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BA English Honours Semester I

Core Paper I: Basic Literary Concepts
Unit I: Poetry1. Types of Poetry
2. Literary Terms & Metres
Unit II: Drama1. Types of Drama
2. Elements and Dramatic Terms of Drama
Unit III: Fiction 1. Types of Fiction
2. Element and Literary Terms
Unit IV: Scansion1. Learn Scansion
Core Paper II: World Classical Literature In English Translation
Unit I: The Iliad Book I by Homer1. Homer: Life and Work
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation of the Iliad
Unit II: Godaan by Premchand1. Life and Work
2. Godaan Summary
3. Critical Appreciation of Godaan
Unit II: Short Stories1. Guy De Maupassant Life and Work
2. The Necklace
3. Two Friends
4. The Piece of String
5. Boule de Suif
6. Two Little Soldiers

BA English Honours Semester 2

Core Paper III: Indian Writing In English
Unit I: Historical Background of India1. Social Condition, Political Condition, Religious Condition, and Economical Condition.
Unit II: The Guide by R.K. Narayan 1. R.K. Narayan Life and Work
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation of The Guide
Unite III: Nagamandala by Girish Karnad 1. Life and Work
2. Nagamandala Summary
3. Critical Appreciation of Nagamandala
Unite IV: Important Indian Poets and Their Works. 1. H.L. Derozio
2. Toru Dutt’s life and works
(a) Lotus by Turu Dutt
3. Sarojini Naidu
(a) Summar Woods Summary
4. Nissim Ezekiel
5. Jayanta Mahapatra life and Work
(a) Lost Summary
6. Keki N. Daruwalla
7. Kamla Das Life and Works
(a) The Doubt Summary
(a) The Dance of The Eunuchs Summary.
Core Paper IV: British English Literature during 14th to 17th Century
Unit I: Historical Background During 14th to 17 Century. 1. 14th Century Historical Background
2. Age of Chaucer Historical Background
3. Elizabethan Poetry
4. Early Renaissance Poetry
Uni II: Important Poetry works. 1. Nun’s priest’s Tale by Chaucer
(a) Geoffery Chaucer’s life and works
2. A Hymn to God the Father by John Donne
3. How soon Hath Time by John Milton
4. To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
Unit III: As You Like It by Shakespeare. 1. Life and Work
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation of As You Like It
Unit IV: An Essay of Dramatic Poesy 1. Life and Work
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation

BA English Honours Semester 3

Core Paper V: American Literature form 19th century to 20th century
Unit I: Historical Background of America 1. Social Condition
2. Political Condition
3. Religious Condition
4. Economical Condition
Unit II: Selected Poetry 1. ‘Song of my self’ by Walt Whiteman
(a) A child said, What is the grass.
(b) I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars,
2. Robert Frost
(a) The Road Not Taken
(b) Two Tramps in Mud Time
3. Sylvia Plath
(a) Mirror
(b) Tulips
Unit III: The Old man and the Sea by  Ernest Hemingway 1. Life and Work of Ernest Hemingway
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: Death of a Salesman 1. Life and Work of Arthur Miller
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Core Paper VI: Popular Literature
Unit I: Evolution of Popular literature in English 1. In India
2. In England
3. In America
Unit II: The Sign of the Four- Sherlock Holmes (fictional detective) 1. Life and Work of Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: Five Point of Someone by Chetan Bhagat 1. Life and Work of Chetan Bhagat
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: The Sellout by Paul Beatty 1. Life and Work of Paul Beatty
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Core Paper VII: British Poetry and Drama 18th Century
Unit I: Historical Background and Movements 1. Social Condition
2. Political Condition
3. Religious Condition
4. Economical Condition
Unit II: Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope 1. Life and Work of Alexander Pope
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith 1. Life and Work of Oliver Goldsmith
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: Selected Poem of William Black 1. The Tiger
2. The Lamb
3. The Fly

BA English Honours Semester 4

Core Paper VIII: British Prose 18th Century
Unit I: History of English Prose 1. Significant influences
2. Movements
3. Works
Unit II: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding 1. Life and Work of Henry Fielding
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: The Castle of Otranto By Horace Walpole 1. Life and Work of Horace Walpole
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unite IV: Selected work of Swift’s (Jonathan Swift) Satires
and Samuel Johnson Works
1. A Modest Proposal (Essay by Swift )
2. A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet (Essay by Swift )
3. Lives of the Poet (Samuel Johnson)
Core Paper IX: British Prose 19th Century
Unit I: History of English Prose 1. Significant influences
2. Movements
3. Works
Unit II: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 1. Life and Work of Jane Austen
2. Pride and Prejudice Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: Hard Times by Charles Dickens 1. Life and Work of Charles Dickens
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unite IV: Selected poems 1. Preface to the Lyrica Ballads by William Wordsworth
2. Study of Poetry by Matthew Arnold
Core Paper IX: British Poetry 19th Century
Unit I: History of English Poetry 1. Significant influences
2. Movements
3. Works
Unit II: Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth
and Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Wordsworth
1. Life and Work
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1. Life and Work
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: Selected ods 1. Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley
2. Ode to the Nightingale by John Keats
Unite IV: Selected poetry 1. In Memoriam by Alfred Tennyson
(Stanzas LIV (54): Oh Yet we trust, Stanza CVL(106): Ring out, Wild Bells….)
2. Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
3. My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

BA English Honours Semester 5

Core Paper XI: Women’s Writing
Unit I: Feminism 1. Feminists in the West
2. Feminists in India
Unit II: Feminism turms 1. Types of Feminism/ Different aspects
Unit III: Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai 1. Life and Work of Anita Desai
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: Sula by Toni Morrison1. Life and Work of Toni Morrison
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Core Paper XII: British Writing: Early 20th Century
Unit I: English Literature 20th century 1. History of England
2. Significant influences and Movements
3. Important authors and their works
Unit II: Wild Swans at Coole by W.B. Yeats1. Types of Feminism/ Different aspects
Unit III: Pigmalion by G. B. Shaw
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
1. Life and Work of G. B. Shaw
2. Pigmalion Summary
3. Pigmalion Critical Appreciation
4. Life and Work of Graham Greene
5. The Heart of the Matter Summary
6. The Heart of the Matter Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: Tradition & The Individual Talent by T. S. Eliot1. Life and Work of Toni Morrison
2. Summary
3. Critical Appreciation

BA English Honours Semester 6

Core Paper XIII: Modern European Drama
Unit I: Topics to be studied in the context of European Drama1. Politics
2. social changes and stage
3. Text and performance;
4. Realism and exprimentation
5. Tragedy and Heroism
Unit II: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen1. Life and Work of Henrik Ibsen
2. Ghosts Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht
1. Life and Work of Bertolt Brecht
2. The Good Woman of Setzuan Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco1. Life and Work of Eugène Ionesco
2. Rhinoceros Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Core Paper XIV: Postcolonial Literature
Unit I: Post Colonialism Topics1. Postcolonial sensibility
2. Postcolonial literature in English in India
3. Postcolonial literature in English in South Africa
4. Postcolonial literature in America
Unit II: The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga1. Life and Work of Arvind Adiga
2. The White Tiger Summary
3. Critical Appreciation
Unit III: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe1. Life and Work of Chinua Achebe
2. Things Fall Apart Summary
3. Things Fall Apart Critical Appreciation
Unit IV: Wide Sargasso Sea by John Rhys1. Life and Work of John Rhys
2. Wide Sargasso Sea Summary
3. Wide Sargasso Sea Critical Appreciation