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Introduction to English literature: Course Outline(ENG-501)

English literature is writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays.

Course Contents

UNIT 1: What is literature?

Literature’s aim and scope

Literature and society

 Literature and Belief

Art for Art’s Sake and Art for Life’s Sake

UNIT 2: Apollonian and Dionysian views, Romanticism and Classicism

 Literature and the writer’s personality

UNIT 3: Poetry: its nature and function

Different forms: epic, sonnet, allegory, ballad, ode, lyrics etc. and their development

UNIT 4: Drama: its nature and function

Different forms of drama: Tragedy, Comedy, Verse drama

UNIT 5: One Act play, origin and development.

UNIT 6: Novel: its nature and function

Different forms of novel: Epistolary, Picaresque, Stream of Consciousness

UNIT 7: Criticism: its nature and function

UNIT 8: Different schools of Criticism: Classical, Romantic, Marxian, Psychological, Textual etc.