Elizabethan Theatre and Audience
2. Contemporary Approaches: Feminist and Post-Colonial

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER III - PAPER X - ELT and CALL
(07ENGC10)
Objectives :
· To sustain and enhance bilingualism
· To equip students with the ability to read, write with understanding and to make them
autonomous learners
· To enhance the competence of understanding by making connections and drawing on
experiences
· To enable students to employ communicative skills in a variety of situations
· To encourage holistic perspective on language proficiency
· To make the students comprehend the importance of communications technology in
providing universal access to learning
· To expose the students to the methods of language teaching
Unit I :
Major language trends in Twentieth Century language teaching.
1. A brief history of Language Teaching
2. The nature of approaches and methods in Language Teaching
3. The Oral approach and situational Language Teaching
Unit II :
1. Competency- based Language Teaching
2. Communicative Language Teaching
3. Content- based instructions
4. Task-based Language Teaching
Unit III :
Teaching, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
Unit IV :
1. CALL and Communication
2. Enhancing Language Learning
3. Using Technology
4. Online Learning and Assessment
5. Integrated technology and Learning
Unit V :
Practical
1. Using oral approach or situational Language Teaching
2. Content-based instruction
3. Teaching any one of LSRW skills
4. Voice and accent training using software

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER III -PAPER XI - LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM
(07ENGC11)
Objectives :
· To introduce students to one of the most enabling forms of literary study
· To train students to analyze literary writings, based on ever evolving traditions of
criticism
· To sensitize students to transition from Humanistic to Modern to Postmodern critical
traditions
· To enable students comprehend dominance of theory in the Postmodern phase
Unit I
Introduction to classical criticism. Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus and Sanskrit
aesthetics :
Rasa, Dhvani, Literary genres, names and features of poetics, theme and technique of plot
construction, other aspects of criticism
Unit II
Johnson - Preface to Shakespeare
William Wordsworth - Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Unit III
Arnold - Study of Poetry
T.S.Eliot - Tradition and the Individual Talent
Unit IV
Cleanth Brooks - The Language of Paradox
Northrop Frye - Archetypes of Literature
Unit V
Georg Lucas - Ideology of Modernism
Roland Barthes - Death of the Author

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER III - ELECTIVE III PUBLIC SPEAKING, JOURNALISTIC AND
CREATIVE
WRITING
(07ENGE03)
Unit I :
Introduction to Public Speaking
Audience, Context, Speaker, Speech Planning Process, Speech making process, Speech
effectiveness
Unit II :
Developing Confidence through the Speech Planning Process
Understanding Public Speaking Apprehension
Signs of Speech Apprehension, Causes of Speech Apprehension, Idea level of
Apprehension
Overcoming Public Speaking Apprehension
General methods, Specific techniques
Confidence through Effective Public Speaking
Step 1 : Select appropriate speech goal
Step 2 : Understand audience
Step 3 : Gather and Evaluate information
Step 4 : Organize and develop ideas into speech outline
Step 5 : Choose appropriate visual aids
Step 6 : Practise the wording and delivery of speech
Unit III :
Informative Speaking
Characteristics : Intellectual stimulation, Creativity, Emphasis to aid Memory
Methods of Informing : Description, Definition, Comparison and Contrast, Narration,
Demonstration
(Rudolff F.Verderber and Kathleen S. Verderber, The Challenge of Effective
Speaking, Thomson Wadsworth 13th ed., 2006, Unit I : pp 1-12, Unit II : pp 23-31, Unit
III : pp 215-239).
Unit IV :
Journalistic Writing
Sports column
Film Review
Unit V :
Creative Writing
Short Story
Major Aspects :
\u0001 Emotional
\u0001 Rational
\u0001 Psychological
\u0001 Aesthetic
\u0001 Compositional
\u0001 Sociological

M.A. ENGLISH LITERATURE
SEMESTER IV-PAPER XII - SOFT SKILLS THROUGH LITERATURE
- Personal qualities
(07ENGC12)
Objectives :
· To train students in study of character/ human behaviour
· To use characters from classics/their behaviour as parallels to reflect and introspect on
their own behaviour
· To enable them in the use of right effects and develop skills in bringing personal
emotions under the scanner of cognition
· To train them in the use of characters / interactions from literature and other areas listed
as case studies
Unit I
Responsibility / Altruism - Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities
Unit II
Self - esteem - Shakespeare, Corialanus, Corialanus
Unit III
Sociability - Shakespeare, As You Like It, Rosalind
Unit IV
Self-Management - Shakespeare, Hamlet, Hamlet
Unit V
Integrity / Honesty - Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Enobarbus
Case Writing - Areas :
1. Literature
2. Movies
3. Commercials
4. Popular Literature
5. Comics
Reading material for forming conceptual overview
"The Personal Intelligences"
Frames of Mind : The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Howard Gardner (pp 237-276)

PROJECT WORK
Objectives :
· To introduce students to the art of research
Based on the project work the students are to be tested for their ability to
· Identify and state the research problem
· Conduct survey
· Select relevant data from primary sources
· Make intelligent inferences
· Use logic and analysis
· Design model of interpretation and apply it

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