Thursday, November 12, 2009

Courses of Study



 

VINOBA BHAVE UNIVERSITY, HAZARIBAG.
COURSES OF STUDY FOR ENGLISH HONOURS
(PART- I, II AND III)

BA PART-I ENGLISH HONOURS

PAPER-I
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS

      1.    Reading Fiction:

Group A: Definition and Nature of Fiction, Narrative Forms; How it is different from Romance, Novella, Drama and Short Stories;  The Elements of Novel- Theme, Plot, Characters and their types; Modes of Characterization; Narrative Art; Setting; Technique; Style; Range of the Novel; its kinds- Epic Romance, Gothic Novel, Picaresque Novel, Realistic Novel, Historical Novel, Political Novel, Satirical Novel, Stream of Consciousness Novel, Science Fiction, Regional Novel, Biographical Novel, Autobiographical Novel, Short Story and its elements.

Group B:
Textual Study:
1George Eliot: Silas Marner 
2. E.M.Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread 
3. Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of Baskerville 

2.    Reading Drama:

Group A: Definition and of Drama;  Stages of its development; Elements of Drama – Story, Plot, Character and Dialogue; Soliloquies; Kinds of Drama – Greek Drama, Shakespearean Drama; Tragedy; Comedy; Types of Comedy – Romantic, Classical, Comedy of Humours, Comedy of Manners, Sentimental and Anti-Sentimental Comedy, Anti Romantic Comedy, Melodrama, Farce, Heroic Play, Problem Play, Poetic Drama, Absurd Drama, Tragi-Comedy, Dance-Drama, Mime, Masque, Catharsis, Miracle Plays, Morality Plays, Chorus.

Group B:
Textual study:
1.Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice 
2. Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer 
3.T.S.Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral


Distribution of marks:
1.   Reading fiction :
GROUP A:
One question out of 3 related to the reading of fiction detailed in group A or any other topic connected with it.
GROUP B:
1 question out of 2 purely textual questions on each novel related to the problem of how to read fiction.

2.  Reading drama:
GROUP A:
1 question out of 3 related to the reading of drama detailed in group c or on other topics related to it.
GROUP B:
1 question out of 2 purely textual questions on each drama related to the problem of how to read drama. 

3. Short notes on 4 topics/literary terms out of 6 selected from groups A in section, reading fiction and reading drama.


BA PART-I ENGLISH HONOURS

PAPER-II
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS.
1.    GROUP A:
Reading poetry:
Definitions: Nature and elements of poetry, classifications of poetry-lyric, ode, elegy, sonnet, epic, ballad, narrative poetry, descriptive poetry, nature poetry, love poetry, stylistic study: diction and syntax; characteristics and uses of meters;  imagery; symbolism; myth etc.

2.    GROUP B:
Textual study:
a)    The winged word(ed.) David green(Macmillan)
The following poems are prescribed-
                      I.        William Shakespeare: sonnet no: 60
                    II.        John Donne: A Hymn to God the Father
                   III.        George Herbert: Virtue
                  IV.        John Milton: How Soon Hath Time
                    V.        Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress
                  VI.        William Blake; The Poison Tree
                 VII.        William words worth: Lines Written A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey.
                VIII.        John Keats; Ode to a Nightingale
                  IX.        P.B.Shelley: Ode To The West Wind
                    X.        Lord Alfred Tennyson: Break, Break, Break
                  XI.        Robert browning: Porphyria’s lover
                 XII.        Mathew Arnold; Shakespeare

b)    S.T.Coleridge; The Rime Of the Ancient Mariner

3.    GROUP C:
Practical criticism:
Long passage from unseen poems for textual criticism applying four tools of analysis-sense feeling, tone, and intention while analysing the theme and the style. Attention should be paid also to diction, allusions, imagery, and symbolism if the passages contain them.

4.    GROUP D:
Prosody/scansion:
Prosody treats of the laws regulating the structure of verses or lines of poetry. It may be called the grammar of verse. A student of poetry must be well acquainted with accentuation of syllables and the number of accented/unaccented syllables in the lines in addition to his knowledge of various kinds of feet, verse and stanza forms. The teachers should allow students to read poetry aloud.

5.    GROUP E:
Notes on literary terms from poetry and prosody:
Alliteration, Assonance, Personification, Conceit, Simile, Metaphor, Synecdoche, Metonymy, Transferred Epithet, Antithesis, Onomatopoeia, Cacophony, Euphony, Hyperbole, Dirge, Epitaph, Epigram, Dramatic Monologue, Climax, Pathos, Pathetic Fallacy, Symbol, Rhythm, Meter, Couplet, Blank Verse, Free Verse, Spleen Sarian Stanza, Ottava Rima, Ballad Stanza.

