B.A. English Honours Syllabus

B.A. English Honours Syllabus : New syllabus 2021 to onward specially for BBMKU and VBU but this syllabus followed by other All other universities of Jharkhand.

Binod Bihari Mahto Koyalanchal University, Dhanbad

And
Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag

Semester 1

Core 1 ( Paper 1) BASIC LITERARY CONCEPT : B.A. English Honours Syllabus

Unit 1 Poetry

  • Type of Poetry: Ballad, Elegy, Epic, Lyric, Ode, Sonnet
  • Literary Terms and metres: 1- Alliteration, Archaism, Assonance, Cocophony, Conceit, Elision, Euphony, Hyperbole, Imagery, Metaphor, Metonymy, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, Personification, Paradox, Pun, Refrain, Simile, Synechedoche; 2- Ballad Stanza, Black Verse, Couplet, Free Verse, Heroic Couplet, Octave, Ottava Rima, Quatrain, Sestet, Tercet, Terza Rima.

Unit 2 Drama

  • Elements of Drama: Character, Dialogue, Plot, Setting, Stage.
  • Types of Drama & Dramatic Terms: (i) Burlesque, Comedy, Comedy of Humours, Comedy of Manners, Farce, Interlude, Masque, Miracle Play, Morality Play, Mystery Play, Opera, Problem Play, Realistic Drama, Tragedy (ii) Antagonist, Catharsis, Climax, Comic Relief, Dramatic Irony, Hamartia, Hubris, Monologue, Pathetic Fallacy, Protagonist, Soliloquy.

Unit 3 Fiction

  • Elements of Fiction: Character, Narrative Point of View, Plot, Setting, Style.
  • Types of Fiction & Literary Terms: (i) Anti-novel, Detective Novel, Epistolary Novel, Gothic Novel, Novel, Novella, Picaresque Novel, Psychological Novel, Regional Novel, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Stream of Consciousness Technique (ii) Allusion, Anti-hero, Climax, Denouement, Diction, Media Res, Rhetoric, Subtext.

Unit 4

  • Scansion

Core 2 ( Paper 2) WORLD CLASSICAL LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Unit 1

  • The Iliad – Homer, Book I (Translation by Edward Earl of Derby)

Unit 2

  • Godan – Premchand (Tr. By Jai Ratan and P Lal)

Unit 3

  • Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant; translated by Albert M. C. McMaster, A E Henderson, Quesada and others. 1.The Necklace 2.Two Friends 3.The Piece of String 4. Boule de Suif (Ball of Fat or Butterball) 5.Two Soldiers (Two Little Soldiers).

Unit 4

  • Chairs – Eugène Ionesco (Penguin Modern Classics)

Semester 2

Core 3 (Paper 3) INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH

Unit 1

  • Social, political, religious and economic conditions of the respective periods in Indian Writing in English; Indian English Poetry of the First Phase, Indian English Poetry of the Second Phase, Post-independence Indian English Poetry; Pre-independence Indian English Drama, Post-independence Indian English Drama; Pre-independence Indian English Novel, Post-independence Indian English Novel; Indian English Short Story.

Unit 2

  • The Guide by R.K. Narayan

Unit 3

  • Nagamandala by Girish Karnad

Unit 4

  • H L V Derozio, Toru Dutt, Sarojini Naidu, Nissim Ezekiel, Jayant Mahapatra, Keki N Daruwalla, Kamla Das.

Core 4 (Paper 4) BRITISH LITERATURE: 14TH TO 17TH CENTURY

Unit 1

  • Students are required to study the social, political, religious and economic conditions of the respective ages in England from the 14th to the 17th century, significant movements, influences and literary schools.

Unit 2

  • Nun’s Priest’s Tale – by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • A Hymn to God the Father – by John Donne
  • How Soon Hath Time – by John Milton
  • To His Coy Mistress – by Andrew Marvell

Unit 3

  • As You Like It – by Shakespeare

Unit 4

  • An Essay of Dramatic Poesy – by John Dryden

Semester 3

Core 5 (Paper 5) AMERICAN LITERATURE (19TH & 20TH CENTURY)

Unit 1

  • Students are required to study the social, political, religious and economic conditions of the respective periods in American Writing in English, significant literary movements, influences and literary schools in 19th and 20th centuries.

Unit 2

  • Poetry: Poetry – Selections from ‘Song of Myself’: ‘A child said, What is the grass…’; ‘I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars…’ – Whitman; ‘The Road Not Taken’, ‘Two Tramps in Mud Time’ – Robert Frost; ‘Tulips’, ‘Mirror’ – Sylvia Plath

Unit 3

  • The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemingway

Unit 4

  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

Core 6 (Paper 6) POPULAR FICTION IN ENGLISH : B.A. English Honours Syllabus

Unit 1

  • Evolution of popular literature in English in England, America and India.

