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IGNOU MEG-02 - British Drama

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IGNOU MEG-02 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title British Drama
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-02
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU MEG-02 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus

  • Unit 1 - Christopher Marlowe and The Elizabethan Drama
  • Unit 2 - The Tragic Drama of Doctor Faustus
  • Unit 3 - Irony and The Tragic Dilemma in Doctor Faustus
  • Unit 4 - The Renaissance and Reformation in Doctor Faustus
  • Unit 5 - Dramatic Poetry in Doctor Faustus
  • Unit 6 - The Performance of Doctor Faustus

Block 2 - William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Unit 1 - Background: Performance
  • Unit 2 - Romantic Comedy and the Language of the Play
  • Unit 3 - A Midsummer Night's Dream-I
  • Unit 4 - A Midsummer Night's Dream-II
  • Unit 5 - The Mechanicals

Block 3 - William Shakespeare: Hamlet

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - Interpretations
  • Unit 3 - Language of Literature
  • Unit 4 - Hamlet: Other Dimensions
  • Unit 5 - "The World as Stage": Wider Perspective
  • Unit 6 - Current Critical Approaches to Hamlet

Block 4 - Ben Jonson: The Alchemist

  • Unit 1 - The Dramatic Career of Ben Jonson
  • Unit 2 - Jonsonian Comedy and The Alchemist
  • Unit 3 - The Structure of The Alchemist
  • Unit 4 - The Alchemist in the Theatre
  • Unit 5 - Characterization and Language

Block 5 - The Playboy of the Western World

  • Unit 1 - Background to the Playboy
  • Unit 2 - Critical Annotations to the Playboy
  • Unit 3 - Close Analysis of the Playboy
  • Unit 4 - The Playboy: A Discussion
  • Unit 5 - The Playboy: A Discussion (Contd.)

Block 6 - Bernard Shaw: Pygmalion

  • Unit 1 - Background of English Drama from the Restoration Period to Bernard Shaw
  • Unit 2 - Pygmalion: Themes and Issues
  • Unit 3 - Dramatic Structure and Mingling of Genres
  • Unit 4 - Language and Style

Block 7 - T.S. Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral

  • Unit 1 - T.S.Eliot’s Essays and Other Works Related to the Play
  • Unit 2 - Background, Production and Performance History
  • Unit 3 - Critical Approaches to Play-I
  • Unit 4 - Critical Approaches to Play-II
  • Unit 5 - General Comments and other Reading

Block 8 - John Osborne: Look in Anger

  • Unit 1 - Background to the Play
  • Unit 2 - The Characters
  • Unit 3 - Language and Speech in Look Back in Anger
  • Unit 4 - Critical Approaches in Look Back in Anger
  • Unit 5 - Anger and After: The Play’s Subsequent Importance

Block 9 - Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot

  • Unit 1 - Waiting for Godot: An Avant Garde Play
  • Unit 2 - Godot: A Critical Analysis-I
  • Unit 3 - Critical Analysis-II
  • Unit 4 - Themes and Issues-I
  • Unit 5 - Themes and Issues-II
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IGNOU MEG-02 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

Section A 1. Critically comment on the following passages with reference to the context, in not more than 150 words each: (a) O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven, It had the primal eldest curse upon't A brother's murder! Pray can I not. Though inclination be as sharp as will. (b) Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion: relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable. (c) What boots it then to think of God or heaven ? Away with such fancies and despair; Despairin God, and trust in Beelzebub ... Abjure this magic, turn to God again. (d) Astride of a grave and a difficult birth Down in the hole, lingeringly, the gravedigger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener. Section B 1. "Beckett rejects the received logic of form and conventional structure." Critically comment. 2. Discuss the typical Shakespearean comic elements in the play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 3. What do you think is the dominant quality of Hamlet’s character? Discuss with suitable examples. 4. Can The Alchemist be understood as a satire? Give suitable examples. 5. Discuss the play Pygmalion as a romance? Elaborate. 6. Discuss the art of characterisation in The Playboy of the Western World? 7. Discuss Murder in the Cathedral as a poetic drama. 8. Comment on the historical significance of Look Back in Anger. 9. Discuss the Romantic and Modernist conceptions of character in the presentation of Jimmy as the play's protagonist.

IGNOU MEG-02 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. Discuss Waiting for Godot from the perspective of the theatre of the Absurd. 2. Discuss the typical Shakespearean comic elements in the play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 3. What do you think is the dominant quality of Hamlet’s character? Discuss with suitable examples. 4. Can The Alchemist be understood as a satire? Give suitable examples. 5. Discuss the play Pygmalion as a romance? Elaborate. 6. Discuss the art of characterisation in The Playboy of the Western World? 7. Discuss Murder in the Cathedral as a poetic drama. 8. Comment on the historical significance of Look Back in Anger. 9. Write an essay on British Drama in the twentieth Century
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