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IGNOU MEG-05 - Literary Criticism and Theory

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IGNOU MEG-05 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-05
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Core Courses (CC)

IGNOU MEG-05 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - An Introduction

  • Unit 1 - Literature, Criticism and Theory
  • Unit 2 - Overview of Western Critical Thought
  • Unit 3 - Twentieth Century Developments
  • Unit 4 - The Function of Criticism
  • Unit 5 - Indian Aesthetics
  • Unit 6 - Resistance to Theory/How to Read a Reader

Block 2 - Classical Criticism

  • Unit 1 - Features of Classical Criticism
  • Unit 2 - Plato on Imitation and Art
  • Unit 3 - Aristotle’s Theory of Imitation
  • Unit 4 - Aristotle’s Theory of Tragedy-I
  • Unit 5 - Aristotle’s Theory of Tragedy-II
  • Unit 6 - Criticism as Dialogue

Block 3 - Romantic Criticism

  • Unit 1 - Romanticism
  • Unit 2 - Words Worth: Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
  • Unit 3 - Coleridge: Biographia Literaria
  • Unit 4 - P.B.Shelley: A Defiance of Poetry

Block 4 - New Criticism

  • Unit 1 - I.A.Richards
  • Unit 2 - T.S.Eliot
  • Unit 3 - F.R.Leavis
  • Unit 4 - John Crowe Ransom and Cleanth Brooks
  • Unit 5 - W.K.Wimsatt
  • Unit 6 - Conclusion

Block 5 - Marxist View of Literature

  • Unit 1 - Marxism and Literature
  • Unit 2 - Society and History: Marxist View
  • Unit 3 - Representing and Critiquing Society: Superstructures
  • Unit 4 - Commitment in Literature
  • Unit 5 - Autonomy in Literature
  • Unit 6 - Literature and Ideology

Block 6 - Feminist Theories

  • Unit 1 - Features of Feminist Criticism
  • Unit 2 - Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of woman
  • Unit 3 - Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own
  • Unit 4 - Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex
  • Unit 5 - Elaine Showalter: ‘Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness’
  • Unit 6 - Feminist Concerns in India Today

Block 7 - Deconstruction

  • Unit 1 - Roots: New Criticism and Structuralism
  • Unit 2 - Beginning Deconstruction
  • Unit 3 - Implications
  • Unit 4 - Deconstructing Poetry
  • Unit 5 - Deconstructing Drama
  • Unit 6 - Re-Assessing Deconstruction

Block 8 - Contemporary Literary Theory

  • Unit 1 - Some Basic Issues
  • Unit 2 - Postmodernism: The Basics
  • Unit 3 - Psychoanalysis: Freud and Lacan
  • Unit 4 - Postcolonial Theory: Said, Spivak and Bhabha
  • Unit 5 - Beginnings of Cultural Studies and New Historicism
  • Unit 6 - Beginnings of Cultural Studies and New Historicism
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IGNOU MEG-05 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. Why does Plato want the artists to be kept away from the ideal state? Discuss. 2. Examine the purpose spontaneity, emotions and personality serve in Wordsworth’s theory of poetry. 3. Write short notes on the following: a) Peripetia (b) Sphota (c) Class ideology (d) Poetic Diction 4. Discuss briefly, the ideas of Marx and Engels on class relations. 5. Comment on Mary Wollstonecraft’s contributions to the rights of women.

IGNOU MEG-05 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. Discuss Aristotle's view of literature as imitation. 2. What do Wordsworth and Coleridge have to say on poetic diction. 3. Write short notes on the following: a) Catharsis (b) Auchitya (c) Superstructure (d) 'Pleasure' and 'instruction' as ends of literature 4. What does I. A. Richards talk about in Practical Criticism? 5. Comment on Lacan's main contribution to critical theory
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