Unit 2

  • The Sign of the Four – by Sherlock Holmes

Unit 3

  • Five Point Someone – by Chetan Bhagat

Unit 4

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams

Core 7 (Paper 7) BRITISH POETRY AND DRAMA: 18TH CENTURY

Unit 1

  • Students are required to study the social, political, religious and economic conditions of the respective period in England, important individual poets and dramatists and their important works as well as the significant literary movements, trends, influences and schools in the 18th century.

Unit 2

  • Rape of the Lock – by Alexander Pope

Unit 3

  • The School for Scandal – by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Unit 4

  • The Tiger, The Lamb, The Fly, The Song – by William Blake

Semester 4

Core 8 (Paper 8) BRITISH PROSE (FICTION AND NON-FICTION): 18TH CENTURY

Unit 1

  • History of English prose in the 18th century with significant influences and movements and important individual authors and their works.

Unit 2

  • Tom Jones – by Henry Fielding

Unit 3

  • The Castle of Otranto – by Horace Walpole

Unit 4

  • Swift’s Satires (A Modest Proposal, Letter of Advice to a Young Poet) – by Jonathan Swift
  • Lives of Poets (Milton, Dryden) – by Samuel Johnson

Core 9 (Paper 9) BRITISH PROSE (FICTION AND NON-FICTION): 19TH CENTURY

Unit 1

  • History of English prose in the 19th century with significant influences and movements and important individual authors.

Unit 2

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Unit 3

  • Hard Times – by Charles Dickens

Unit 4

  • Preface to the Lyrical Ballads – William Wordsworth
  • Study of Poetry – Matthew Arnold

Core 10 (Paper 10) BRITISH POETRY: 19TH CENTURY : B.A. English Honours Syllabus

Unit 1

  • History of British poetry in the 19th century with significant social, political, economic and other influences, movements, trends along with important individual poets and their works.

Unit 2

  • Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey – by William Wordsworth
  • Kubla Khan – by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Unit 3

  • Ode to the West Wind – by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Ode to the Nightingale – by John Keats

Unit 4

  • In Memoriam (Stanzas LIV: Oh, yet we trust …; CVI: Ring out, wild bells …) – Tennyson
  • How Do I Love Thee (Sonnet No. 43) – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • My Last Duchess – Robert Browning

Semester 5

Core 11 (Paper 11) WOMEN’S WRITING : B.A. English Honours Syllabus

Unit 1

  • History of feminism and women’s writing in the West and India.

Unit 2

  • Notes on different aspects/types of feminism: Anarcha-Feminism, Black Feminism, Cultural Feminism, Ecofeminism, Gynocriticism, I-Feminism, Liberal Feminism, Marxist and Socialist Feminism, Multiracial Feminism, Patriarchy, Postcolonial Feminism, Radical Feminism, Transfeminism and other contemporary terms.

Unit 3

  • Fasting, Feasting – by Anita Desai

Unit 4

  • Sula –  by Toni Morrison

Core 12 (Paper 12) BRITISH WRITING: EARLY 2OTH CENTURY

Unit 1

  • History of the English literature of the early 20th century (1900-1950) in England with significant influences and movements, along with important individual authors and their works.

Unit 2

  • Wild Swans at Coole – by W B Yeats
  • Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock – by T S Eliot

Unit 3

  • Pygmalion – by G B Shaw
  • The Heart of the Matter – by Graham Greene

Unit 4

  • Tradition and the Individual Talent – by T S Eliot

Semester 6

Core 13 (Paper 13) MODERN EUROPEAN DRAMA

Unit 1

  • Topics to be studied in the context of European Drama: Politics, social change and the Stage; Text and performance; Realism and experimentation; Tragedy and Heroism.

Unit 2

  • Ghosts – by Henrik Ibsen

Unit 3

  • The Good Woman of Setzuan – Bertolt Brecht (English version by Eric Bentley)

Unit 4

  • Rhinoceros – Ionesco (Penguin Modern Classics)

Core 14 (Paper 14) POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE

Unit 1

  • Topics to be studied in context of post colonialism: Postcolonial sensibility; Postcolonial literature in English in India; Postcolonial literature in English in South Africa; Postcolonial literature in Americas.

Unit 2

  • The White Tiger – by Aravind Adiga

Unit 3

  • Things Fall Apart – by Chinua Achebe

Unit 4

  • Wide Sargasso Sea – by John Rhys

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