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IGNOU BEGC-106 - Popular Literature

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Popular Literature

BEGC-106 touches upon the world of literature that was considered tacky or uncultured, etc. However, with times, academia has accepted Popular literature. Students in this course get to know the difference between highbrow and lowbrow literature. BEGC–106 covers topics such as popular literature, the notion of the canonical and the popular literature, exploring academic and critical approaches to popular literature. It covers works like Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass, Shyam Selvadurai: Funny Boy, Ursula K Le Guin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability, and Ruskin Bond and Vishal Bharadwaj's The Blue Umbrella.

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IGNOU BEGC-106 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Popular Literature
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGC-106
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BA (Honours), BAEGH
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGC-106 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Popular Literature: An Introduction

  • Unit 1 - What is Popular Literature?
  • Unit 2 - The Notion of the Canonical and the Popular
  • Unit 3 - Exploring Academic and Critical Approaches to Popular Literature
  • Unit 4 - Popular Literature Today

Block 2 - Genres of Popular Literature I: Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction

  • Unit 1 - Children’s Literature: An Introduction
  • Unit 2 - Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass
  • Unit 3 - Young Adult Fiction: An Introduction (Writings From Sri Lanka)
  • Unit 4 - Shyam Selvadurai: Funny Boy

Block 3 - Genres of Popular Literature II: Detective and Science Fiction

  • Unit 1 - Crime and Detective Fiction: A Introduction
  • Unit 2 - Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Unit 3 - Science Fiction: An Introduction
  • Unit 4 - Ursula K Le Guin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Block 4 - Genres of Popular Literature III: Graphic and Visual Narratives

  • Unit 1 - Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability
  • Unit 2 - Graphic Narratives: Analysing Vyam’s Bhimayana
  • Unit 3 - Literature & Cinema: An Introduction
  • Unit 4 - Ruskin Bond and Vishal Bharadwaj’s The Blue Umbrella
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IGNOU BEGC-106 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A Write short notes in about 100 words each: 1. (i) Kitsch (ii) Ekstatis (iii) Bildungsroman (iv) Postmodernism Section B Answer the following in about 350 words each: 1. Discuss the chess motif as central to the understanding of Through the Looking Glass. 2. Comment on the relationship between Gender and Space in the context of Arije’s school in Funny Boy. 3. Comment on the narrative strategy in the Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 4. Discuss Science Fiction as a literary genre. 5. Does the language of cinema convey meaning discuss with reference to Vishal Bharadwaj’s The Blue Umbrella.

IGNOU BEGC-106 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Answer all questions. Section A Write short notes in about 100 words each: 1. (i) Digital Texts (ii) Young Adult Fiction (iii) Hard Boiled Novels (iv) Digna Pattern Section B Answer the following in about 350 words each: 1. Try and locate Young Adult Literature within Popular Literature. 2. Comment on the relationship between the Lion and the Unicorn in Through the Looking Glass. 3. Analyse Funny Boy as a bildungsroman. 4. Examine the role and significance of the narrative voice in “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.”
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