Course Catalogue

Course Catalogue


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.


  1. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia Literature
  2. H. Abrams A Glossary of Literary Terms
  3. 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 IntroductionCoulthard 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.


  1. 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. Texts:

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.


  1. A. Nia Morphology: The Descriptive Analysis of Words
  2. A. Gleason An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

Laurie Bauer                            Introducing Linguistic Morphology

Martin Haspelmath                 Understanding Morphology

  1. 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.


  1. M. Burns Western Civilization: Their History and Their Cultures
  2. Engang Europe from the Renaissance to Waterloo
  3. 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.


  1. 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

  1. 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


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

_________ ,                                    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:

  1. W. Lawrence Shakespeare’s Problem Comedies
  2. 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.

Recommended Texts:

Lyly                                       Gallathea

Marlowe                                Edward II

Heywood                               A Woman Killed with Kindness

Anon                                      Arden of Faversham

Tourneur                               The Revenger’s Ttragedy

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


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)

  1. Wilson Knight The Starlit Dome
  2. M. Bowra The Romantic Imagination
  3. H. Abrams, ed. Wordsworth: A Collection of Critical Essays

Aiden Dey                                             Romanticism

  1. 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


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                                                                   Mac Flecknoe

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:

  1. 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 Renaissnace

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,


Matthew Arnold                                                     “The Function of Criticism”

  1. 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

  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:


  1. K. Moore The Secular Lyric in Middle English Literature
  2. W. Chambers Beowulf: An Introduction to the Study of the Poem
  3. J. Schoeck and J. Taylor Chaucer: Modern Essays in Criticism
  4. 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

  1. 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

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:

  1. C. Bradley. Shakespearean Tragedy
  2. M. W. Tillyard Elizabethan World Picture

Stephen Greenblatt                Renaissance Self-Fashioning: More to Shakespeare and

                                                     Shakespearean Negotiations

  1. A. Foakes Illustrating the English Stage, 1580-1642 (1985)

Stephen Orgel          The Illusion of Power: Political Theatre in the English


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


  1. 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

  1. A. Wilkins Linguistics in Language Teaching

Herbert H. Clark and Eve V. Clark        Psychology and Language: An Introduction to


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

  1. B. Leishman The Monarch of Wit &

The Art of Marvell’s Poetry

  1. H. Summers George Herbert: His Religion and Art

William Empson                                                    Paradise Lost

Brian Vickers                                                      Francis Bacon and Renaissance Prose

  1. 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:

  1. 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.



  1. B. Yeats Selected Poems
  2. M. Forster A Passage to India

James Joyce                                         A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  1. H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers
  2. S. Eliot The Waste Land and selected poems
  3. 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

Wifred 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.


Texts: (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

  1. 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”

  1. C. Spivak “Can Subaltern Speak?”


Secondary Texts:

  1. K. Bhabha Location of Culture

Edward Said                                       Culture and Imperialism

  1. C. Spivak The Post-Colonial Critic

Ngugi wa Thiong’O                               Decolonizing the Mind

  1. Childs Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature: A Reader

Ashcroft, B. et al,        The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial   




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

  1. 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.



  1. R. Pelmer Semantics
  2. 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

Geroge Yule                               Pragmatics

John R. Searle                           Expression and Meaning

  1. 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.



  1. E. Enkvist and others Linguistics and Style
  2. I. Hones Introducing Stylistics

Michael Toolman                       Language in literature

  1. Hough Style and Stylistics
  2. 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 theTheory 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



  1. Norton A People’s History of England
  2. M. Trevelyan Social History of England
  3. 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 Adonais

Keats                                              Odes (Selected)


Recommended Texts:

  1. M. Bowra The Romantic Imagination
  2. 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.


Recommended Texts:

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


Secondary Texts:

  1. 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



  1. Z. Lavine A History of Philosophy from Socrates to Sartre

Jostein Gaarder                                                Sophie’s World

Bertrand Russell                                    History of Western Philosophy


Secondary Texts:

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



ENG 499       Dissertation



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