English literature is all about reading and understanding the nuances of stories written by major authors, playwrights and poets.English literature is not a desired optional but if chosen it might prove fruitful.Every year there are 40-50 students opting for this optional .
It is, however, a very interesting subject which will prove to be an enjoyable and smooth Affair.
Taking optional literature has its own perks as the competition is less. To ace the subject you must have a good analysis of classical text to improve your Analytical Skills.
Now ,the question arises,that who should take up this subject?Should only the literature graduate take this subject? or anyone can ace it? The answer is anyone who has a good grasp over the language and passion can choose this option irrespective of their degree.
The foremost syep to understand any subject is to be well versed with it’s syllabus.
So what is the syllabus for this optional?
The Renaissance: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama; Metaphysical Poetry; The Epic and the Mock Epic; Neoclassicism; Satire; The Romantic Movement; The Rise of the Novel; The Victorian Age.
- William Shakespeare: King Lear and The Tempest.
- John Donne. The following poems :
- Death be not proud;
- The Good Morrow;
- On his Mistress going to bed;
- The Relic;
- John Milton: Paradise Lost, I, II, IV, IX
- Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock.
- William Wordsworth.
The following poems:
- Ode on Intimations of Immortality.
- Tintern Abbey.
- Three years later she grew.
- She dwelt among untrodden ways.
- Resolution and Independence.
- The World is too much with us.
- Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour.
- Upon Westminster Bridge.
- Alfred Tennyson: In Memoriam.
- Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House.
- Jonathan Swift- Gulliver’s Travels.
- Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice.
- Henry Fielding-Tom Jones.
- Charles Dickens-Hard Times.
- George Eliot-The Mill on the Floss.
- Thomas Hardy- Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
- Mark Twain- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Modernism; Poets of the Thirties; The stream of consciousness Novel; Absurd Drama; Colonialism and PostColonialism; Indian Writing in English; Marxist, Psychoanalytical and Feminist approaches to literature; PostModernism.
1.William Butler Yeats. The following poems:
- Easter 1916
- The Second Coming
- A Prayer for my daughter.
- Sailing to Byzantium.
- The Tower.
- Among School Children.
- Leda and the Swan.
- Lapis Lazuli
2.T.S. Eliot. The following poems :
- The LoveSong of J.Alfred Prufrock
- Journey of the Magi.
- Burnt Norton.
3.W.H. Auden. The following poems :
- Musée des Beaux Arts
- in Memory of W.B. Yeats
- Lay your sleeping head, my love
- The Unknown Citizen
- Mundus Et Infans
- The Shield of Achilles
- September 1, 1939
4.John Osborne : Look Back in Anger.
5.Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot.
6.Philip Larkin. The following poems :
- Mr. Bleaney
7.A.K. Ramanujan. The following poems :
- Looking for a Causim on a Swing
- A River
- Of Mothers, among other Things
- Love Poem for a Wife 1
- SamllScale Reflections on a Great House
- Introduction to English Literature by W. H Hudson
- The Routledge History of Literature in English
- A short History of English Literature (Pramod K. Nayar)
- King Lear- William Shakespeare
- The Tempest- William Shakespeare
- Canonization- John Donne
- Death be not proud- John Donne
- The Good Morrow- John Donne
- On his Mistress going to bed-John Donne
- The relic- John Donne
- Paradise Lost, I, II, IV, IX- John Milton
- The Rape of the Lock- Alexander Pope
- Ode on Intimations of Immortality- William Wordsworth
- Tintern Abbey-William Wordsworth
- Three years she grew-William Wordsworth
- She dwelt among untrodden ways-William Wordsworth
- Michael-William Wordsworth
- Resolution and Independence- William Wordsworth
- The World is too much with us-William Wordsworth
- Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour-William Wordsworth
- Upon Westminster Bridge-William Wordsworth
- Gulliver’s Travels-Jonathan Swift
- Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
- Tom Jones-Henry Fielding
- Hard Times- Charles Dickens
- The Mill on the Floss-George Eliot
- Tess of the d’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
- Easter 1916- William Butler Yeats
- The Second Coming-William Butler Yeats
- A Prayer for my daughter-William Butler Yeats
- Sailing to Byzantium-William Butler Yeats
- The Tower-William Butler Yeats
- Among School Children-William Butler Yeats
- Leda and the Swan-William Butler Yeats
- Meru-William Butler Yeats
- Lapis Lazuli-William Butler Yeats
- The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock- T. S. Eliot
- Journey of the Magi-T. S. Eliot
- Burnt Norton-T. S. Eliot
- Partition- W.H. Auden
- Musee des Beaux Arts-W.H. Auden
- In Memory of W.B. Yeats-W.H. Auden
- Lay your sleeping head, my love-W.H. Auden
- The Unknown Citizen-W.H. Auden
- Consider-W.H. Auden
- Mundus Et Infans-W.H. Auden
- The Shield of Achilles-W.H. Auden
- Look In Anger-John Osborne
- Waiting for Godot-Samuel Beckett
- Next- Philip Larkin
- Please-Philip Larkin
- Deceptions-Philip Larkin
- Afternoons-Philip Larkin
- Days-Philip Larkin
- Bleaney-Philip Larkin
- Looking for a Causim on a Swing-A.K. Ramanujan
- A River-A.K. Ramanujan
- Of Mothers, among other Things-A.K. Ramanujan
- Love Poem for a Wife 1-A.K. Ramanujan
- Small-Scale Reflections on a Great House-A.K. Ramanujan
- Obituary-A.K. Ramanujan
- Lord Jim-Joseph Conrad
- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-James Joyce
- Sons and Lovers-D.H. Lawrence
- A Passage to India- E.M. Forster.
- Mrs Dalloway- Virginia Woolf.
- Kanthapura-Raja Rao
- A House for Mr. Biswas- V.S. Naipal
Reading literature books can be a tiring task,but they will definitely enrich your language skills,readimg skills and vocabulary.