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INTRODUCTION


The purpose of the new MA course in English, under the semester system, is to offer the postgraduate student of English Literature both basic and specialised training at an advanced level. It is qualitatively different from the BA Honours course, in that is assumes that the student has already made a commitment to higher learning, and is training either for an academic career, or for one that will utilise expertise in area studies.


Students will be required to take eight compulsory or ‘core’ courses, and eight optional courses. The compulsory requirement will equip the student to carry out teaching, research and allied academic activities in the general field of English studies in India and abroad. The optional courses are intended to develop specific research or professional interests. They are classified under broad chronological or thematic heads for convenience of reference, but the student is free to choose any combination of options.


Course requirements

  • At the MA level, students will have to take eight 'core or compulsory courses, and eight optional courses.

  • Optional courses are grouped under eight clusters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H (see below). Students are free to choose any combination of options.


Optional courses

  • Not all the optional courses listed below will be offered in any one year. The choice of options will depend on the availability of teachers and the interest shown by students.

  • The department may devise new optional courses from time to time. These will be notified to the students through a decision of the Board of Studies, approved by the Faculty Council and the Executive Council, Jadavpur University.

  • Specific reading lists for the optional courses will be supplied to students who opt for those courses well before the beginning of the semester. Course materials, as and when necessary, may also be supplied in the form of a booklet.



