Course Details

B.A. (Hons)


Semester 1-2: Foundation of English Literature

  • Introduction to the basics of English literature.
  • Foundational courses covering poetry, prose, drama, and literary theory.
  • Representative Texts: “Beowulf,” “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer, “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
  • Exploration of key literary elements and forms.
  • Development of fundamental analytical and interpretative skills.
  • Building a strong base for advanced literary studies.

Semester 3-4: Exploring Genres and Periods

  • In-depth exploration of specific literary genres and historical periods.
  • Representative Texts: “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville, “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie, and “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys.
  • Study of the evolution of literature over different epochs.
  • Emphasis on honing critical analysis skills.
  • Engagement with cultural, historical, and social contexts influencing literature.
  • Further development of a nuanced understanding of literary forms.

Semester 5-6: Specialized Electives and Critical Perspectives

  • Choice from a diverse range of specialized electives.
  • Options may include courses on Shakespearean Drama, Postcolonial Literature, Modern Poetry, etc.
  • Representative Texts: “Othello” by William Shakespeare, “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, “Selected Poems” by W.B. Yeats, and “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir.
  • Gain a nuanced understanding of literary criticism and theory.
  • Exploration of critical perspectives and diverse approaches to literature.
  • Tailoring the academic journey to individual interests and preferences.

Semester 7-8: Research and Advanced Studies

  • Engagement in advanced studies with specialized courses.
  • Representative Texts: “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez, “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf, and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Emphasis on research methodologies and independent project work.
  • Exploration of specific literary trends, movements, and themes in-depth.
  • Opportunities for contributing to scholarly discourse in English literature.
  • Culmination of the program with advanced analytical and research skills.

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This enhanced breakdown offers a glimpse into the richness and diversity of the literary texts studied in the B.A Hons English program at Brainy Educations, aligned with the CBCS curriculum at Delhi University.

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