BA Course Curriculum

BA Course Curriculum

ENG 104        Introduction to Literary Terms and Forms      

This course intends to teach students figures of speech by studying extracts from fiction, drama and poetry. Say, for example, the students would be told that when Hamlet says that he “will speak daggers” to his mother “but use none,” here ‘daggers’ is the metaphor for strong words.


J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia Literature
H. Abrams A Glossary of Literary Terms
A. Cuddon A Dictionary of Literary Terms

ENG 105        Introduction to Linguistics              

Teaches Primary Concepts of Linguistics; Theories of Second Language Acquisition; Research Methodology; Syntax and Morphology; Discourse Analysis.


John Lyons Language and Linguistic: An Introduction
Coulthard An Introduction to Discourse Analysis Longman Dictionary of Linguistics

ENG 106        Introduction to Literary Genres

The course will provide introductions to the following literary genres:  the short story and novel, drama, fable, poetry and epic, historical and science fiction, biography and autobiography.


John Frow Genre (The New Critical Idiom)
Lewis Turco The Book of Literary Terms: The Genres of Fiction, Dramas, Nonfiction, Criticism, and Scholarship

ENG 107         Survey of British Literature – I

The course is chronological in nature, and necessarily highly selective. It should not be taken as a substitute course for the more comprehensive ones on a given area. For example, though in the survey course the Romantic period is included, it is not a replacement for the course with the title “Romantic Poetry” or “Romantic Prose.”

This survey course highlights writers and texts from the earlier periods of English literary history.:

  1. The Old English Period (c. 800-1100)
  2. The Middle English Period (c. 1100-1485)
  3. The Sixteenth Century (c. 1485-1603)
  4. The Early Seventeenth Century (1603-1660)


Abrams, M.H., gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vols . 1 & 2. 6th ed. New York: Norton, 1993.

ENG 108        Composition

This course aims at teaching students writing skills at the beginning level.


P. Singh & Meena Singh Art of Effective English Writing
John Seely The Oxford Guide to Writing and Speaking
Carl Nagin Why Writing Matters
Sam McCarter A Book on Writing

ENG 109       Pronunciation   

This course aims to undertake a systematic study of speech production. It will focus on spoken English and teach pronunciation to learners of English as a second/foreign language. Learners will become familiar with the vocabulary used in phonetics. The course will explore the idea of standards and variations in spoken English. It will also compare spoken English and spoken Bangla, bringing out key differences in pronunciation, stress and intonation. The course will raise the awareness of learners about the importance of intelligibility among English speakers globally.


Celce-Murcia , Brinton & Goodwin Teaching Pronunciation
Davenport  & Hannah Introducing Phonetics and Phonology
Jenkins, J. The Phonology of English as an International Language
Roach, P.  English Phonetics and Phonology  

ENG 111         Morphology

Morphology, the study of words, is interrelated with the syntax, the phonology, the lexicon, and semantics. This course is an introduction to the study of the internal structure of words. Topics will include a survey of word formation processes such as affixation, reduplication, internal change, and compounding and classification of morphemes.


A. Nia Morphology: The Descriptive Analysis of Words
A. Gleason An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
Laurie Bauer  Introducing Linguistic Morphology
Martin Haspelmath Understanding Morphology
H. Matthews Morphology: In Introduction to the Theory of Word Structure

ENG 116        Introduction to Poetry

This course introduces students to the delight of English poetry through a diverse selection of poems from different periods of English Literature. It is designed mainly to give students the elementary skills needed to start writing critical appreciations of poetry.                                                      


The Norton Anthology of English Poetry
Laurence Perrine Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry
Stephen Matterson & Darryl Jones Studying Poetry

ENG 112          European History Highlights

This course provides a preliminary introduction to the salient features of the European history. The areas of study are: Classical Greece, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Impact of the American Revolution in Europe and the French Revolution.


M. Burns Western Civilization: Their History and Their Cultures
Engang Europe from the Renaissance to Waterloo
D. M. Kettlebey A History of Modern Times

ENG 115    Introduction to Drama

This course is designed to introduce elements of drama, as expounded by Aristotle in his Poetics, through a selection of plays ranging from the ancient period to the modern one.


