The purpose of the new ba honours course in English, under the semester system, is to provide a thorough grounding in literature written in the English




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Recommended reading


Marilyn Butler, Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries

Boris Ford, ed., New Pelican Guide to English Literature, Vol. 5

E.J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolutions 1789-1848

Jerome McGann, The Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse

William St Clair, The Godwins and the Shelleys


5. English Literature 1830-1900
  1. a. Background


The Victorian Age: literature, society, industry, empire


B. Fiction

Three novels from among the works of Dickens, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Hardy, Carroll, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilde

C. Poetry (selections from)


  1. Tennyson

  1. Robert Browning

  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  1. Swinburne

  1. Arnold

  1. Christina Rossetti



D. Prose


Extracts from Carlyle, Pater, Ruskin, Morris

Recommended reading


G.M. Trevelyan, English Social History

Asa Briggs, A Social History of England

Arthur Pollard, ed., The Victorians

Robin Gilmour, The Victorian Period: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1830-1890$

G.M. Young, Victorian England: Portrait of an Age

J.H. Buckley, The Victorian Temper: A Study in Literary Culture

Gilbert & Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic


6. English Literature 1900-2000

a. Background


Modernism and beyond


B. Fiction

1. Two novels by Virginia Woolf / DH Lawrence / EM Forster / Conrad / Alice Walker/ Toni Morrison / Greene

2. Four short stories from Joyce, Angela Carter, Maugham, JG Ballard, Roald Dahl, Kipling


C. Drama


1. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

2. Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman


D. Poetry (selections from)


Selections from the poetry of Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Plath, Langston Hughes, Auden, Owen


E. Prose


Selected essays by George Orwell, Marshall McLuhan, Susan Sontag, Germaine Greer, Russell


Recommended reading


AJP Taylor, English History 1914-1945

Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory

Julian Symons, The Thirties

Angus Calder, The People’s War

Martin Esslin, Theatre of the Absurd

Bernard Bergonzi, Wartime and Aftermath: English Literature and its Background

Donald Davie, Under Briggflatts: A History of Poetry in Great Britain 1960-1988

Alan Sinfield, ed, Society and Literature 1945-1970

Gilbert & Gubar, No Man’s Land: Vol. 2: Sexchanges

---The Norton Anthology of Literature Vol. 2


7. Postcolonial English Literature

A. Background and themes

1. The scope of postcolonial studies

2. The historical background to postcolonial studies

3. Postcolonial literature and the reclaiming of history

4. Postcolonial writing and the politics of language

B. Texts

1. Prose

Two novels from among the works of Chinua Achebe / J M Coetzee / Patrick White / Buchi Emecheta

Selections from the prose writings (fictional and non-fictional) by Atia Hossain, VS Naipaul, Alex La Guma, Doris Lessing, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, CLR James, Wilson Harris, Peter Carey, Sara Suleri


2. Drama

One play by Wole Soyinka / Derek Walcott / Athol Fugard


3. Poetry

Selections from the poetry of Derek Walcott, Louise Bennett, Andrew Salkey, Michael Ondaatje, Shirley Lim, Wole Soyinka, Gabriel Okara, Dennis Brutus, Sujata Bhatt

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