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IGNOU BEGC-134 - Reading the Novel

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Reading the Novel

BEGC–134 focuses on defining the novel and tracing its origins. It also sheds light on the development of novels in the last three centuries. It introduces students to three of the top books–The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Paraja by Gopinath Mohanty, and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. After completing BEGC–134, students can tell the difference between various types of novels.

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IGNOU BEGC-134 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Reading the Novel
  • Language(s)
  • Code BEGC-134
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) BAG
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU BEGC-134 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - The Novel: An Introduction

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to the Novel
  • Unit 2 - Aspects of the Novel-I
  • Unit 3 - Aspects of the Novel-II
  • Unit 4 - Future of the Novel

Block 2 - Kate Chopin: The Awakening

  • Unit 1 - Locating the Awakening: Background and Context
  • Unit 2 - Contextualising: The Awakening
  • Unit 3 - Critical Responses to the Awakening
  • Unit 4 - Critical Approaches to the Awakening: Feminist, Psychoanalytical, Others

Block 3 - Gopinath Mohanty: Paraja

  • Unit 1 - Locating Paraja
  • Unit 2 - Paraja: Socio-Cultural Context
  • Unit 3 - Paraja: Themes and Plot
  • Unit 4 - Paraja: A Novel in Translation

Block 4 - Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

  • Unit 1 - Africa: A Brief Historical Survey
  • Unit 2 - Chinua Achebe: Life, Works, Literature and Society in Nigeria
  • Unit 3 - Things Fall Apart: Detailed Analysis
  • Unit 4 - Specific Features of Things Fall Apart
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IGNOU BEGC-134 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A 1. Write short notes in about 100 words each: (i) Style (ii) Colonising the African Mind (iv) Third World Novels (iv) Edna Pontellier Section B Answer the following in about 350 words each: 1. Examine The Awakening using symbolism as a mode of enquiry. 2. Discuss Paraja as a text that deals with the economic plight of tribals. 3. What do you think does a literary text loose in the process of literary translation with reference to Paraja. 4. Criticially ananlyse the consequences of the white man’s arrival in Umuofia, in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

IGNOU BEGC-134 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

Answer all questions. Section A 1. Write short notes in about 100 words each: (i) Narrative (ii) New Trends in Fiction Writing (iv) Characterisation (iv) Theme Section B Answer the following in about 350 words each: 1. Examine the similarities/ points of contrast between Kate Chopin and Edna Pontellier in The Awakening. 2. Do you think that Things Fall Apart also appeals to readers across national boundaries? Give reasons in support of your answer. 3. Write a critical note on the significance of songs in Paraja. 4. Would you agree that Things Fall Apart is just a simple story of the rise and fall of one man? Give reasons for your answer.
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