COURSE STRUCTURE

MA


CORE COURSES

Semester 1 Course Number

1. Medieval and Renaissance English Literature Eng/PG/1.1.1

2. English Literature 1830-1900 Eng/PG/1.1.5


Semester 2

3. English Literature 1630-1760 Eng/PG/1.2.3

4. English Literature 1760-1830 Eng/PG/1.2.4


Semester 3

5. English Literature 1900-2000 Eng/PG/2.1.6

6. Literary Theory and Cultural Studies Eng/PG/2.1.8


Semester 4

7. Renaissance Drama Eng/PG/2.2.2

8. Postcolonial English Literature Eng/PG/2.2.7


OPTIONAL COURSES


Cluster A: Medieval and Renaissance English Literature

  1. Old English Poetry and Prose Eng/PG/A1

  2. Old English Grammar Eng/PG/A2

  3. Early Middle English Literature Eng/PG/A3

  4. The Pilgrimage in Medieval Literature Eng/PG/A4

  5. Medieval Drama Eng/PG/A5

  6. Dream in Medieval Literature Eng/PG/A6

  7. Arthurian Romance Eng/PG/A7

  8. Chaucer Eng/PG/A8

  9. Petrarch and the Renaissance Eng/PG/A9

  10. Humanism Eng/PG/A10

  11. Renaissance Epic Eng/PG/A11

  12. Renaissance Art Eng/PG/A12

  13. The Protestant Reformation Eng/PG/A13

  14. Renaissance Political Thought Eng/PG/A14

  15. Renaissance Drama Excluding Shakespeare Eng/PG/A15

  16. Shakespeare Eng/PG/A16

  17. Donne Eng/PG/A17

  18. Revenge Tragedy Eng/PG/A18

  19. Science, Poetry and Politics in the Renaissance Eng/PG/A19

  20. Women and the Renaissance Eng/PG/A20



Cluster B: English Literature 1630-1760

  1. Society and Literature during the English Civil War Eng/PG/B1

  2. Milton: Prose and Poetry Eng/PG/B2

  3. Enlightenment and the Culture of Reason Eng/PG/B3

  4. The Beginnings of the Novel Eng/PG/B4

  5. Poetry, Politics, and Society, 1660-1760 Eng/PG/B5

  6. Drama: Heroic, Comic and Sentimental Eng/PG/B6


Cluster C: English Literature 1760-1830

  1. Literature and the French Revolution Eng/PG/C1

  2. Romanticism and the Culture of Dissent Eng/PG/C2

  3. Shelley Eng/PG/C3

  4. Keats Eng/PG/C4

  5. Romantic Geographies Eng/PG/C5

  6. The Historical Novel Eng/PG/C6

  7. Sensibility, Travel and the Gothic Eng/PG/C7



Cluster D: English Literature 1830-1900

  1. Victorian Literature and Empire Eng/PG/D1

  2. Mystery and Detection in the Victorian Novel Eng/PG/D2

  3. New Woman Novels Eng/PG/D3

  4. Thomas Hardy Eng/PG/D4

  5. Darwin and the Victorian Novel Eng/PG/D5

  6. Science and Victorian Poetry Eng/PG/D6

  7. George Eliot Eng/PG/D7

  8. Nineteenth Century Women Novelists Eng/PG/D8


Cluster E: Literature in the Twentieth Century

  1. Graham Greene Eng/PG/E1

  2. Modern Theatre Eng/PG/E2

  3. British Fiction Between the Wars Eng/PG/E3

  4. Modern European Fiction Eng/PG/E4

  5. Modernism and Poetry Eng/PG/E5

  6. Postmodern Fictions Eng/PG/E6


Cluster F: Postcolonial and American Literature

  1. Indian Writing in English Eng/PG/F1

  2. Subaltern Studies Eng/PG/F2

  3. American Literature in the Nineteenth Century Eng/PG/F3

  4. American Literature in the Twentieth Century Eng/PG/F4

  5. Ethnic-American Literature Eng/PG/F5

  6. African Writing in English Eng/PG/F6

  7. Caribbean Writing in English Eng/PG/F7

  8. Diaspora Studies Eng/PG/F8

  9. Canadian Literature Eng/PG/F9

  10. The Literature of New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific Eng/PG/F10

  11. Shakespeare and Empire Eng/PG/F11


Cluster G: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

  1. Textual Criticism Eng/PG/G1

  2. Many Feminisms Eng/PG/G2

  3. Foucault Eng/PG/G3

  4. Literature and Psychoanalysis Eng/PG/G4

  5. Greek Literary and Aesthetic Thought Eng/PG/G5

  6. Romantic Critical Thought Eng/PG/G6

  7. Realism Eng/PG/G7

  8. Structure, Sign and Play Eng/PG/G8

  9. Image and Text Eng/PG/G9

  10. A Change of Mind: Literature and the Human Brain Eng/PG/G10

  11. The Dream in Literature Eng/PG/G11


Cluster H: Special Areas

  1. Women, Writing, Madness Eng/PG/H1

  2. History of the Book Eng/PG/H2

  3. Shakespeare in Performance Eng/PG/H3

  4. Literature and the Visual Arts Eng/PG/H4

  5. Popular Literature Eng/PG/H5

  6. Translation: A Case Study of Tagore Eng/PG/H6

  7. Literature and Gender Eng/PG/H7

  8. Queer Studies Eng/PG/H8

  9. Utopian Literature Eng/PG/H9

  10. The Literature of Espionage Eng/PG/H10

  11. Writing Leisure Eng/PG/H11

  12. Learning English? A Study of Text Books in English Eng/PG/H12

  13. Literature and Film Eng/PG/H13

  14. Performative Play: The Literature and Culture of Sport Eng/PG/H14

  15. The Theban Plays of Sophocles Eng/PG/H15

  16. Classical Tragedy Eng/PG/H16

  17. Classical Comedy Eng/PG/H17

  18. Drama in Practice Eng/PG/H18

  19. Special Author Eng/PG/H19

  20. Children's Literature Eng/PG/H20

  21. Science Fiction Eng/PG/H21

  22. Linguistics Eng/PG/H22

  23. Language and Thought Eng/PG/H23

  24. Death in Western Civilization Eng/PG/H24

  25. Literature and Medicine Eng/PG/H25

  26. Writing in Practice Eng/PG/H26



CORE COURSES


1. Medieval and Renaissance English Literature Eng/PG/1.1.1

The purpose of this course will be to ground the students' understanding of Medieval and Renaissance English literature in the study of specific texts. However, some basic conceptual and historical orientation will also be given in the introductory and valedictory hours.


Course structure:

1. Medieval and Renaissance: the historical and conceptual framework.

2. Two or three tales from The Canterbury Tales or other equivalent material from Chaucer.

3. Two or three passus from Piers Plowman.

4. The Faerie Queen: any one book.

5. A selection of Renaissance English poetry, from the Elizabethan lyric; mythological poetry; Shakespeare's sonnets; Metaphysical poetry and other early seventeenth century pieces down to the Cavalier poets, bringing out affinities and continuities obscured by the present canonical categories.

6. A selection of Renaissance English prose.


Recommended reading and works of reference:

(a) Selected primary texts from relevant sections of The Oxford Anthology of English Literature and/or The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Portable Renaissance Reader, ed. E. Cassirer, P.O. Kristeller and J.H. Randall, Penguin Viking 1953, The Renaissance Philosophy of Man, Chicago, 1948.