J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia  Literature (the volume on drama)
Douglas Hunt The Riverside Anthology of Literature

ENG 189        Individual Writing Practicum

The purpose of this course is to make students practice in writing on an individual basis. While each student will be dealt with individually by the instructor in removing his/her deficiencies, the instructor will also arrange for discussions of mistakes by a student’s classmates present in the class.


Ryan, Leigh & Lisa Zimmerelli         The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors. 4th ed.

ENG 201        The Experience of Literature

This course has been developed with a view to making students reflect on how literature yields better knowledge about life and society and about the great world awaiting them outside the classroom.


Maxim Gorky My Universities (translation)
William Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage
John Steinbeck Cannery Row

ENG 202          Critical Appreciation of Poetry

The course is designed to familiarize students with critical approaches at an elementary level to help them appreciate poetry. The approaches may include 1. The historical-biographical approach; 2. The formalistic approach; 3. The genre approach;   4. The moral philosophical approach, 5. The empirical approach, 6. The psychological approach, 7. The mythological approach, 8. The feminist approach, 9. The cultural studies approach, 10. Cross-cultural approaches.

The course teacher may select poems to be taught in the light of the critical approaches from the first two books of the list given below:


Cleanth Brooks & Robert Penn Warren An Approach to Literature
J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia Literature (The volume on poetry)
Stephen Matterson & Darryl Jones Studying Poetry

ENG 203        Advanced Composition and Stylistics         

The primary goal of this course is to exercise students’ ability in writing. “Writing maketh a man perfect” said Francis Bacon. The course, by making the students negotiate with words, will sharpen their skills in effectively presenting their ideas in unambiguous terms. It will also study the use of dialogue and grammar and the distribution of sentence lengths.


Heffernan, Lincoln, Atwill Writing: A College Handbook
Maxine Hairston & Michael Keene Successful Writing
Sharon Crowly Composition in the University

ENG 204      Introduction to Literary Theory  

This course is meant as an introduction to some of the central concerns in contemporary literary theory and will provide students with a survey of basic tools, vocabulary, and terminology in theoretical domains such as psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism, visuality, semiotics, and so on.


Peter Barry Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
Philip Rice & Patricia Waugh, eds.  Modern Literary Theory
Wifred L. Guerin, et al. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
Terry Eagleton Literary Theory: An Introduction
Jeremy Hawthorn A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory      

ENG 214        Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature: Prose

A survey of the fictional and non-fictional prose of more than one hundred years, this course examines the major directions in the development of the early English novel later to mature in the 19th Century.


John Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe
Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels
Joseph Addison & Sir Richard Steele The Coverley Papers
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

Secondary Texts:

Maximilian Novak  Defoe and the Nature of Man
Arthur Case Four Essays on Gulliver’s Travels

ENG 205            Survey of American Literature – I

This course will introduce students to the first phase of American literature, from 1620 to 1820. Major themes: the Puritan Experiment; the Plymouth Plantation; the Great Awakening; the American Crisis, the Pursuit of Happiness.


John Winthrop “A Model of Christian Charity”
William Bradford Of Plymouth Plantation (Bk 1, Chap. IX)
Anne Bradstreet “The Flesh and the Spirit”
Cotton Mather “The Trial of Martha Carries”
Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
Benjamin Franklin “Information to those who would Remove to America”
Thomas Jefferson “The Declaration of Independence”
Phyllis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
Jean de Crèvecoeur From Letters from an American Farmer

[The text for all the above pieces is The Norton Anthology of American Literature (3rd edition, Vol. 1]

Secondary Texts:

Perry Miller The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century and Errand in the Wilderness
Bayem (ed.)  The Norton Anthology of American Literature
Nelson (ed.). Anthology of Modern American Poetry

ENG 206                    Shakespeare’s Comedies  

This course is an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s comedies. The plays will be analyzed in terms of their structure, characterization, action, language, and the like and with special attention to the issues of romance and reality and gender roles. The course will also examine the master dramatist’s art of melding pure comic delight with ironic tragic impulses.


Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew,, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure and  The Tempest

Secondary Texts:

W. Lawrence Shakespeare’s Problem Comedies
C. Bradbrook The Growth and Structure of Elizabethan Comedy Rosalie Colie Shakespeare’s Living Art

ENG 207        Elizabethan Drama  (Excluding Shakespeare) 

The course focuses on non-Shakespearean drama and highlights major developments in Renaissance England: the emergence of a capitalist economy, the long reign of a “virgin queen,” colonialist expansion, changing perceptions about love and marriage, the rise of female authorship, the dominant growth of London as a major urban centre and the stage conventions.


Lyly Gallathea
Marlowe Edward II
Heywood A Woman Killed with Kindness
Anon Arden of Faversham
Tourneur The Revenger’s Tragedy
Jonson Volpone

ENG 208        Sociolinguistics                                                              

Key terms and approaches—relationship between language and society.  Sociolinguistics and the sociology of language. Language, dialect and varieties: regional dialects—style and register—standard language and developing a standard variety; Choosing a Code: Diglossia and bilingualism—definition and relationship—code switching and code mixing—borrowing. 


Ronald Wardhaugh An Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Janet Holmes An Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Peter Trudgill Sociolinguistics
Albert C. Baugh & Thomas Cable A History of the English Language
Robin Dunbar Language

ENG 209        Romantic Poetry – I   

This course is devoted to the poetry and poetics of the first generation of the Romantic poets. It begins by considering the nature of poetry, and its semantic and technical elements, and then offers a quick review of major critical trends comparing Romantic statements of poetic theory with the poetry actually written during the period under discussion.


Blake Selected poems from Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Wordsworth “Tintern Abbey,” “Ode:  Intimations of Immorality,” The Prelude, Bk 1, and his essay, “Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
Coleridge The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “Kubla Khan,” “Dejection: An ode.”

Secondary Texts:

Oliver Elton A Survey of English Literature, 1780-1832 (2 vols)
Wilson Knight The Starlit Dome
M. Bowra The Romantic Imagination
H. Abrams, ed. Wordsworth: A Collection of Critical Essays
Aiden Dey Romanticism
E. Bostetter, ed. Twenty Century Interpretations of “Don Juan”
Harold Bloom Shelley’s Mythmaking
Helen Vendler The Odes of John Keats 

ENG 210        Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature: Poetry and Drama

The course will examine the context of neo-classical poetry and drama, assess the evolution of English wit and humor, and the mock-epic strain. 


John Dryden MacFlecknoe
Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock
William Congreve The Way of the World
Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer
Richard Brinsley Sheridan The Rivals

Secondary Texts:

S. Eliot John Dryden: the Poet, the Dramatist, and the Critic
Maynard Mack Essential Articles for the Study of Alexander Pope
Scott McMillin, ed. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy

ENG 211        19th Century Literature: The Intellectual Milieu

This course studies the intellectual milieu of the Victorian Age and key aspects such as evolution, materialism and colonialism. 


Thomas Carlyle From The French Revolution
John Henry Cardinal Newman From The Idea of a University
John Stuart Mill From On Liberty
Alfred, Lord Tennyson Selections from In Memoriam
Walter Pater From The Renaissance
Charles Darwin From The Descent of Man
Charles Dickens From  Hard Times [Coketown]

Secondary Texts:

Basil Willey Nineteenth Century Studies
Arthur T. Lovejoy Essays in the History of Ideas
Marjorie Nicolson Science and Imagination    

ENG 212        Modern British Drama

This course is an intensive study of the British Drama of the last hundred years. The plays included show the evolution of the stylistic conventions of the British play, from the genteel drawing-room comedies of the late 19th century to the radical political theater of the last decade. Playwrights reacted to the social circles, governmental constructs, and economic conditions around them, using the essential elements of theater—characterization, set, dialogue—to exaggerate, parody, manipulate, or deconstruct them.


Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest
George Bernard Shaw Arms and the Man
Noel Coward The Rat Trap
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
John Osborne Look Back in Anger
Harold Pinter The New World Order
Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Caryl Churchill Top Girl
David Hare Amy’s View

Secondary Texts:

Peter Buse Drama + Theory: Critical Approaches to Modern British Drama

ENG 213          Survey of British Literature – II

Highlights significant aspects of the British Literature from the eighteenth century to the modern period.

  1. The Eighteenth Century (1660-1789)
  2. The Nineteenth Century
  1. The Romantic Period (1785-1830)
  2. The Victorian Age (1830-1901)
  3. The Twentieth Century (1901-2000)
  4. The Twenty-first Century (2001-  )


Abrams, M.H. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vols . 1 & 2. 6th ed. New York: Norton, 1993.  

ENG 222        English in Media                                                          

The course objective is for students to develop an informal and critical understanding of media English. This course will teach not only the basics of English, but also those aspects of writings, such as reporting speeches, house styles and jargons, specific to the language of journalism. Students will study a wide assortment of newspapers, magazines, books, photography, radio, film, television, and texts appearing on the internet.  Viewing of documentaries and features will be a part of the course.


Wynford Hicks English for Journalists
Mervin Block Writing Broadcast News: Shorter, Sharper, Stronger

ENG 279    Introduction to English Literary Theory

The course introduces students to English critical thinking from the Elizabethan time to the early 20th Century. It emphasize various concepts about drama and poetry as evolved from Aristotle and then the Englishness they achieve.   


Sir Philip Sidney “An Apology for Poetry”
John Dryden “Of Dramatic Poesy”
Samuel Johnson “Preface” to Shakespeare
William Wordsworth “Preface” to the Lyrical Ballads
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Biographia Literaria (Chs XIII, XIV, XV, XVIII)
Matthew Arnold “The Function of Criticism”
T.S. Eliot “Tradition and the Individual Talent” and “The Metaphysical Poets”

Secondary Texts:

Rene Wellek & Austin Warren Theory of Literature
Rene Wellek A History of Modern Criticism (1750-1950), vol. 1
K. Wimsatt & Cleanth Brooks Literary Criticism: A Short History
David Daiches Critical Approaches to Literature       

ENG 301     Old and Middle English Literature (in modern English)

This course on Chaucer and his contemporaries will examine the economic, the social, and the political conditions of the last half of the fourteenth century in England, Chaucer’s place in this world and the relation of English political and social history to Chaucer’s poetry.


Sir Orfeo
Geoffrey Chaucer “Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales, The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
Kenneth Sisam, ed. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose

Secondary Texts:

K. Moore The Secular Lyric in Middle English Literature
W. Chambers Beowulf: An Introduction to the Study of the Poem
J. Schoeck and J. Taylor Chaucer: Modern Essays in Criticism
A. W. Bennett Essays on Malory
Rosemary Woods The English Religious Lyrics in the Middle Ages

ENG 316       A History of the English Stage

This course introduces students to the history of the English stage from its earliest phase to the recent time. Major aspects: evolution of the stage, Miracle and Mystery cycles, the Elizabethan stage, acting conventions, authorial concerns and emendations, costumes and props, and the stage as a metaphor.


Cleanth Brooks & Robert B. Heilman Understanding Drama
Oscar G. Brockett The Theatre: An Introduction
Allardyce Nicoll British Drama
Richard Learcroft The Development of the English Playhouse
Theodore J. C. Hoffman A Guide to Theatre Study
Richard Courtney Outline History of British Drama

ENG 303       The Short Story

The course offers reading of a selection of short stories from the list below. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the elements of short stories in all their varieties.


Henry James “The Real Thing”
Guy de Maupassant “The Necklace”
Arthur Conan Doyle “A Scandal in Bohemia”
Anton Chekhov “The Lady with the Pet Dog”
Edith Wharton “Roman Fever”
Maxim Gorky “The Hermit”
Stephen Crane “The Blue Hotel”
Willa Cather “The Old Beauty”
William Somerset Maugham “The Outstation”
Thomas Mann “Disorder and Early Sorrow”
Sherwood Anderson “The Egg”
Franz Kafka “A Hunger Artist”
Katherine Mansfield “The Garden-Party”
Dorothy Parker “Big Blonde”
Dashiel Hammett “Fly Paper”
John Steinbeck “The Crysanthemums”
Issac Bashevis Singer “Gimpel the Fool”
Eudora Welty “Livvie”
Shirley Jackson “The Lottery”
Doris Lessing “The Catch”
Bernard Malamud “The Jewbird”
Truman Capote “A Tree of Night”
John A. Williams “Son in the Afternoon”
John Updike “A & P”
James Alan McPherson “A Solo Song: For Doe”
Joy Williams “Taking Care”
Leslie Marmon Silko “Lullaby”
Gayl Jones “White Rat”
Leigh Allison Wilson “The Raising”

