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IGNOU MEG-12 - A Survey Course In 20th Century Canadian Literature

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IGNOU MEG-12 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title A Survey Course In 20th Century Canadian Literature
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-12
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-12 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Contexts of Canadian Writing

  • Unit 1 - Canada: Land and People
  • Unit 2 - Literary Beginnings
  • Unit 3 - English Canadian Theatre and Drama: its Evolution
  • Unit 4 - Canadian Discourse on Nature and Technology

Block 2 - Recent Canadian Poetry

  • Unit 1 - The Growth of Canadian Poetry
  • Unit 2 - Recent Common Wealth Poetry and Canada's Place in iIt
  • Unit 3 - Two Major Novelists as Poets
  • Unit 4 - Five Other Important Poets

Block 3 - Surfacing

  • Unit 1 - Development of the Canadian Novel
  • Unit 2 - Margaret Atwood: Life and Works
  • Unit 3 - Surfacing: Theme,Structure,Technique and Characterization
  • Unit 4 - Surfacing: Language

Block 4 - The Tin Flute (Novel)

  • Unit 1 - French Canadian Writing (Quebec)
  • Unit 2 - Gabrielle Roy: Life and Works
  • Unit 3 - The Tin Flute: Structure and Theme
  • Unit 4 - The Tin Flute: Characterization and Technique

Block 5 - The English Patient

  • Unit 1 - Canadian-South Asian Diasporic Writing
  • Unit 2 - Onadaatje: Life and Works
  • Unit 3 - The English Patient: Theme,Structure and Characterization
  • Unit 4 - The English Patient: Technique

Block 6 - Canadian Short Story

  • Unit 1 - Short Fiction in General and The Canadian Short Story
  • Unit 2 - 'A Mother in India': Sara Jenette Duncan
  • Unit 3 - 'Sunday Afternoon': Alice Munro; 'Where is the Voice Coming From' Rudy Wiebe
  • Unit 4 - 'Swimming Lessons' Rohinton Mistry; 'The Door is Shut Behind Me': Uma Parameswaran

Block 7 - The Ecstasy of Rita Joe: Drama

  • Unit 1 - Canadian Drama: The General Dramatic Scene
  • Unit 2 - Introduction to Writer and The Structure of the Play
  • Unit 3 - The Ecstasy of Rita Joe: Theme and Characterization
  • Unit 4 - Dramatic Technique in the Ecstasy of Rita Joe and The Brechtian Angle

Block 8 - Development of Canadian Criticism

  • Unit 1 - The Recent Development of Canadian Criticism
  • Unit 2 - Northrop Frye
  • Unit 3 - Linda Hutcheon
  • Unit 4 - Smaro Kamboureli
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IGNOU MEG-12 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. What are the different stages of Canadian history from the First Settlers to the present age? Elaborate on it. 2. What makes 1967 a key year in the development of indigenous Canadian drama? What gives George Ryga a special place in Canadian drama? 3. What is the general Canadian attitude to 'Nature" especially in the early years of its existence as a nation? 4. What are the chief characteristics of 20" century Canadian poetry? 5. Comment on the overall thematic thrust of Surfacing. Structurally, what are the three broad sections into which Surfacing can be divided? 6. Comment on the thematic side of The Tin Flute. 7. Who are the main characters in The English Patient. Give a brief account of their life together in the Italian Villa? 8. Comment on the thematic side of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. 9. Discuss the narrative technique Swimming Lessons." 10. What are the various types of criticism that Frye talks about in Anatomy of Criticism?

IGNOU MEG-12 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1 What are some major concerns that dominate 20th century Canadian Literature? Give a reasoned answer. 2 Write a detailed note on the contributions of Atwood and Ondaatje to recent Canadian poetry. 3 Write a detailed note on the genre of the Canadian long poem. 4 Write a detailed note on the main character of the novel Surfacing. 5 Gabrielle Roy very realistically presents the lives of the people of Quebec in her novel The Tin Flute. Discuss it with examples from the novel. 6 In what ways is The English Patient a modernist novel? Discuss it. 7 Attempt a critical assessment of “A Mother in India”. 8 Wo are the main characters in The Tin Flute? Who emerges as the most arresting character from among these? 9 ‘Characterization in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe follows allegorical writing in its accent on white and black shades of characters.’ Critically comment. 10 What are the various types of criticism that Frye talks about in Anatomy of Criticism?
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