A Walk Down Memory Lane – A Basic Course in the Study and Appreciation of English Literature

Section I

Section I would begin with a general introduction to art and literature, where sufficient attention to the notion of art will be paid in so far as it helps locate literature. The primary focus would then shift to an introduction that would centre on the need to provide a sense of history in which, the notion of tradition in a larger Cultural and Civilizational context may be grounded. This would entail beginning with the Greek World and its ideas. Considering the fact that the teacher and the participants come from entirely different cultural backgrounds, contextual knowledge to the required extent, will be made the consistent back-drop.

  1. Literature as Art-I: General Introduction to the concept
  2. Literature as Art – II: Advanced concepts
  3. Civilization, Culture and Literature
  4. Grounding Literature in History

Section II

Section II would trace the development of English Literature through six centuries beginning with the 14th century and stop with the Moderns, a timeline chosen deliberately since after that English Literature, by virtue of the tremendous contribution from ever widening spaces comes under the banner of Literatures Written in English.

5. The concept of Genres in Literature: An Introduction
6. Poetry as a Literary Genre: Different kinds of poetic forms, such as the lyric, sonnet etc.
7. Fiction as a Literary Genre: Different kinds of novels, picaresque, narrative, gothic, etc.
8. Short Fiction: Different kinds of short fiction
9. Drama as a Literary Genre: Different kinds of plays, realistic, epic, etc.
10. Alternative concepts of Drama/Performing Arts
11. An Introduction to Literary Criticism and Analysis
12. Representative trends and movements in Poetry from the 14th century to the Modernist Period
13. Certain representative trends and movements in Fiction
14. Representative trends and movements in Drama from the 14th century to the Modernist Period

Section III

Section III would offer an overview of trends and movements that may be broadly described as contemporaneous. It shall seek to introduce the Post-modern and the Postcolonial, and accordingly would bring in the larger sphere of literary contributions from spaces other than the European Centre. Certain literary theories, trends, movements, and moments would be introduced with the help of certain texts drawn from different parts of the English-speaking world. Unlike the earlier part where we have not gone beyond the Great Moderns, here as ideas are in the realm of the contemporary, they are more or less up to date, as they rightly should be. Certain representative texts from contemporary times may be used to foreground them.

15. Introducing the Post-modern and Postcolonial World
16. Literatures in English in the Post-modern/Postcolonial World – an overview
17. An Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theories
18. The Relevance of Postcolonial/Post-modern Theories to Literary Texts
19. Representative trends in Post-modern Literatures in English
20. Representative trends in Postcolonial Literatures in English
21. Concluding Session: Tying Beginnings to Endings

About The Instructor

Prof.Dr. Sridhar Rajeswaran is a Visiting Professor of Humanities at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the CoHaB IDC Constructions of Home and Belonging Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai. He is Global Faculty at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. He has studied at the Universities of Madras and Bombay. His doctoral work dealt with postcolonial perspectives on the poetry of W.B. Yeats. His postdoctoral areas of research are Modernist Poetry, Modern Indian Drama, Postcolonial Studies and Studies of the Indian Diaspora in Literature and films.

Prof. Dr. Nilufer E Bharucha is Director of the Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging – Indian Diaspora Centre, Visiting Professor of Humanities, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences and Former Senior Professor and Chair, Department of English, all at the University of Mumbai. Professor Bharucha is Faculty Associate Emeritus, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada and Global Faculty, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. She has served on the jury of the Commonwealth Literature award and the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi Literature award in English. She has also been on the jury for the Rhodes scholarship. She has authored and edited 6 books in the areas of Postcolonial Indian Writing, Diasporic Indian Literature & Cinema and the Writing of the Parsis. One of her recent books is entitled Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema. She is co-editor of the CoHaB IDC’s Diaspora Studies Series. She has contributed 3 modules on Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema to the University Grants Commission’s online Postgraduate E-pathshala.

 

 

Section I

1
1: Literature As Art (1): General Introduction To The Concept
2
2: Literature As Art (II): Advanced Concept
3
3: Civilization, Culture and Literature
1:21
4
4: Grounding Literature In History
1:19

Section II

1
5: The Concept Of Genre In Literature
1:10
2
6: Poetry as a Literary Genre: Different kinds of poetic forms, such as the lyric, sonnet etc.
1:28
3
7: Fiction as a Literary Genre: Different kinds of novels, picaresque, narrative, gothic, etc.
1:16
4
8: Short Fiction: Different kinds of short fiction
1:22
5
9. Drama as a Literary Genre: Different kinds of plays, realistic, epic, etc.
6
10. Alternative concepts of Drama/Performing Arts
1:12
7
11 : Introduction to Literary Criticism and Analysis
1:11
8
12 : Representative trends and movements in Poetry from the 14th century to the Modernist Period
1:19
9
13 : Certain representative trends and movements in Fiction
1:23
10
14 : Representative trends and movements in Drama from the 14th century to the Modernist Period
1:14

Section III

1
15 : Introducing the Post-modern and Postcolonial World
1:22
2
16 : Literatures in English in the Post-modern/Postcolonial World – an overview
1:27
3
17 : An Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theories
1:15
4
18 : The Relevance of Postcolonial/Post-modern Theories to Literary Texts
1:26
5
19 : Representative trends in Post-modern Literatures in English
1:28
6
20 : Representative trends in Postcolonial Literatures in English
1:25
7
21 : Concluding Session: Tying Beginnings to Ending
1:27

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