The above stories can be read from the following anthologies, along with comments on the elements of short fiction:

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction
J. Kennedy, ed. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
Douglas Hunt, ed. The Riverside Anthology of Literature  

ENG 304         Essayists of the Romantic Period

In parallel with their poet-friends, many essayists of the Romantic period uphold the same romantic spirit of the time, of which their essays, usually called familiar essays, give a good account. The selections below will help the students realize this affinity.


Dorothy Wordsworth From The Grasmere Journals
Charles Lamb “The Two Races of Man,” and “Old China”
William Hazlitt “My First Acquaintance with Poets”
Thomas De Quincey “On the knocking at the Gate in Macbeth”

Secondary Texts:

William F. Bryan & Ronald S. Crane The English Familiar Essay
Marie H. Law The English Familiar Essay in the Early Nineteenth Century
Annette Wheeler Cafarelli Prose in the Age of Poets: Romanticism and Biographical Narrative from Johnson to De Quincey  

ENG 305         Contemporary Novels in Translation

In the twentieth century the novel in translation has arguably emerged as the global literary form through which cultures most avidly express themselves and also identify others. Attention will be given to the emergence of the global “bestseller,” their formal variety and innovations. The course will explore the politics that underlies the success of this form over others, and the particular success of certain types of texts over other ones.


Gunter Grass The Tin Drum
Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Murkami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Orhan Pamuk The Black Book

Secondary Texts:

Dennis Walder Literature in the Modern World

ENG 306       The Tragedies of Shakespeare

Through this course students will be familiarized with the basic properties of Shakespearean Tragedy. They will know, for example, why Shakespeare had given such extensive treatment to the theme of royalty in his tragedies, to what dramatic innovations he put the soliloquies, and how he embedded the structures of his tragedies with the conventions of supernaturalism and the play-within-the-play.


Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra 

Secondary Texts:
C. Bradley. Shakespearean Tragedy
M. W. Tillyard Elizabethan World Picture
Stephen Greenblatt Renaissance Self-Fashioning: More to Shakespeare and Shakespearean Negotiations
A. Foakes Illustrating the English Stage, 1580-1642 (1985)
Stephen Orgel The Illusion of Power: Political Theatre in the English Renaissance
Wolfgang Clemen The Development of Shakespeare’s Imagery
Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield, eds. Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism
John Drakakis, ed. Alternative Shakespeare

ENG 307        Jacobean Drama (Excluding Shakespeare)

This course gives an introduction to a variety of plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and successors. Evolving traditions and genres and the social and theatrical contexts will be examined.


Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher The Maid’s Tragedy
Thomas Middleton & William Rowley The Changeling
Cyril Tourneur/ Thomas Middleton The Revenger’s Tragedy
Thomas Dekker The Shoemakers Holiday
John Marston The Malcontent
John Webster The Duchess of Malfi 

Secondary Texts:

M. Ellis-Fermor The Jacobean Drama: An Interpretation
Alexander Leggatt Jacobean Public Theatre
Frank Percy Wilson Elizabethan and Jacobean Studies
John Russell Brown & Bernard Harris Jacobean Theatre

ENG 308        Psycholinguistics

The course aims at teaching different branches of Psycholinguistics. Items to be taught: Chomskyan Universal Grammar and Performance Model; Linguistic relativism—Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, etc.


