Paper VIII: Literary Theory, Critical Appreciation and Literatures outside the UK
Paper VIII will have following two halves. In (B) out of the three options students will be required to opt for one.
In the final examination, Students will answer in two separate booklets. Section A is common for Englis h Honours students, however, they should answer
the section B in a separate answer booklet and will indicate which option is being answered. Accordingly, the answer scripts will be segregated into
different batches.
A) Literary Theory and Critical appreciation
B) Literatures outside the UK
a. Indian Writing in Englis h
b. American Englis h Literature
c. European Literature in Translation
 
(A) a. Literary Theory
 
A.b. Critical appreciation of a Poetry or Prose passage. [10
 
Lectures] 1 (out of 2) question X 15 marks =15
 
Topics
 
Recommended Texts
 
Numbe
r of
lecture
s
16
 
(a) Classicis m (b) Realism and Naturalism (c) Structuralis m
(d) Practical Criticis m and New Criticism [During the discussion of
these, students should be introduced to the techniques and tenets of
writing a critical appreciation. It is expected that they will be given at
least a couple of exercises on practical criticism during the lesson]
 
A Glossary of Literary
Terms . M. H. Abrams and
 
(e) Poststructuralism (f) Postmodernism (g) Postcolonialis m
(h) Feminis m
 
Beginning Theory: An
19
Introduction to Literary
and Cultural Theory. Peter
 
Geoffrey Harpham. 11 th
Ed. New Delhi: Cengage
Learning, 2012.
 
Barry. 3 rd Ed. New Delhi:
Viva Books, 2010.
 
Marks distribution for the
section
 
a) 10 (out of 12)
questions X 2 marks
= 20 [2 marks
questions will be set
from only the
textbooks
recommended for
each group of topics
b) 5 (out of 8) questions
X 5 marks = 25
 
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[During the discussion of these, students should be introduced to the techniques and tenets of writing a critical appreciatio n. It is expected that they will be
given at least a couple of exercises on practical criticism during the lesson]
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Paper VIII: Literary Theory, Critical Appreciation and Literatures outside the UK
Options
B.b.
American Englis h Literature
 
B.c.
European Literature in Translation
 
Number
of
lectures
 
The Guide. R. K. Narayan.
 
The Grapes of Wrath. John
 
The Outsider. Camus, Albert. Trans.
 
16
 
Steinbeck.
 
Joseph Laredo. London: Penguin, 2000.
 
Novel
 
B.a.
Indian Writing in Englis h
 
Poetry
 
(C) English Literatures outside UK
 
i.
 
Our Casurina Tree –Toru
Dutt
ii. My Native Land –Henry
Louis Derozio
iii. Night of the Scorpion –
Nissim Ezekiel
iv. Introduction – Kamala Das
 
i. ‘I saw in Louisiana a Liveoak Growing’ – Walt
Whitman
ii. ‘Because I could not stop for
Death’ – Emily Dickinson
iii. ‘Neither Out Far Nor in
Deep’ – Robert Frost
iv. ‘The Negro Speaks of River’
– Langston Hughes
 
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i. “Venus Rising from the Water.”
Rimbaud, Arthur. Trans. Jeremy Harding
and John Sturrock. Selected Poems and
Letters . London: Penguin, 2004.
ii. Autumn Song.” Baudelaire, Charles.
Trans. James McGowan. The Flowers of
Evil. New York: OUP, 2008.
iii.. “Autumn Day.” Rilke, Rainer Maria
.Trans. Stephen Mitchell. The Selected
Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. New York:
Vintage, 1989.
iv. “Questions from a Worker Who
Reads.” Brecht, Bertolt. Trans. Michael
Hamburger. Bertolt Brecht: Poems 19131956 . London: Methuen, 1987.
 
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Marks
distribution
for the
section
c)
d) 1 (out of
2)
questions
X 15
marks =
15
e) 10 (out
of 15)
questions
X2
marks
=20
f) 3 (out of
6)
questions
[each
genre
will have
at least 1
question]
X5
marks =
15
 
Drama
 
Non-fictional Prose
 
Short Story
 
Paper VIII: Literary Theory, Critical Appreciation and Literatures outside the UK
i. A Journal of Forty-Eight
Hours of the Year 1945 –
Kylas Chunder Dutt
ii.
A Flight of Pigeons –
Ruskin Bond
 
i. The Tell-tale Heart – Edgar
Allan Poe
ii. The Short Happy life of
Francis Macomber – Ernest
Hemmingway
 
i. “The Necklace.” Maupassant, Guy De.
Trans. Sian Miles. A Parisian Affair and
Other Stories . London: Penguin, 2004.
ii. Mann, Thomas. “The Infant Prodigy.”
 
i. Reply to Calcutta Address –
Swami Vivekananda
ii.
from “Nationalis m”
[Japan]
–Rabindranath Tagore
 
i. “Pond” [from Walden] –
Henry D Thoreau
ii. Are Women Human Beings?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
 
i. “Annihilation Impossible.” Maeterlinck, 8
Maurice. Trans. Alexander Teixeira de
Mattos. Death. Delhi: Pilgrims Book Pvt.
Ltd., 1998.
ii. Calvino, Italo. “Why Read the Classics?”
Trans. Martin McLaughlin. Why Read the
Classics? London: Penguin, 2009.
 
