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BA Programme in English Language and Literature
Syllabi for Core Courses
COURSE-1 METHODOLOGY OF HUMANITIES AND LITERATURE
On completion of the course, the student should be able;
Module (1) 54 HOURS
A : Understanding the humanities - the scientific method – how humanities explore reality – the natural and social sciences – facts and interpretation –study of natural and subjective world- tastes, values and belief systems
B: Language ,culture and identity- language in history- language in relation to caste, class, race and gender- language and colonialism.
C: Narration and representation- what is narration-narrative modes of thinking- narration in literature, philosophy and history- reading.
Module (2) 54 HOURS
The following essays are to be dealt with intensively in relation with the methodological questions raised above(module 1)
1.Peter Barry : “Theory before ‘theory’ – liberal humanism”. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. New York,Manchester. 1995. 11-38
2.Sudhir Kakar, Katharina Kakar. “The Hierarchical Man” The Indians: Portrait of a People. Penguin India, 2007. 7-24.
3.G. N. Devy. “ Introduction” in Sharankumar Limbale’s The Outcaste:Akkarmashi. New Delhi, OUP. 2008 xii-xxvi
4.V. Geetha. “God made you different, Nature made us different”. Gender. Calcutta: Stree, 2002 11-23
5.Fridrun Rinner. “The ArabianNights: Telling Stories as a means of escape from death” .Narrative. A Seminar. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1994 180-185.
Note on Course work
The teaching of the course will involve making the student enter into a sort of dialogue with some of the issues raised in the reading material given above.
4. CORE TEXT
METHODOLOGYAND PERSPECTIVES OF HUMANITIES published by Pearson Longman 2009 (except chapter 4 “Indian Philosophy”)
SOCIAL ROOTS OF LITERATURE. Edited by Dr.K.M.Krishnan and Tom Thomas; to be published by DC BOOKS and M. G.UNIVERSITY.
5. MODEL QUESTION PAPER (To be incorporated.)
Syllabi for core Courses
COURSE-2 INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
3. COURSE OUTLINE
Module: I 18 HOURS
What is literature—what is a text—major genres in textual studies
CORE TEXT: Mario Klarer. An Introduction to Literary Studies. Routledge, p. 1-62
Module: II 36 HOURS
Periods of English literature—theoretical approaches to literature
CORE TEXT: Mario Klarer. An Introduction to Literary Studies. Routledge,
Module 3 36 Hours
Indo-European Family of Languages-1. Branches of Indo-European 2. Home of the Indo Europeans-3. Main characteristics of Indo-European
Germanic family of Languages
1. Characteristics of the Germanic family 2. Grimm’s law 3. Verner’s Law
Periods in the History of English Language:
Old English Period 1. Old English Dialect 2. Old English vocabulary 3. Scandinavian Influence 4. Latin influence
Middle English Period: 1. Norman Conquest 2. French influence 3. The East Midland Dialect
Modern English Period- Early Modern English: 1. The Great Vowel Shift 2. Renaissance and Reformation 3. The invention of printing 4. Latin influence.
English Today: 1. The evolution of Standard English 2. English as a global language
3. American English 4. Australian English 5. Indian English
Module 4 18 hrs.
Influences on English
1. Renaissance 2. Reformation 3. Printing Press 3. Authors and Books- The Bible, Shakespeare, Milton.
1. Compounding 2. Derivation 3. Abbreviation 4. Onomatopoeic words 5. Syncopation 6. Metanalysis 7. Portmanteau words 8. Acronyms 9. Back-Formations
1. Generalisation 2. Specialisation 3. Association of Ideas 4. Euphemism 5. Popular
Books for General Reading:
SYLLABI FOR CORE COURSES
Course 3: LITERATURE AND INFORMATICS
1. Aim of the course
2. Objectives Of The Course
Upon completion of the course:
hardware and software.
tasks with the computers.
in literature incorporating extensively researched web sources.
3. Course Outline
Module I: ICT Skills for higher education (36 hours)
Data, information and knowledge – Various file formats – Networking - Internet access methods: Broadband connections, Dial-up connection – Academic search techniques: Favorites and bookmarks, search engines, subject directories, Wikis - Evaluating Web Sites - Creating a cyber presence: Instant messaging, Podcasts, Blogs and Vlogs, Webcasts, E-mail, Group Communication – Social networking – Academic web sites – Copyrights and patents - Plagiarism and how to detect it - IT in education - Educational software - Reference software – Academic services: INFLIBNET, NICNET, BRNET – Online libraries – E-journals – E-content development - IT in publishing – IT in film and media – Artificial intelligence – Virtual reality – Virtual classrooms – EDUSAT - Presentation software – Speech-recognition software – Machine translation - Documentation software - Language computing tools in Indic languages
Module II: social informatics (36 hours )
Digital society and its challenges – IT and development – Free software movement: Open Source Software, Linux – New opportunities in the IT industry – IT industry threats: Theft, Spam, Cookies, Adware, Spyware, Malware, Phishing and internet hoaxes, Hackers, Trojan horses – Computer safeguards – Cyber ethics – Cyber security: Firewalls, other security measures – Privacy issues – Cyber laws – Cyber addiction – Information overload – Proper usage of computers – Internet and mobile phone – e-waste and green computing – Impact of IT on language and culture
Module III: Writings on informatics (18 hours )
Various essays dealing with informatics and its role in the society
4. core text
Alan Evans et al. Literature and Informatics: Technology in Action. Pearson Education.
5. Model Question Paper
(To be incorporated later)
SYLLABI FOR CORE COURSES
COURSE 4: READING PROSE