Danny D. Steinberg An Introduction to Psycholinguistics
A. Wilkins Linguistics in Language Teaching
Herbert H. Clark and Eve V. Clark Psychology and Language: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics
John Lyons Language and Linguistics

ENG 309        17th Century Prose and Poetry

Jacobean prose and the poetry of the Metaphysical and the Cavalier groups of poets along with that of Milton will form the core texts of the course. These will be studied in relation to the socio-cultural flux of the period.


Francis Bacon Essays
John Milton Paradise Lost (Bks. I & II)
Sir Herbert Grierson, ed. The Metaphysical Poetry 

Secondary Texts:

Cleanth Brooks The Well-Wrought Urn
B. Leishman The Monarch of Wit and The Art of Marvell’s Poetry
H. Summers George Herbert: His Religion and Art
William Empson Paradise Lost
Brian Vickers Francis Bacon and Renaissance Prose
J. Smith John Donne: The Critical Heritage
Noel K. Thomas Henry Vaughan: Poet of Revelation                                                                                   

ENG 310            Introduction to Creative Writing

This course is for advanced learners interested to learn the art of creative writing. The course will explore the elements of fiction, poetry and drama – character, plot, place, etc. – and their functions within a unified form.  Students will be taught basically how to write creatively through analysis of classic examples, and drills designed to sensitize them to particular challenges of each craft.


Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
John Darnton, ed.    Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times
Francine Prose Reading Like a Writer
Anne Lamott Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing on Life
Julia Cameron The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity  

ENG 311  Contemporary Poetry

The course aims to familiarize students with the major trends in English poetry in the post-Auden period.


Poems to be selected from the following poets:  Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney. 

Secondary Texts:

Tony Curtis The Art of Seamus Heaney
Arnold Stein Theodore Roethke: Essays on the Poetry
John Goldsmith The Thirties and After
Daniel Jones The Poems of Dylan Thomas
Janice Rossen Philip Larkin: His Life’s Work
Lewis Hyde On the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg

ENG 312        Modern American Drama 

This course will study American Drama from the early 20th century to the recent time. It will trace developments in the American dramatic tradition with special focus on modernism, postmodernism, ethnicity and gender issues.


Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun
Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman
Edward Albee Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
David Mamet Oleanna
Tony Kushner Angels in America

Secondary Texts:

W. E. Bigsby Modern American Drama, 1945-2000 

ENG 313        Modernism: Early 20th Century English Literature

This course teaches the most significant texts of early 20th Century which mark the age of Modernism. It aims at developing students’ critical, theoretical, psychological and in-depth understanding of 20th century authors, exploring and exhibiting wide variety of changes in the theme and technique of their texts.


W.B. Yeats Selected Poems
M. Forster A Passage to India
James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers
T.S. Eliot The Waste Land and selected poems
W.H. Auden Selected poems

Secondary Texts:

Helen Gardner The Art of T. S. Eliot
Leonard Unger, ed. T. S. Eliot, a Selected Critique
Mark Spilka The Love Ethic of D. H. Lawrence
Wilfred Stone The Cave and the Mountain: A Study of E. M. Forster
John Fuller A Reader’s Guide to W. H. Auden
Richard Finneran Critical Essays on W. B. Yeats

ENG 314             Historical Linguistics

The purpose of this course is to study development in languages in the course of time, and the ways in which language change from period to period and the causes and result of such changes. The major topics to be studied in this course are the analysis of sound change, grammatical change, semantic change, language change, the comparative method and internal change. 


Mouton de Gruyter & Crowley An Introduction to Historical Linguistics

ENG 322        English in the Workplace 

The aim of this course is to focus on the language needed to conduct core professional skills such as communicating on the telephone confidently, participating effectively in meetings, making clear presentations, conducting negotiations and discussions, writing memos, professional reports, emails and letters. This course will examine the different styles and systems of language used in the English language workplace. It will explore various forms such as speeches, letters/memos and e-mail.


Joan M. Saslow  & Tim Collins Workplace Plus, Living and Working in English
Blanche Ettinger & Edda Perfetto Business English: Writing in the Workplace 

ENG 379        Topics in Modern Literature

This course will study selected literary works, with some critical writing. It will develop students’ critical thinking by raising their awareness of fundamental issues facing human societies.


