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IGNOU MEG-06 - American Literature

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IGNOU MEG-06 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title American Literature
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-06
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-06 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Contexts of American Literature

  • Unit 1 - The Puritan Context
  • Unit 2 - The Consolidation and Dispersal of the Puritan Utopia
  • Unit 3 - The Puritans as Literary Artists
  • Unit 4 - Some “Other” Contexts of American Literature
  • Unit 5 - Form the Colonial to the Federal: The Contexts of the American Enlightenment

Block 2 - American Fiction-I

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - Reading the Text
  • Unit 3 - Characterization
  • Unit 4 - Narrative Technique and Structure
  • Unit 5 - Critical Perspective

Block 3 - American Fiction-II

  • Unit 1 - Background to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Unit 2 - Huckleberry Finn and its Narrative
  • Unit 3 - Themes and Characterization in Huckleberry Finn
  • Unit 4 - Language in Huckleberry Finn
  • Unit 5 - Humour and Other Issues in Huckleberry Finn

Block 4 - American Prose

  • Unit 1 - Revolutionary Prose in America
  • Unit 2 - American prose in the Period of National Consolidation
  • Unit 3 - The ‘Other’ Side of American Romanticism
  • Unit 4 - American Prose around the Civil War
  • Unit 5 - American Prose in the Post-Civil War Period, 1865-1890

Block 5 - American Poetry-I

  • Unit 1 - Background
  • Unit 2 - The Text 1: Walt Whitman
  • Unit 3 - The Text 2: Emily Dickinson
  • Unit 4 - Structure and Style
  • Unit 5 - Critical Perspective

Block 6 - American Poetry-II

  • Unit 1 - Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  • Unit 2 - Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)
  • Unit 3 - William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
  • Unit 4 - Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
  • Unit 5 - Adrienne Rich (1929--)

Block 7 - American Short Story

  • Unit 1 - The American Short Story
  • Unit 2 - Hemingway: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
  • Unit 3 - William Faulkner: The Bear
  • Unit 4 - Comparisons and Contrasts

Block 8 - American Drama

  • Unit 1 - American Drama: An introduction
  • Unit 2 - The Question of Identity in the Hairy Ape
  • Unit 3 - Death of a Salesman as Tragedy
  • Unit 4 - The Novel Use of Structure in Death of a Salesman
  • Unit 5 - A Comparison between Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller

Block 9 - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  • Unit 1 - The Bluest Eye: Background
  • Unit 2 - A Brief View of African American Literature
  • Unit 3 - The Bluest Eye and its Narrative
  • Unit 4 - The Dangerous Idea of Physical Beauty in the Bluest eye
  • Unit 5 - Sex and Love in The Bluest Eye
  • Unit 6 - Conclusion
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IGNOU MEG-06 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. Discuss the material conditions and circumstances which made The American Enlightenment possible. 2. Discuss the use of human as a tool of social criticism in Huckleberry Finn. 3. Comment on the theme of Wallace Steven’s poem ‘The Emperor of Ice-cream’. 4. Discuss on the appropriateness of the title Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye. 5. Attempt a critical reading of A Clean Well Lighted Place.

IGNOU MEG-06 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. Analyse Death of a Salesman as a realistic tragedy. 2. Write a critical note on the dramatic form in the 20th Century. 3. Discuss the development of the revolutionary prose in America. 4. Write a note on imagism in Ezra Pound’s poetry. Cite instances from his poems prescribed in your course. 5. Write a critical note on the ideology of Puritanism reflected in American literature.
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