Distribution of marks:
1.    Group A: 1 out of 3 topics related to the readings of poetry as detailed in group a or even other terms/topics related to it.
2.    Group B: purely textual analysis of one poem out of 3 poems prescribed from winged word.
3.    1 question out of 2 purely textual question on the ancient mariner.
4.    Group C: Practical Criticism
a)    1 passage out of 2 unseen passages to be textually analysed without mentioning the poet or the age.
b)    Explanation of one passage


PART II ENGLISH HONOURS

PAPER III
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS

GROUP A:
A study of the history of English literature from the renaissance to the age of pope, including Chaucer from the 14th century, keeping in view the social, political and religious backgrounds, reformation, the renaissance and their effect on the development of poetry ,drama, prose romances, criticism and prose essays.

GROUP B:
Textual study:
1.    Geoffrey Chaucer: The Prologue To The Canterbury Tales-From Line No:1 To 207
2.    William Shakespeare: Macbeth
3.    John Dryden: Mac Flecknoe
4.    Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
5.    Jonathan swift; satires and personal writings of swift
The following pieces are prescribed:
a)    A Modest Proposal
b)    Letter Of Advice To A Young Poet
c)    Meditation Upon A Broom Stick
d)    A Letter To The Whole People Of Ireland
6.    Sheridan: The School For Scandal

Distribution of marks:
1.    Group A: 2 questions out of 4 on the background and history of the English literature, on its different branches.
2.    Group B: 3 questions out of 2 alternative questions on each prescribed book.

DEGREE PART II ENGLISH HONOURS

PAPER IV
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS

GROUP A:
A study of the history of English literature with reference to its social , religious, political and economic backgrounds and a detailed study of the development of poetry , drama, novel, prose, criticism; the well known authors and their popular works.

GROUP B:
Textual study:
1.    Mathew Arnold: Shoran and Rustum
2.    Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
3.    Dickens; David Copperfield
4.    Oscar Wilde; The Importance of Being Earnest
5.    Lord Byron: The Vision of Judgement.

Distribution of marks:
1.    GROUP A: 2 questions out of 4 on the background and history of English literature with emphasis on the development of poetry, drama, fiction, prose, criticism and their authors.
2.    GROUP B: 3 questions out of 2 alternative questions on each prescribed book.


PART III ENGLISH HONOURS

PAPER V
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH (1950-1951)
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS

GROUP A:
A study of the history of English literature along with its social, political and economic backgrounds, the effect of the two world wars on life and literature; concentrating on the development of poetry, novel, drama, prose, criticism and short stories.

GROUP B:
Textual study:
1.    T.S.Eliot; Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock
2.    G.B.Shaw: Pygmalion
3.    Rudyard Kipling: Kim
4.    Modern short stories iind series ed. Derek Hudson, O.U.P

The following short stories are prescribed:
                       I.  The Kite- Somerset Maugham
                      II. The Hostages-C.S.Forester
                    III. The Voice-V.S.Pritchett
                    IV. The Basement Room-Graham Greene
                     V.    Local Boy Makes Good-John Moore
                    VI. Maria-Elizabeth Bowen

5.    English essayists, ed. Sushant K.Sinha, O.U.P.
The essays of following writers are prescribed;
Chesterton, Gardiner, Lynd, Priestley, Huxley, Forster.

Distribution of marks:
1.    GROUP A: one question out of 3 from the history of English literature related to its background and different branches of literature.
2.    Objective questions from group A on authors, their major works and major literary events of the age.
3.    GROUP B: 3 questions out of 2 alternative questions on each prescribed book.
4.    2 explanations out of 1 passage from each prescribed book.

PART III ENGLISH HONOURS

PAPER VI
COMPOSITION AND APPLIED LANGUAGE SKILLS
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS

1.    Précis(a prose passage of about 400 words)
2.    Comprehension of a standard prose passage
3.    Report writing
4.    Writing 1 short essay on a current topic out of 4
5.    Letters-business/personal/letter to the editor
6.    Advertisement writing on a given subject.

PART III

PAPER VII
LANGUAGE CRITICAL TERMS AND CONCEPTS
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS
GROUP A
HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Nature, origin and functions of language; position of English in the indo-Germanic family of languages; characteristics features of old English and modern English ; various influences/borrowings or /in English language-Greek, Latin, French, Scandivian ; notes on gimm’s and verner’s laws; impact of renaissance on English language, American English and its differences from British English; influence of Shakespeare and bible on English  language; slang; future of English in India; standard Indian English.

