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BA IV Semester EST Literary Theory Course Plan 2010

BA IV Semester EST Literary Theory Course Plan 2010

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Department of English and Media StudiesChrist University, BangaloreIV Semester PSEng, JPEng, FEP (June-Sept 2010)
EST 431 Literary Theory
Course Plan
Total No of Hours (approx) : 60Teachers: Padmakumar (PK), Renu Abraham (RA), Anil Pinto
The paper initiates the students to unlearn some of their conventionalnations about what is literature; introduces them to a varied schools of literary criticismand theory; and welcomes them to frame their own sense of 'literature' and 'theory'.
To introduce the students to concepts, concerns, critical debates in theorisingliterary texts
To expose students to the applicability of the theoretical frameworks
To enable students to critically perceive and engage with productions of meanings, significations and negotiations
Level of Knowledge
: Working knowledge of English and literature
Expected Learning Outcome:
An awareness of the constructed-ness of the literarymaterial, and a refined sense of theory
SLNoTopics DatesRemarks
Unit I
“What is Literature?” Terry EagletonJuneWeek II, III2What is Literary Theory?Jonathan Culler: ‘Literary Theory in the UndergraduateProgramme’Week IV3Humanist Literary Theory:Plato From
“Book II”; Aristotle;Week II4Horace, Sir Philip Sidney; Sir Francis Bacon; JosephAddison; Edmond Burke; Samuel Johnson; Sir JoshuaReynolds; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge;John Keats; Edgar Allan Poe; Matthew ArnoldWeek III
5Unit II
Structuralism: Ferdinand de Saussure “Nature of LinguisticSign”; Claude Levi-Strauss and ‘The Structural Study of Myth’;JuneWeek V,July Week I,II6Humanism, Structuralism, PoststructuralismJuly WeeIII
7Deconstruction: Binary Opposition; The Role of theCentre; BricolageWeek IV, V
8Unit III
Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud ‘Creative Writers and DayDreaming’June Week IV, V9Jacques Lacan; ‘Self’ to Subject
July Week I,II
10Feminism: Pre-poststructuralistFeminist LiteraryTheory; Poststructuralist Feminist Literary Theory;ne Cixous and ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’; LuceIrigaray and ‘This Sex Which Is Not One’Week III,IV, V11Queer Theory: Flexible Sexuality?; Gay/Lesbian Studies;History to Historicism; Humanist History; NewHistoricismAugustWeek I12
Unit IV
Ideology and Discourse:Marxist Theory: A Few Basics; Loius Althusser andIdeology; Mikhail Bakhtin and ‘Discourse in the Novel’;Michel Foucault: Power/Knowledge, and the Author FunctionAugustWeek III,IV, V13Race and Postcolonialism:Colonialism and English; Henry Louis Gates Jr and ‘TheSignifying Monkey’; Postcolonialism and Orientalism;Homi Bhaba and ‘The Location of Culture’; GloriaAnzaldúa and ‘Boderlands/La Frontera’AugustWeek III,IV, V14Postmodernism:Modernity; Jean Baudrillard; Jean-François Lyotard; GilesDeleuze and Felix GuattariSeptember Week I , IIWeek III, IV15
Unit V
Indian Classical Literary Theories:Rasa, Alamkara; Riti; Dhvani; Vakrokti; Guna/Dosa;Aucitya; Mahavakya; Discourse Analysis; Rajasekhara’sComposite Model; InterpretationSeptember Week I , IIWeek III, IV16
 Revision, Feedback 
Week VTeaching MethodsThe classes will have lectures and student presentations. The lectures may draw uponvisual material namely painting, films, advertisements, print media and literary works.Lectures will explore the theme of the course at the intersection of various disciplines.Supplementary reading will be announced from time to time.CIA IPortion for the Mid-semester exam: Unit I, II, IIIQuestion paper pattern: 5x10 marks=50 marks (About 300 words each)
CIA IIWill be announced by the last week of June. It will have to be submitted by 15
July.CIA IIIWill be announced by the third week of August. It will have to be submitted by 5September.End- semester Portion for the exam: Unit I, II, III and IVQuestion paper pattern: Section A: 5x20 marks=100 marks (About 500words)Guidelines for Submission in case of written assignments:
The written assignment should be based on your individual research whereapplicable. The typed assignment should adhere to the following specifications: A4size paper, 12 font size, 11/2 line space, font: Times New Roman,
Book Antiqua,
Garamond, printed on both the sides of the paper.
Assignment details - your name, reg. no, class, semester, assignment code, nameof the College, name of the teacher in-charge and date of submission- should bementioned on the top right-hand side of the first page.
Do not use a cover page.
You are free to take the assignment beyond the expected criteria. Such efforts will be appreciated
 No late submission is entertained
Plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in rejection of the assignment
Remember to give reference at the end of your assignment of the books, articles,websites, and films that you have referred to. The following pattern may be followed:Author’s name with the last name first, a period, name of the book italicised, a period,Place of Publication, colon, name of publication, year of publication, page no, Print/web
E.g.: Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand,
My Experiments with Truth
, NewDelhi: Penguin, 1998. Print.
In case of a website give the complete URL of the site referred to, date of access, along with the above details
If you are directly lifting some lines quote them. If you are using someidea write it in your words but acknowledge itFor further information on bibliography writing please refer to MLA Handbook – Seventh Edition. Note:
Attendance is compulsory for all the sessions.
Please be punctual. If you are late, you will not be allowed to attend the class.However, should there be any serious issue, do discuss with me or bring it tonotice through the counsellors.
You are expected to come to class having read the required texts. Failing to whichyou may not be allowed to attend the classes.
Please feel free to clarify your doubts.

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