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IGNOU BEGC-108 - British Literature: 18th Century

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IGNOU BEGC-108 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title British Literature: 18th Century
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGC-108
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BA (Honours), BAEGH
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGC-108 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

  • Unit 1 - Daniel Defoe: Life, Works and Robinson Crusoe
  • Unit 2 - Robinson Crusoe: An analysis
  • Unit 3 - Robinson Crusoe: Themes
  • Unit 4 - Robinson Cruse: Character Analysis

Block 2 - Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels

  • Unit 1 - Jonathan Swift: Life and Works
  • Unit 2 - Gulliver's Travels: Philosophical and Political Background
  • Unit 3 - Gulliver's Travels: Books I-III: Characters, Summary Themes, and Analysis
  • Unit 4 - Gulliver's Travels: Books I-IV: Characters, Summary Themes, and Analysis

Block 3 - William Congreve: The way of the World

  • Unit 1 - William Congreve: Life and Works
  • Unit 2 - The way of the World: A Summary
  • Unit 3 - The way of the World: Themes
  • Unit 4 - The way of the World: Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Block 4 - Thomas Gray: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

  • Unit 1 - Thomas Gray: Introduction to the Life, Times, and Works
  • Unit 2 - A summary and Critical Analysis of Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • Unit 3 - Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: Themes
  • Unit 4 - Thomas Gray: Critical Essays on the Elegy
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IGNOU BEGC-108 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A 1. Write short notes on the following in about 200 words each: i) Historical Circumstances of 17 th and 18 th Century England. ii) Enlightenment iii) Major Characteristics of Restoration Period iv) Poetry in 18 th century Section B Answer the following in about 300 words each: 1. Comment on the development of the character of Robinson Crusoe in the story. 2. Critically analyse important characters of Gulliver’s Travels Book III. 3. What is the “The Way of the World” solution to the Hobbesian power struggle? 4. What meaning does the term “Age of Sensibility” convey to you? Section C Answer the following questions in about 400 words each: 1. How does the novel foreground that cultural colonization and geographical conquering go hand in hand? 2. Write a critical summary of Gulliver’s Travels Book IV. 3. Critically analyse the major themes in “The Way of the World” 4. Discuss some critical assumptions about the epitaph of the Elegy. 5. Discuss the metaphors and personifications used in the Elegy.

IGNOU BEGC-108 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Section A 1. Write short notes on the following in about 200 words each: (i) Political Debates of 17th Century England. (ii) Satire in New Classical Age. (iii) Features of Restoration Comedy (iv) Broad features of literature in the ‘long 18th Century.’ Section B Answer the following in about 300 words each: 1. Critical comment on the binarisation of the ‘savage’ and the ‘civilized’ in Defoe’s Crusoe. Does the story also blur this rigid binarisation sometimes ? 2. Does Swift help us question the binary between a man and an animal in Gulliver’s Travels? Comment. 3. What role and purpose does Mrs. Fainall serve in the play ‘The Way of the World’? 4. What is the setting of the Gray’s poem ‘Elegy Written In a Country’s Churchyard’? Section C Answer the following questions in about 400 words each: 1. Critically comment on Crusoe’s Sojourn on the island. 2. Gulliver’s Travels Book III is a satire against the abuse of science and reason. Critically discuss. 3. Critically analyze Gulliver’s Travels Book IV as the critique of English colonialism. 4. Does the play ‘The Way of the World’ uphold bourgeoisie ideology and mercantile capitalism? Comment. 5. Analyze the pastoral elements in Gray’s Elegy
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