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Re: Rabindra Bharati University English MA Syllabus

As you want I am here providing you syllabus of the MA English course of the Rabindra Bharati University.

Syllabus :

Sem 1 :

1 The English Language
2 The History of English Literature
3 British Literature from Chaucer to Augustan Age
4 A(Elective) Classical and Medieval European Literature
4 B(Elective) Masterpieces of World Literature: Ancient and Medieval Age


Sem 2 :

5 Basics of Linguistics
6 British Literature from Romantic Age to Contemporary Times
7 Indian English Writing
8A(Elective) Modern European Literature
8B(Elective) Masterpieces of World Literature: Modern Period

Paper 1. The English Language
Rationale
This course has been designed with multiple objectives regarding the acquaintance of the students with the facts and features of the English Language. The main objectives are a) to give the student an adequate knowledge of the history of the English Language through a diachronic study of the language tracing its development from the time of the earliest records in the language to the present day. b) to make the student understand the historical and sociological factors involved in the growth and evolution of a language with particular reference to the political and social changes which have made a lasting impact on the English Language. c) to trace the numerous changes which have taken place in the English Language from the old and Middle English periods till the modern period, phonological changes, changes in spelling, morphological and syntactical changes and semantic changes. d) to draw the attention of the student to the way in which the English Language has grown and matured through the contributions of the great markers of English like Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton and Johnson who have enriched the language by their indigenous exploitation of the resources of the language. e) to make the student understand the growth and development of global English and the emergence of new registers, new dialects, creoles, pidgins and new varieties of English in countries outside England. f) to enable the student to linguistically analyse modern English from Saussurian and Chomskian perspective.

Unit 1. A Brief History of English Language
a) Definition Of Language, Origin of Language, Characteristics Of Human Language
b) Definition of Communication, Types Of Communication, Animal And Human Communication, Language – A System Of Communication.
c) Indo- European Family Of Language, the Teutonic Languages, Grimm’s Law, Verner’s law, the Stress shift

Unit 2: The Old English
a) Old English dialects, Characteristics of Old English,
b) Old English Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation

Unit 3: The Middle English
a) Middle English dialects, Characteristics of Middle English
b) Middle English Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation

Unit 4: The Modern English
a) Modern English dialects, Characteristics of Modern English



b) Modern English Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation

Unit 5: Foreign Influences
a) Latin influence, Celtic influence, Scandinavian influence
b) French influence, Greek influence, Indian and American Loan words

Unit 6: The Makers of English
a) The Bible, Chaucer, Spenser,
b) Shakespeare, Milton, Dr.Johnson

UNIT 7: Varieties of English Language
a) International varieties of English,Social varieties of English,Pidgins and creoles
b) Dialects, Registers, accent,Formal and Informal English,Code Switching and Code Mixing

UNIT 8: The Concept of Modern English Structure: An Introduction
a) Looking at data: Structuralism-Saussure, Bloomfield, Sapir, Whorf,

Chomskian Approach – Transformational Generative Grammar
b) Levels of Linguistic Analysis: Phonological, Morphological, Lexical, Syntactic and Semantic and pragmatic analysis

Prescribed Texts:
Bradley ,H.. The Making of English, Macmillan & Co , 1927
Baugh ,A.C.. A History of English Language, Allied Publishers,1997
Jesperson ,Otto. Growth and Structure of the English Language ,B. G. Teubner, 1926
Potter ,Simeon. Our Language, Penguin Books, 1957
Pyles ,Thomas. The Origins and Development of English Language ,Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College, 1993
Williams,Joseph M : Origins of the English Language, Free Press, 1986
Recommended Reading
Asher, R. E. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Oxford: Pergamon Press. 1994.
Bauer, Laurie. English Word-Formation. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics.


Paper 2
History of English Literature
Rationale
The main objective of this course are a) to give the student an adequate knowledge of the history of the English Literature b)to make the student understand the historical and sociological factors involved in the growth and evolution of English Literature with particular reference to the political and social changes which have made a lasting impact on the English Language/ c)to enable the student understand the various periods of English Literature. d) to enable the student understand the Modern Literary Movements and Trends related to English Literature. e) to interpret literary genres and appreciate literature.

Unit 1: Old English Period (7th Century- 1066)
a) Christian Narratives, Beowulf
b) Middle English Period (1066 – 1400)- Chaucer & Chaucerian Alliterative Revival, Mystery, Miracle, Morality plays

Unit 2:
a) The English Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism
b) Elizabethan Poetry: Sonnet sequence , Epyllion, Verse satires, Lyric

Unit 3:
a) Elizabethan Prose: Fiction, Religious, Didactic & Critical Works
b) Elizabethan Drama: Early Drama, University Wits, Senecan Tragedies, Shakespearean Tradition

Unit 4:
a) Jacobean Drama, Metaphysical & Cavalier Poetry
b) Jacobean Prose, Milton, Puritanism

Unit 5:
a) Restoration: Comedy, Heroic Play & Tragedy
b) Restoration Prose and Poetry