GROUP B:
Critical concepts: English Critical text ed., Enright and Chkra, O.U.P
The following prices are Prescribed:
1.    Philip Sidney: An Apology For Poetry
2.    John Dryden: An Essay Of Dramatic Poesy
3.    Dr.Johnson: Preface To Shakespeare
4.    P.B.Shelley: Defence Of Poetry
5.    M.Arnnold: The Study Of Poetry
6.    D.H. Lawrence; Why The Novel Matters
7.    T.S.Eliot: Tradition And Individual Talent

GROUP C:
Critical terms:
a)    Legislative criticism
b)    Marxist criticism
c)    Biographical criticism
d)    Psychoanalytical criticism
e)    Objective correlative
f)     Negative capability
g)    Impressionistic criticism
h)    Mimetic criticism
i)      Expressive criticism
j)      Textual criticism
k)    Objective criticism
l)      Lemon squeezer school of criticism
m)  Classicism
n)    Structuralism
o)    Post- structuralism

Distribution of marks:
1.    Group A: History Of English Language
1 question out of 3 from the history of language
2.    Group B: 3 question out of 1 question each on any five prescribed pieces from the text.
3.    Group C: 4 notes on critical terms and concepts out of 6 from the prescribed one.

PART III

PAPER VIII
INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH
FULL MARKS- 100, TIME- 3 HOURS

GROUP A:
Background reading with reference to the following topics:
1.    Indo-Anglian Poetry of the 19th century
2.    Social and political conditions of India between 1900-1947 and their impact on Indian literature in English.
3.    Indo-Anglian poetry of the 20th  century before 1947
4.    Indo-Anglian poetry of the 20th century after 1947
5.    Impact of Gandhi on Indian literature in English.
6.    Indo-Anglian prose since 1947.
7.    Trends in 20th century Indian novels in English
8.    19th century indo-Anglian novels.
9.    Indo-Anglian novels in post-independence era.
10.  Indo-Anglian drama.
11.  Indo-Anglian short story.

GROUP B:
Fiction:
The following books are prescribed
1.    Raja Rao: Kanthapura
2.    Khushwant Singh: Train to Pakistan
3.    R.K.Narayan : The Guide
4.    Anita Desai: Cry, The Peacock

GROUP C:
Poetry:
1.    An anthropology of Indian English poetry(orient Longman)
The works of the following poets are prescribed:
a)    Derozio
b)    Toru Dutt
c)    Sarojini Naidu
d)    Nissim Ezekiel
e)    Jayant Mahapatra
f)     Kamala das
g)    Daruwalla

GROUP D:
Short stories/drama:
1.    Modern short stories: a reader, lucknow university
The following stories are prescribed;
1)    Tagore:Cabuliwallah
2)    Malgonkar : Cargo from Singapore
3)    R.K.Narayan; The Axe
4)    Mulk Raj Anand: The Barbar’s Trade Union
2.    Girish Karnad: Tuqhlaq

Distribution of marks:
1.    GROUP A: 1 question out of 3 to be set and attempted
2.    GROUP B: 2 question out of 2 alternative questions on each book.
3.    GROUP C: 1 question out of 2 on the prescribed poets.
4.    GROUP D: 1 question out of two from the stories.


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BA PART 1

ENGLISH
SUBSIDIARY/GENERAL (LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE)
GROUP A
The following books are prescribed:
1.    The Winged Word: an anthology of poems for degree course ed. David Green, Macmillan.
The following poems are prescribed:
a)    Thomas Wyatt The Elder: I Find No Peace
b)    Shakespeare: Fear No More The Heat Of The Sun
c)    John Donne: From Holy Sonnet No.1
d)    Ben Jonson: Song to Celia
e)    George Herbert: The Pulley
f)     Henry Vaugham: The Retreat
g)    Pope: From Essay On Man
h)    Thomas Gray: Hymn To Adversity
i)      Robert Burns: A Red, Red Rose
j)      Wordsworth:Three Years She Grew
k)    Keats: Ode To Autumn
l)      Malthew Arnold: Longing
m)  W.B.Yeats: The Wild Swans Ay Coole
n)    Rupert Broke: The Dead
o)    Robert Graves: Warning To Children
GROUP B:
Drama:
2.    G.B.Shaw: You Never Can Tell

3.    Definitions of the following literary terms:
a)    Heroic couplet
b)    Blank verse
c)    Sonnet
d)    Alliteration
e)    Assonance
f)     Elegy
g)    Simile
h)    Metaphor
i)      Personification
j)      Ode
k)    Lyric
l)      Allegory
m)  Ballad
n)    Epic
o)    Cacophony
p)    Hyperbole
q)    Conceit
r)     Onomatopoeia
s)    Euphony
t)     Epitaph

