The purpose of this course is to bring our syllabi on a par with international standards.
After familiarizing the students with the tenets of classical literary criticism, it introduces
them to the literary approaches of the modern critics, i.e. Eliot, Frye, followed by the
beginnings of postmodern critical theories, rooted in the works of Woolf and introduced
later in detail in Eagleton. The recent and current trends of post-structuralism will be
introduced so as to enable the students to apply these theories to textual analysis. To
achieve this objective, a compulsory question of practical criticism will be set on an
unseen passage, in the final examination.
Note: The exam will include practice of analysis/application of theoretical concepts.
On the Sublime
|The Tradition and the Individual Talent
Anatomy of Criticism
(Special emphasis on chapters on myth criticism & modes)
Section-III Modern / Postmodern Movements
Terry Eagleton's Modern Literary Theory
Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own
Philip Rice and Patricia Waugh (eds) 1989/2001 Modem Literary Theory
Arnold Michael Levenson (ed) 1999. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism, CUP
Terry Eagleton 1983 Literary Theory: An Introduction
Basil Blackwell, Rich Rylance and Judy Simons (ed) 2001 Literature in Context, Palgrave
Todd E. Davis and Kenneth Womack (ed) 2002 Formalist Criticism and Reader
Response Theory, Palgrave
Sara Mills, Feminist Stylistics, Routledge, 1995.
Helene Keyssar (ed) 1996 Feminist Theatre and Theory, New Case Books, MacMillan
Jonathan Culler 1975 Structuralist Poetics. Routledge & Kegan Paul
Paul Hamilton, Historicism, The New Critical Idiom, Routledge.l996