Unit 6:
a) Augustan Period: Satires, Travelogues, Prose essays and the Periodical , Graveyard Poets
b) The rise of the Novel, Age of Johnson



Unit 7:
a) Major features of the Romantic Revival, Romantic Prose & Poetry
b) Victorian Poetry, Drama, Novel & Prose, The Oxford Movement, Pre0 Raphaelite Movement

Unit 8:
a) 20th Century Literature: Georgian Poets, Modernism, Trench Poets, Angry Young Men, Kitchen –Sink drama
b) Stream of Consciousness, British Poetry Revival, Theatre of Absurd,Postmodernism

Recommended Reading:
Bruce Mitchell, A Guide to Old English. Sixth Edition. Massachusetts. Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Carter, Ronald & MacRae,John. The Routledge History of English Literature in English: Britain and Ireland, New York.Routledge 1997.
Gardner, Helen The Metaphysical Poets Penguin Books,1957.
Gassner, John; Quinn, Edward (1969). "England: middle ages". The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama. London: Methuen 2000.
Graham Law, Serializing Fiction in the Victorian Press. New York: Palgrave, 2000.
Henry Mayr-Harting, The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England. Pennsylvania: University Press Pennsylvania, 1992.
----The English Alliterative Tradition. University of Pennsylvania Press. 1991
Hieatt, A. Kent (1983). Beowulf and Other Old English Poems. New York: Bantam Books 1999.
Mikics, David . A New Handbook of Literary Terms. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007.
Rupert Christiansen. Romantic Affinities: Portraits From an Age, 1780–1830. London: Bodley Head, 1988.
Sanders ,Andrew. The Short Oxford History of English Literature, Oxford: Clarendon Press,1994.
Stanley Brian Greenfield, A New Critical History of Old English Literature. New York: New York University Press, 1986.


Paper 3: British Literature from Chaucer to Augustan Age
Rationale
British literature in modern English language started developing from the age of Geoffrey Chaucer. The present course attempts to cover major literary works starting from the Chaucerian period up to the Augustan Age. Effort has been made to include most of the literary works belonging to different genres so that the learner gets a fair idea of the literature from the later middle ages, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Caroline, Commonwealth, Restoration, Neoclasssical and the Augustan eras. The study of British Literature being an essential part of any English literature course, has thus been prescribed to cover the time period roughly up to the end of the seventeenth century.

Unit 1:
a) Canterbury Tales: The knights Tale
b) The Summoning of Everyman

Unit 2:
a) Marlowe: The Jew of Malta
b) Shakespeare: As You Like It

Unit 3:
a) Ben Jonson: The Alchemist
b) John Milton: Samson Agonist

Unit 4:
a) Francis Bacon: The New Organon
b) Aphra Behn: Oroonoko (The royal Slave: A New history)

Unit 5:
a) John Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel
b) Alexander Pope: The Dunciad

Unit 6:
a) William Congreve: Love for Love
b) Oliver Goldsmith: The Vicar of the Wakefield

Unit 7:
a) Jonathan Swift: G v ’s T v s (Part I & II)


b) Samuel Johnson: The Preface to Shakespeare

Unit 8:
a) Jonathan Sterne: Tristram Shandy
b) Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho

Recommended Reading
Achinstein, Sharon. "Samson Agonistes" in A Companion to Milton. Ed. Thomas Corns. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003.
Black, Joseph, ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume C. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.
British Identities and English Renaissance Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2002.
Cantor, Norman F., and Peter L. Klein. Seventeenth-Century Rationalism: Bacon and Descartes. Massachusetts: Blaisdell, 1969.
Chambers, E. K. The Elizabethan Stage. 4 Volumes, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1923.
Craig, D. H. Ben Jonson: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge, 1999.
Drabble,Margaret The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Fulk,R. D. and Christopher M. Cain, A History of Old English Literature. Malden: Blackwell, 2003.
Harmon ,William and C. Hugh Holman, A Handbook to Literature. Uper Saddle River,NJ: Prentice Hall, 1986.
Maxwell ,Richard and Katie Trumpener, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period 2008.



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29th June 2016, 09:36 PM
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which books must be followed as syllabus books of English M.A.
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24th September 2016, 10:21 PM
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Hey, i need rbu distance m.a English syllabus please provide me
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19th October 2016, 11:34 AM
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i have recently taken admission to rabindra bharati univery for m.a in english.As this is a new university for me i have no idea about any professor who provide tuitions.can anyone please tell me the name abd the ph numbers of the professors where i can go for coaching classes??
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Re: Rabindra Bharati University English MA Syllabus

I am a student of the MA English DISTANCE course of the Rabindra Bharati University . Will you please provide here the syllabus of the MA English course for distance education.
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Re: Rabindra Bharati University English MA Syllabus

I am a student of the MA English distance course of the Rabindra Bharati University . Will you please provide here the syllabus of the MA English course for distance education.
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Re: Rabindra Bharati University English MA Syllabus

Hi,
Is it possible to get an out line of English MA syllabus of 2001-2? If not, will could you please direct me to the the person who can help me in this regard?
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