Tughlaq –Girish Karnad
 
A Raisin in the Sun – Lorrain
Hansbury. New York: Vintage,
1994.
 
Chekhov, Anton. The Cherry Orchard: A
Comedy in Four Acts . Trans. Michael
Frayn. London: Methuen, 2005.
 
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15
 
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Paper I: Use of English
Following texts were recommended for Paper I. A. Grammar
A. A Student’s Grammar of the English Language. Sidney Greenbaum and Randolph Quink. Longman.
B. Collins Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs.
C. Collins Cobuild English Grammar.
A. Grammar
50 Marks
a. Syntax and transformation of sentences
b. Correction of common errors:
i. Subject-Verb agreement
ii. Adjective-Adverb confusion
iii. Commonly misspelt words
c. Use of Degree, Article, Preposition, Phrasal Verb, Punctuation
B. Writing Skill
30 Marks (all components should be tested)
a. Story-writing
b. Reporting a dialogue
c. Letter writing
d. Essay writing (Compulsory)
Two questions to be answered from a, b and c (3 options will be given)
C. Phonetics
10 Marks
a. Phonetic transcription (Recommended texts: i. Advanced Learners’ Dictionary ii.
A Textbook of English Phonetics for Indian Students by T Balasubramanian)
D. Comprehension Test
 
10 Marks
 
Following textbooks were recommended for Papers II, III and IV (General English)
A. Six Ages of Poetry. Edited by H. M. Williams
B. Essays, Short Stories and One Act plays. Edited by R. K. Kaushik and S.C. Bhatia. OUP.
C. Ten Twentieth Century Indian Poets. Ed. By R. Parthasarathy. OUP.
Paper II: Poetry and Drama
A.
Drama:
i. A Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekov ii. The Monkey’s Paw by W.W.
Jacobs
40 Marks
Question Pattern: Drama
1. 1 question carrying 10 marks from A Marriage Proposal (2 options will be given)
2. 1 question carrying 10 marks from The Monkey’s Paw(2 options will be given)
3. 2 questions carrying 5 marks each from A Marriage Proposal (4 options will be
given)
4. 2 questions carrying 5 marks each from The Monkey’s Paw (4 options will be given)
B.
 
Poetry:
 
50 Marks
 
i. “My Grandmother’s House” – Kamala Das
ii.“Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher” –Nissim Ezekiel
iii. “The Bus”–Arun Kolatkar
iv. “On Killing a Tree” –Gieve Patel
v. “Grass” – Jayanta Mahapatra
vi.. “A River” –A. K. Ramanujan
Question Pattern: Poetry
1. 2 questions carrying 10 marks each (4 options will be given)
2. 4 questions carrying 5 marks each (8 options will be given)
3. 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (8 options will be given)
C.
 
Critical appreciation of unseen extract
 
10 Marks
 
Paper III: Essays and Short Stories
A. Essays
50 Marks
i. “Bores”. E. V. Lucas
ii. “Freedom”. G. B. Shaw
iii. “What I require from Life”. J. B. S. Halden
iv. “Student Mobs”. J. B. Pristley
Question Pattern: The same as in Poetry in Paper II
B. Short Story
50 Marks
i. “The Fortune Teller”. Karol Capek
ii. “The Doll’s House”. Katherine Mansfield
iii. “How Much Land Does a Man Need”. Leo Tolstoy
iv. “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”. Arthur Conan Doyle
Question Pattern: The same as in Poetry in Paper II
 
Paper IV:
A. Poetry:
 
B. Drama:
C. Novel:
 
i. “That Time of Year” (Sonnet 73). William Shakespeare
ii. “Prayer before Birth”. Louis MacNeice
Justice. John Galsworthy.
Under the Greenwood Tree. Thomas Hardy.
Question Pattern:
50 Marks
1. 3 questions carrying 10 marks each –from each of the three sections (6 options
will be given)
2. 4 questions carrying 5 marks each –for poetry and drama (no 5 marksquestion will be set from the novel)
 
D. History of English Literature:
Elizabethan Period onwards.
Recommended texts for history of literature:
(A) History of English Literature. Edward Albert (OUP)
(B) Brief History of English Literature. John Peck and Martin Coyle. (Palgrave)
Question Pattern:
 
50 Marks
 
1. 1 question carrying 10 marks (2 options will be given)
2. 4 questions carrying 5 marks each (8 options will be given)
3. 10 questions carrying 2 marks each (16 options will be given)