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MODEL I

BA Programme in English Language and Literature

Syllabi for Core Courses

 COURSE-1 METHODOLOGY OF HUMANITIES AND LITERATURE

Course Code

ENCR1

Title of the course

METHODOLOGY OF HUMANITIES AND LITERATURE

Semester in which the course

is to be taught

I

No. of credits

4

No. of contact hours

108



  1. AIM OF THE COURSE

    • The course is intended to introduce the student to the interrelationship between paradigms of social formation

  1.    OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

    On completion of the course, the student should be able;

    • To know and appreciate the location of literature within humanities

    • To establish connections across frontiers of disciplines

    • To critically engage with culture , gender and marginality

    • To  become acquainted with narration and representatio

  1.    COURSE OUTLINE

  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


Course Code

ENCR2


Title of the course

INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE


Semester in which the course

is to be taught

2


No. of credits

4


No. of contact hours

108





  1. AIM OF THE COURSE



  • To give the students knowledge about the background of English language and literature and the different periods in the history of English literature.

  • To familiarize the students with the varieties of English.



  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE



On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Appreciate, interpret and critically evaluate literature.

  • Form an idea about the various stages in the development of English language.

  • Distinguish between the different varieties of English used all over the world.



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,

p. 63-96.

Module 3                                                                                                   36 Hours

Language Families

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.


Word Formation                                     

1.   Compounding 2. Derivation 3. Abbreviation 4. Onomatopoeic words 5. Syncopation 6. Metanalysis 7. Portmanteau words 8. Acronyms 9. Back-Formations

Semantics

1. Generalisation 2. Specialisation 3.  Association of  Ideas 4. Euphemism 5. Popular

   Misunderstanding

 


Books for General Reading:

  1. F T Wood. An Outline History of English Language. Macmillan.

  2. George Yule. The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press.

  3. David Crystal. The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language. Penguin.

  4. David Crystal. English as a Global Language. Cambridge University Press.

  5. G.L. Brook. Varieties of English. Macmillan.

  6. John Peck and Martin Coyle. A Brief History of the English Language. Palgrave.

  7. Pramod K. Nayar. A Short History of English Literature. Cambridge University Press.

  8. Andrew Sanders. The Short Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford University Press.



 


SYLLABI FOR CORE COURSES  

Course 3: LITERATURE AND INFORMATICS


Course Code

ENCR3


Title of the course

LITERATURE AND INFORMATICS

Semester in which the course

is to be taught

3


No. of credits

4


No. of contact hours

90



1. Aim of the course


  • To introduce students to the various relevant aspects of Information Technology and Computers which will facilitate the study of literature.

  • To equip the students to make use of the possibilities existing in the IT sector.


2. Objectives Of The Course


Upon completion of the course:


  • The students will have a thorough general awareness of computer

hardware and software.

  • The students will have good practical skill in performing common basic

tasks with the computers.

  • The students are expected to create PowerPoint presentations on any topic

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

 

COURSE CODE

ENCR 4

TITLE OF THE COURSE

STUDY OF PROSE

SEMESTER IN WHICH THE COURSE IS TAUGHT

3

NO. OF CREDITS

4

NO. OF CONTACT HOURS

72
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