Rabindranath Tagore Quartet (tr by Kaiser Haq)
Joseph Conrad Lord Jim
William Faulkner Light in August
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four

ENG 403        Postmodernism in Literature

This course deals with the major ideas of postmodernism as reflected in literature, architecture, visual arts and popular culture. And it also deals with the critiques of postmodernism. 

(a) Fiction:

Gabriel García Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch
Joseph Heller Catch-22

(b) Theory:

Vincent B.Leithch (ed.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
Patricia Waugh Practising Postmodernism, Reading Modernism
Lawrence Cahoone (ed.) From Modernism to Postmodernism
Terry Eagleton The Illusions of Postmodernism
Joseph and Linda Hutcheon (eds.) A Postmodern Reader 

ENG 404   Postcolonial Theory and Literature

Post-colonial theory deals with the reading and writing of literature written in previously or currently colonized countries, or literature written in colonizing countries which deals with colonization or colonized peoples. It focuses particularly on the way in which literature by the colonizing culture distorts the experience and realities, and inscribes the inferiority, of the colonized people and on literature by colonized peoples which attempts to articulate their identity and reclaim their past in the face of that past’s inevitable otherness.


Frantz Fanon On National Culture
Edward Said Orientalism
Edward Said Introduction to Culture and Imperialism
Chinua Achebe “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
Chinua Achebe “The African Writers and the English Language”
Homi Bhabha “Remembering Fanon: Self, Psyche and the Colonial Question”
Ngugi wa Thiong’O “The Language of African Literature”
Gayatri C. Spivak “Can Subaltern Speak?”

Secondary Texts:
Homi K. Bhabha Location of Culture
Edward Said Culture and Imperialism
G. C. Spivak The Post-Colonial Critic
Ngugi wa Thiong’O Decolonizing the Mind
Childs Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature: A Reader
Ashcroft, B. et al. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literature           

ENG 406        Gender Theory and Literature

The main goal of this course is to explore sexuality and difference in gender discussions, as they relate to literary theory. It will enable student to focus on the definitions and fixity of sexual identity with an interdisciplinary approach to cultural study. By studying selected texts they will be able to examine the role gender plays in texts related to gender and feminist issues.


Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
Gustave Flaubert Madam Bovary
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
Begum Rokeya Sultana’s Dream
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye 

Secondary Texts:

Lorber Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories
Judith Kegan Gardiner Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory
Anne Cranny Francis et. al. Gender Studies: Terms and Debates 

ENG 407       Methodology of Language Teaching

This course will study the various theories, methods, techniques and approaches involved in ELT. It will emphasize the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of English Language Teaching and explore the viability of the Communicative Language Teaching approach.

ENG 408      Creative Writing – II

A workshop/pedagogy course in poetry or fiction for students who wish to further their knowledge of literature through practice of the art, and for those who intend to become practicing writers and critics.

ENG  409        Translation Theory and Practicum  

This course will teach the relationship between the source language and the target language in the process of translation. It will aim at showing both advantages and disadvantages of literal translation vis-à-vis translation by impression.


Edwin Gentzler Contemporary Translation Theories

ENG 410        Diaspora Writing

This course examines problems and issues in the literature and film produced by diasporic and migrant communities. Structured around several modules in which various texts are used to investigate such issues as identity and subjectivity, displacement, memory, family and home, this course investigates the problematic nature of these issues and highlights their significance in global diasporas.


Caryl Phillips A Distant Shore
Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club
Amitav Ghose The Shadow Lines
Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake

Peter Wang A Great Wall
William Yang Sadness
Damien O’Donnell East is East

ENG 411        Semantics & Pragmatics

This course is an introduction to semantics. Semantics is the science of meaning and pragmatics and the way language is used in real world contexts. The course will introduce the systematic study of meaning in language, ranging from problems in the semantic structure of lexical systems, and syntactic and morphological contributions to sentence meaning. This course will also examine the theories of semantics and pragmatics.


