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IGNOU BEGC-105 - American Literature

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American Literature

BEGC–105 The purpose of BEGC–105 is to provide a complete introduction and understanding of American literature in its many forms and dimensions. The first block informs students about American Drama with a play by Arthur Miller called All My Sons. The next block of the text deals with another equally exciting and significant piece of writing-The Scarlet Letter. This work of historical fiction was published in 1850, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Block 3 of this course is devoted to Short Fiction such as O' Henry's After Twenty Years, Willa Cather's On the Gull's Road, and Ernst Hemingway's Snows of Kilimanjaro/ Killers. In block 4 of BEGC–105, students get the essence of American poetry.

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IGNOU BEGC-105 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title American Literature
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGC-105
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BA (Honours), BAEGH
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGC-105 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Arthur Miller–All My Sons

  • Unit 1 - American Drama: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - All My Sons: A Detailed Study
  • Unit 3 - Thematic Concerns in All My Sons
  • Unit 4 - All My Sons: Characterisation

Block 2 - Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

  • Unit 1 - The Scarlet Letter: A Socio Cultural Background
  • Unit 2 - The Scarlet Letter: Characterization
  • Unit 3 - The Scarlet Letter: Themes and Their Expression Through Imagery
  • Unit 4 - The Scarlet Letter: Structure, Narrative Style and Special Features

Block 3 - Short Fiction

  • Unit 1 - Short Fiction: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - O’ Henry: After Twenty Years
  • Unit 3 - Willa Cather: On the Gull’s Road
  • Unit 4 - Ernest Hemingway: The Snows of Kilimanjaro/Killers

Block 4 - American Poetry: An Introduction

  • Unit 1 - Ralph Waldo Emerson: Brahma, Hamatreya
  • Unit 2 - Walt Whitman: ‘O Captain, My Captain’ & ‘Passage to India’ (lines 1–68)
  • Unit 3 - Emily Dickinson: Because I Could Not Stop for Death, A Thought Went Up My Mind Today, Death Sets a Thing Significant
  • Unit 4 - Alexie Sherman Alexie ‘Crow Testament’ & ‘Evolution’
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IGNOU BEGC-105 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A Answer with reference to the context: (i) Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I with mournful tread. Walk the deck my captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. (ii) The Crow God as depicted in all of the reliable Crow bibles looks exactly like a Crow. (iii) They added ridge to valley, brook to pond And signed for all that bounded their domain; We must have clay, lime, gravel, granite-ledge, (iv) We slowly drove-he knew no haste and I had put away My labour and leisure too, for his civility. Section B Answer the following in about 300 words each: 1. Interpret the "Brahma" in terms of Indian thought. 2. Write a critical note on 'Passage to India'. 3. What is the source of Emily Dickinson’s biographical details? 4. Write a critical appreciation of the poem. Section C Answer the following questions in about 600 words each: 1. What were the prominent themes that captured the imagination of writers of short fiction? Discuss. 2. How did Henrik Ibsen contribute to the growth of modern American drama? 3. Does Hawthorne accept the moral ideas of Puritans, especially regarding adultery? Discuss it with reference to the texts prescribed for you. 4. What are the special features of The Scarlet Letter as a fictional work? Elaborate on it.

IGNOU BEGC-105 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Section A Answer with reference to the context: 1. (i) The white man, disguised as a falcon, swoops in and yet again steals a salmon from Crow’s talon. (ii) If the red slayer thinks he slays Or if the slain thinks he is slain They know not well the subtle ways I keep, and pass, and turn again (iii) But somewhere in my soul, I know I have met the Thing before; It just reminded me-‘t was alland came my way no more. (iv) We slowly drove-he knew no haste and I had put away My labour and leisure too, for his civility. Section B Answer the following in about 300 words each: 1. Write an extended note on the poetic devices used in ‘Passage to India’. 2. How does Howthorne present the organic-mechanical contrast in the novel The Scarlet Letter? 3. Write a critical appreciation of the poem “O Captain! My Captain!”. 4. How did Henrik Ibsen contribute to the growth of modern American Drama?
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