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Basic Course in Literary and Cultural Theory

By Dr. Josepheni Joseph   |   St. Mary’s College, Thrissur
Learners enrolled: 1001
This course aims at providing a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of modern literary and cultural theory by explaining in detail the various schools of literary theory so as to equip humanities and social science students with the critical skills needed for analyzing literary, social and cultural phenomena. 
Summary
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 25 Oct 2022
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Category :
  • Language
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week : 1
Day 1 : Module 1- Introduction to Literary Criticism
Day 2 : Module 2 –Liberal Humanism
Day 3 : Module 3 –Formalism I 
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 2
Day 1 : Module 4 – Formalism II
Day 2 : Module 5 – New Criticism I
Day 3 : Module 6 – New Criticism II
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 3
Day 1 : Module 7-  Structuralism I
Day 2 : Module 8 –Structuralism II
Day 3 : Module 9 - Post Structuralism I
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 4
Day 1 : Module 10 – Post Structuralism II
Day 2 : Module 11-  Structuralism and Post Structuralism: A Comparative Study
Day 3 : Module 12-  Deconstruction I
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 5
Day 1 :  Module 13 – Deconstruction II 
Day 2 : Module14 – Deconstruction: Application
Day 3 : Module15 -  Psychoanalytic Criticism I
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 6
Day 1 : Module16 - Psychoanalytic Criticism II
Day 2 : Module 17 - Psychoanalytic Criticism III
Day 3 : Module 18- Archetypal Criticism I
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 7
Day 1 : Module 19 - Archetypal Criticism II
Day 2 : Module 20 – Marxist Criticism I
Day 3 : Module 21-  Marxist Criticism II
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 8
Day 1 : Module 22 – Feminist Criticism I
Day 2 : Module 23 -  Feminist Criticism II
Day 3 : Module 24 -  Feminist Criticism III
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 9
Day 1 : Module 25 – Queer Theory I
Day 2 : Module 26 - Queer Theory II
Day 3 : Module 27-  Queer Theory III
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 10
Day 1 : Module 28 – Reader Response Criticism
Day 2 : Module 29 – Eco criticism I
Day 3 : Module 30 - Eco criticism II
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 11
Day 1 : Module 31- Eco Feminism
Day 2 : Module 32 – Cultural Materialism I 
Day 3 : Module 33 - Cultural Materialism II 
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments

Week : 12
Day 1 : Module 34 - Cultural Materialism III
Day 2 : Module 35 – Post Colonialism I
Day 3 : Module 36 - Post Colonialism II
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments



Week : 13
Day 1 : Module 37 – Post Colonialism III
Day 2 : Module 38 --  Modernism
Day 3 : Module 39 --  Post Modernism
Day 4 : Discussion
Day 5 : Assignments


Week : 14
Day 1 : Module 40 – Theory After Theory
Day 2 : Discussion
Day 3 : Assignments
Day 4 : Revision
Day 5 : Term end assessment


Books and references

Books for Reference
1. Abrams, M. H. and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Handbook of Literary Terms. Cengage Learning, 2009.
2. Babu, Murukan C., editor. A Textbook of Literary Criticism and Theory. Trinity, 2014.
3. Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. Manchester University Press, 2009.
4. K. Nayar, Pramod. Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: From Structuralism to Ecocriticism. Pearson Education, 2009.
5. Xavier, Robin. The Methodology of Literature. Mainspring, 2015.Cuddon, J, A. Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Clays Ltd, 2013
6. Prasad, B. A Background to the Study of English Literature, Macmillan Publishers,Delhi,1999
7. Scholes, Robert. Structuralism in Literature: An Introduction, Yale UT Press,1974
8. Lodge, David, editor. 20th Century Literary Criticism: A Reader. Routledge, 2016
9. Nagarajan, M.S. English Literary Criticism and Theory: An Introductory History. Orient Black Swan, 2006

Web links
https://www.britannica.com 
www.academia.edu 
https://www.researchgate.net
http://www.artandpopularculture.com/Structure%2C_Sign%2C_and_Play_in_the_Discourse_of_the_Human_Sciences
https://atlassociety.org/objectivism/atlas-university/deeper-dive-blog/4414-deconstructing-derrida-review-of-structure-sign-and-discourse-in-the-human-sciences 
http://criticallegalthinking.com/2016/05/27/jacques-derrida-deconstruction/
https://newderrida.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/some-key-terms/ 
https://www.iep.utm.edu/derrida/
https://www.scribd.com/document/124406898/Narrative-Structure-Steps
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/intro-to-japanese-subculture/0/steps/23583 http://www.umsl.edu/~gradyf/theory/propp1.htm
https://www.scribd.com/doc/146119550/Liberal-Humanism-or-Theory-Before-Theory http://anilpinto.blogspot.com/2013/11/an-introduction-to-liberal-humanism.html http https://www.iep.utm.edu/literary/ http://ekladata.com/FtvsLMTKce40AZgzItue3yQ1beI/What-is-Literary-Theory.pdf https://www.britannica.com/biography/Plato://www.bunpeiris.org/liberal-humanism/ https://www.britannica.com/topic/humanism
https://ecommons.cornell.edu>bitstream>handle>BP_v03_04_1993_05
https://www.scribd.com/document/258546212/Notes-on-Structuralism
https://literariness.org/2016/03/20/structuralism/
https://www.oxfordcholarship.com>oso>oso-9780198791089-chapter-3




Instructor bio

Dr. Josepheni Joseph

St. Mary’s College, Thrissur
Dr. Josepheni Joseph has 30 years of teaching experience at reputed colleges like St. Mary’s College, Thrissur and Vimala College, Thrissur. She did her Ph.D on the American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson. She served as Head of the Department of English, St. Mary’s College, Thrissur for 10 years and was the NAAC Coordinator of St. Mary’s College for two NAAC accreditations. She has also served as member of the Board of Studies, Vimala College, Thrissur, has chaired several paper presentations, and has publications, radio talks and international and national paper presentations to her credit. She has been teaching Literary Theory for UG and PG students for the past 15 years.

Course certificate

30% for in Course Assessment & 70% of end-term Proctored Exam.


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