R. Pelmer Semantics
R. Hurford and Heasley Semantics: A Course Book
(Oxford) Semantics: An Introduction to the Science of Meaning
Evelyn Hatch Vocabulary, Semantics and Language Education
Geofrey Leech Principles of Pragmatics
George Yule Pragmatics
John R. Searle Expression and Meaning
Thakur Semantics 

ENG 412       Popular Fiction

This course takes popular fiction as a specific field of cultural production. Students analyze various definitive features of that field: popular fiction’s relations to literature, genre and identity, gender and sexuality, the role of the author profile, cinematic and TV adaptations, readerships and fan interests, and processing venues. The course is built around a number of genres: crime fiction, science fiction, horror, the sex and shopping novel, the thriller and the blockbuster.


Paulo Coelho The Alchemist
Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code
Leif Enger Peace Like a River
Neil Gaiman American Gods: A Novel
Yann Martel Life of Pi
Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner

ENG 413        Stylistics

Stylistics is considered as applied field of linguistics that explains techniques of literary analysis. The aim of this course is to study the literary works, the techniques of linguistics and literature and the relationship between linguistics and literature. It will study in-depth methods and techniques used by writers in their writings to create particular effects with language.


E. Enkvist and others Linguistics and Style
I. Hones Introducing Stylistics
Michael Toolman Language in Literature
Hough Style and Stylistics
Wales A Dictionary of Stylistics
F.L.Lucas Style

ENG 414         Syntax

This course will enable students who enjoy analyzing sentence structures to explore this area in greater depth. The course will study the structural properties of language and the patterns of generative transformational syntax.


Noam Chomsky The Generative Enterprise
Noam Chomsky Syntactic Structure
Peter W. Culicover Principles and Parameters: An Introduction to Syntactic Theory
Noam Chomsky Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
Roger Fowler An Introduction to Transformational Syntax

ENG 415   English History: From Chaucer to Milton

The course will highlight the following periods in order to give an idea of connectivity between history and literature.

Chaucer’s England: the Middle Ages
Shakespeare’s England: Tudor and Stuart England
Milton’s England: Cromwell’s Revolution


Norton A People’s History of England
M. Trevelyan Social History of England
Mukherjee A Study of English History  

ENG 416               Romantic Poetry – II

This course provides teaching on the second generation of Romantic poets.


Byron Don Juan Cantos 1 & 2
Shelley “Ode to the West Wind,” “Ode to the Skylark,” and Adonis
Keats “Odes” (Selected) 

Secondary Texts:

M. Bowra The Romantic Imagination
E. Bostetter, ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of “Don Juan”
Harold Bloom Shelley’s Mythmaking
Helen Vendler The Odes of John Keats 

ENG 417       Shakespeare’s History and Roman Plays

This course will examine a particular genre of play called the history play, in which Shakespeare examined the nature of kingship, social order, and right rule. In addition, a selection of the “Roman plays,” as they are called, in which Shakespeare drew on classical sources to tell his stories, will also be read.


Richard III; Richard II; Henry IV, Part One; Titus Andronicus; Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra

Secondary Texts:

Leggatt Shakespeare’s Political Drama: The History Plays and the Roman Plays
Graham Holderness Shakespeare’s Histories
Maurice Charney Shakespeare’s Roman Plays

ENG 422       Cinema as Literature

Literature is driven by the written word. The power of images during the twentieth century (particularly in film), has seemingly supplanted the power of the written word. This course will offer a comparative look at film and literature in order to examine how the two have continued to modify one another during the past century. In other words, this course will study what is gained or lost when such classics as Pather Panchali are put into filmic version.

ENG 432      History of Western Ideas: From the ancient period to the Reformation

The course is a survey of western ideas from their origin in the pre-Socratic period to their development in the Reformation.

The following items will be read: The Greeks and the Romans; the Pre-Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans, Cynics, skeptics, materialists, the Medieval World View, the Chain of Being, the Renaissance: Erasmus, More, Machiavelli, Montaigne


Z. Lavine A History of Philosophy from Socrates to Sartre
Jostein Gaarder Sophie’s World
Bertrand Russell History of Western Philosophy  

Secondary Texts:

Bronwoski The Western Intellectual Tradition
T. Stace A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

ENG 499       Dissertation 

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