4.    Grammar
a)    Correction of common errors
b)    Idioms and phrases
c)    Homonyms, synonyms, antonyms,
d)    Précis writing
e)    Essay

Distribution of marks:
1.    Explanation: 3, at least 1 from each group, out of 6(3 from poetry and 3 from drama) to be set, to be attempted.
2.    Poetry: 1 critical question out of 3 to be set, to be attempted.
3.    Drama: 1 question out of 3 to be set, to be attempted.
4.    Essay: 1 essay out of 4 on current topics.
5.    Definitions of 2 literary terms out of 4 to be set.
6.    Grammar:
a)    Common errors
b)    Homonyms
c)    Idioms and phrases
d)    Synonyms and antonyms
e)    Précis

B.A. PART-1

ALTERNATIVE ENGLISH

The following books are prescribed:
1.    George Orwell-Animal Farm
2.    C.E.Eckerslay- Brighter English(Orient Longman)- All the Poems
3.    Short Essay

Distribution of marks
1.    1 question from the animal farm out of 3 to be set, to be attempted.
2.    1 critical appreciation of a poem out of 3 to be set, to be attempted.
3.    1 short essay (not exceeding 400 words) out of 4 topics, to be attempted.



B.A PART II

ALTERNATIVE ENGLISH

The following books are prescribed:
1.    C.E.Eckerslay-Brighter English(Orient Longman)
2.    The following short stories are prescribed:
a)    Somerset Maugham-The Luncheon
b)    Jerome k. Jerome-The Dancing Partner
c)    Oscar Wilde- The Happy Prince
d)    H.G.Wells-The Pearl Love
3.    All 4 one act plays are prescribed
4.    Meaning of unseen prose/passage

Distribution of marks:
1.    1 question from short stories out of 3 to be set, to be attempted
2.     1 Question from the one act plays out of 2 to be set, to be attempted.
3.    Meaning of unseen prose/passage.


B.A. PART-II

ENGLISH
SUBSIDIARY /GENERAL (LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE)

GROUP A
The following books are prescribed:
1.    Tales of all  times ed. P.V. Ramchanran (vikas)
The following stories are prescribed
a)    God Seas The Truth But Waits-Leo Tolstoy
b)    Rajah’s Diamond-R.L.Stevenson
c)    The Cabuliwala –Rabindra Nath Tagore
d)    A Cup Of Tea-Katherine Mansfield
e)    The Gold Watch-Mulk Raj Ananad
f)     Love Story-Robert Southey
g)    Writing On The Image-William Morris

GROUP B
2.    The Tempest- William Shakespeare
3.    Definitions of the following literary terms:
Tragedy, Comedy, Farce, Melodrama, Tragic Flaw, Poetic Justice, Dramatic Irony, Soliloquy, Aside, Dramatic Monologue, Plot, Character, Catharsis, Climax, Comedy of Humours, Heroic Tragedy ,Problem Play, Noah Play, Mime Dialogue.
4.    Report writings
5.    Letters

Distribution of marks:
1.    Explanation :3 at least 1 from each  group(stories  and drama), out of 6(3 from stories; 3 from drama)
2.    1 question from the short stories, out of 3 to be set, to be attempted
3.    One comprehension either from poetry or from prose
4.    Definitions of 2 literary terms out of 4 to be set, to be attempted
5.    Report writing
6.    Letter writing.
BA PART III

ENGLISH
GENERAL

The following books are prescribed
1.    Anthology of Indian English poetry: Orient Longman
The followings poems are prescribed
a)    H.Deozio
b)    Toru Dutt: The Lotus
c)    Tagore: Silent Steps
d)    Sri Aurbindo: Transformation
e)    Sarojini Naidu: The Souls Prayer
f)     Shiv k. Kumar; Pilgrimage
g)    Nissim Ezekiel; Philosophy
h)    Jayant Mahapatra; The Whore House In A Calcutta Street
i)      Kamla Das; After The Illness
j)      Daruwalla:Charvaka
2.    Bhavani Bhattacharya; He Who  Rides A Tiger
3.    Translation
4.    Advertisement writing
5.    Paragraph writings

Distribution of marks:
1.    Explanations:3 at least 1 from each book, out of 6 to be set 3 from poetry , 3 from novel)
2.    1 critical questions out of 3 to be set from the anthology of Indian English poetry
3.    1 question on he who rides a tiger, out of 3 to be set
4.    Translation from Hindi into English
5.    Advertisement writing on a given  topic


6.    Paragraph writings.

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