(b) Works on the age and background:

C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image, Cambridge, 1964

Marc Bloch, Feudal Society (English translation, London 1961)

Jacques le Goff, Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages, Chicago, 1980

Eileen Power, Medieval Women, Cambridge, 1975

Hardin Craig, The Enchanted Glass, New York, 1936

Paul O. Kristeller, Renaissance Thought and Its Sources, New York, 1979

C.S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love, Oxford 1936

William Kerrigan and Gordon Braden, The Idea of the Renaissance, Baltimore, 1989

J.B. Trapp (ed.) Background to the English Renaissance, London 1974

Douglas Bush, Mythology and the Renaissance Tradition in English Poetry, New York, 1963

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms, Baltimore, 1992

Gilbert Highet, The Classical Tradition, Oxford, 1949, relevant sections

Robert Ashton, Reformation and Revolution, 1558-1660, London 1984,

Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World, Oxford 1997, 2nd edn.

Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, Chicago 1980,

Margaret L. King, Women in the Renaissance, Chicago 1991


2. Renaissance Drama Eng/PG/2.2.2

1. Three plays from among the work of the following dramatists: Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Middleton, Marston.

2. Four plays of Shakespeare, taking one each from any four of these five groups:

a) Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream

b) King Lear, Hamlet

c) Measure for Measure

d) Richard III, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2

e) Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra

Note: All the above options need not be taught.


Recommended reading and works of reference:

Revels History of English Drama: relevant volumes

E.K. Chambers, William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems, London 1930

Jean Wilson, The Archaeology of Shakespeare, Stroud, 1995

E.K. Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage, Oxford 1923

G.E. Bentley, The Jacobean and Caroline Stage, Oxford 1941-68

Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, (eds), William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion, Oxford 1987

O.J. Campbell and E.G. Quinn, (eds.) A Shakespeare Encyclopaedia (also published as Reader's Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare) London/New York 1966

Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World, Oxford 1997, 2nd edn.


3. English Literature 1630-1760 Eng/PG/1.2.3

A. Poetry

Selected texts from Vaughan, Marvell, Milton, Dryden and Pope


B. Fiction

Two novels by Behn, Fielding and Sterne


C. Allegory and Satire

One text each by Bunyan and Swift


D Non-Fictional Prose

Selections from biography/autobiography, travel literature, religious, scientific and philosophical prose.


E. Drama

Two plays from Milton, Dryden, Congreve and Wycherley


Recommended reading:

Basil Willey, The Seventeenth Century Background; The Eighteenth Century Background

Christopher Hill, Milton and the English Revolution

Raymond Williams, The Country and the City

W. J. Bate, The Burden of the Past and the English Poet

Anthony Low, The Georgic Revolution

L.J. Bredvold, The Intellectual Milieu of John Dryden

E.J. Waith, Ideas of Greatness; The Herculean Hero

Maynard Mack, The Garden and the City

John Dixon Hunt, The Figure in the Landscape

Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel

Paul Fussell, The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism

Revels History of English Drama, relevant volumes


4. English Literature 1760-1830 Eng/PG/1.2.4

Poetry

1. Wordsworth - The Prelude

2. Romantic Narrative Poetry - selections from the following poets:

William Blake,

Percy Bysshe Shelley,

George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron,

John Keats.

3. Shorter poems selected from the following poets:

Oliver Goldsmith,

William Cowper,

George Crabbe,

Robert Burns

S.T. Coleridge

John Keats

William Jones

John Clare

Robert Southey

Felicia Hemans

Mary Robinson


4. Fiction

To be selected from the works of the following:

Lawrence Sterne

Horace Walpole

Anne Radcliffe

M.G. Lewis

Jane Austen

Walter Scott

Thomas Love Peacock

Mary Shelley


5. Non-fiction Prose

A selection fromt eh writings of William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, James Boswell, Thomas De Quincey, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft.


Recommended reading:

M.H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (1953)

Cynthia Chase, Romanticism (1993)

Stuart Curran, The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (1993)

Duncan Wu, Romanticism: A Critical Reader (1995)


The following anthologies may be consulted although selection of pieces may be from other sources:

Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, Romantic Poetry and Prose (1973)

Jerome J. McGann, The New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse (1993)

Duncan Wu, Romanticism: An Anthology (1994)

Duncan Wu, Romantic Women Poets: An Anthology (1994)

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