Manonmaniam Sundaranar University M. Phil English Syllabus

Each paper will be divided into FIVE Units Question Paper Pattern

       There will be two questions from each unit

       Each question carries 20 marks
       Sub - divisions may be created, if necessary, in any question
       Choice will be “either or” in each unit
Unit                                   Question
I                                                          1        or 2
II                                                         1        or2
III                                                       1        or2
IV                                                       1        or 2
V                                                        1        or 2

Semester I
Unit-1- Meanings and objectives of research. Research in language and literature, Materials and tools of research (books, anthologies, thesauruses, encyclopaedias, conference proceedings, unpublished theses, newspaper articles, journals, govt, publications, e-journals, web references, research sites, printed and.web indexes, etc. e-mail discussions groups, special libraries. Advanced study centres, virtual libraries, web search engines, etc.)

Unit-II- The Process of researchSelecting a project; the survey of relevant literature; defining aims and objectives; designing hypothesis; scope and limitations; preparing a research proposal; planning, etc. - Mechanics of research.
Unit-III- Presentation of ResearchTitle, aims and objectives; research format; avoiding plagiarism; quoting and creating in-text citations (documentation); research findings; using standard style sheets.

Unit - IV - Language, Style and Types of DiscouteesDiction, The Style suitable for a literary Thesis, Narration, Argumentation, Explosion, Description, Affective Fallacy, Dissociation of Sensibility, Figurative: Language, Intentional Fallacy, Objective Correlative, Pathetic fallacy, Point of View, Satire.
Unit -V - Practical criticismThe use of Practical criticism, Metrics, Pragmatics and stylistics, Pragmatic Theories, Narrative Voices, Symbolism, Psychonarration, Literary genre, Theory - Genres and Modes, presentational modes - Plato and Aristotle.
Paltridge, B. (2006). Discourse Analysis: An Introduction. London: Continuum Discourse.
Barry, Peter. 2002. Beginning Theory: an Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. New York: Manchester United Press.
Crystal, David. 1994. The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language.
London: CUP.
Madden, Frank. 2002. Exploring Poetry. London: Longman.
Verdonk, Peter. 2002. Stylistics. Oxford: OUP.
Frow, John, 2009. Genre, RoutledgePublication
V. S. Sethuramanetal. Practical Criticism, Macmillan
Black Elizabeth, 2006. Pragmatic, Stylistics, Edinburgh University Press Ltd.
Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th Edition)


Unit I - Marxism and Social Realism

1)    Edmund Wilson
2)    Raymond Williams
3)    George Lucas
Marxism and Literature 
Realism and the Contemporary Novel 
The Ideology of Modernism

Unit II - Structuralism and Post structuralism

1)    Roman Jacobson
2)    Gerard Genette
3)    Ferdinand de Saussure

Linguistics and Poetics Structuralism and Literary Criticism The Object of Study

Unite Ml - Reader Response Criticism and Deconstruction
1)     Jacques Derrida                     -          Structure,•@ign and Play in the Discourse of
the Human Sciences
2)     Cleanth Brooks                        -        The Primacy of the Reader
3)     Wolfgang Iser                          -        The Reading Process of a Phenomenological
Unit IV - Feminism and Psycho Analysis
1)     GayatriChakravorthySpivak- Feminism and Critical Theory
2)     Harold Bloom                           -        Poetic Origins and Final Phases
3)     C. G. Jung                               -        Psychology and Literature
Unit V - Politics and Cultural History
1)     Frederic Jameson                    -        The Politics of Theory: Ideology
2)     Stephen Greenblatt                 -        The.Circulation of Social Energy
3)     Terry Eagleton                         -        Capitalism, Modernism and Postmodernism
Reference Books
Lodge, David. 20th Century Literary Criticism: A Reader. New York: Longman, 1972.
—. Nigel Wood. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. 3rd Edition. New Delhi: Pearson Education, 2008.
Rayan, Michal. Julie Rivkin. Literary Theory: An Anthology. New York: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
Sethuraman V.S. Contemporary Criticism: An Anthology. Chennai: Macmillan India Ltd, 1989.

(Revised Syllabus for M. Phil, 2013-14)

British Literature

T. S. Eliot
The Waste Land

Kingsley Amis
A Dream of Fair Women

Philip Larkin
The Whitsun Wedding
Harold Pinter
The Caretaker
Fiction -
Irish Murdoch
The Bell
American Literature

Amiri Baraka
A Poem for Black Hearts

Anne Sexton
Sylvia’s Death

E E Cummings
Jehovah Buried, Satan Deed
Fiction -
Alice Walker
Drama -
Eugene O’Neil
Long Day’s Journey into Night
African Literature

Gabriel Okara
Once Upon a Time


John Pepper Clerk -
The Casualties
Fiction -
Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart
Drama -
Wole Soyinka
The Strong Breed
Unit - IV
Canadian Literature

Poetry -
E, J. Pratt
Come Away, Death From Stone to Steel

Earle Birney
The Bear on the Delhi Road
Fiction -
Margaret Laurence -
The Stone Angei
Drama -
Michael Cook
Jacob’s Wake

Unit - V South Asian Literature

Poetry -               A. K. Ramanujan
Fiction -                         Monica Ali

Black Hen (first three poems) Brick Lane

Drama- GirishKarnad - Tale Danda Reference:
1.    Anthology of Commonwealth Poetry Ed. C. D. Narasimhaiah, Macmillan.
2.    Norton Anthology of American Literature. W. W. Norton & company, 1989.
3.    American Literature, Vol.2, Ed. William E. Cain. New York: Penguin Academics,


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