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American Literature : Course Outline

The course surveys American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts.

Course Outline

American Literature : An introduction

Critical Theory: An overview

  • Emily Dickinson as a poetess (Any 3 poems)
  • Obsession with death in Dickenson’s poetry
  • Transcendentalism
  • Feminism

Detailed study with critical analysis of ANY 3 of  the following poems:

  • Success is Counted Sweetest
  • A Light Exists in Spring
  • Because I could not Stop for Death
  • I Felt a Funeral in my Brain
  • A Route of Evanescence
  • A bird Came Down the Walk

Robert Frost as a Modern American poet

Sylvia Plath: Critical appreciation of any 3 of her poems

Ted Hughes: Critical appreciation of the following poems:

  •  The Road Not Taken
  • Crow
  • Hawk Roosting

The Glass Menagerie

  • Gender Roles
  • Behavior Characteristics
  • Communication Patterns
  • Sources of Power
  • Physical Appearance

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