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IGNOU MEG-14 - Contemporary Indian Literature in English Translation

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IGNOU MEG-14 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Contemporary Indian Literature in English Translation
  • Language(s)
  • Code MEG-14
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-14 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Background Studies

  • Unit 1 - The Concept of Indian Literature
  • Unit 2 - The Concept of Indian Literature: Modern Period
  • Unit 3 - Comparative Studies in Indian Literature
  • Unit 4 - English Translation of Indian Literature

Block 2 - Samskara: U. R. Anantha Murthy

  • Unit 1 - The Writer and his Literary Context
  • Unit 2 - Samskara: The Narrative
  • Unit 3 - Samskara: Form and Themes
  • Unit 4 - Samskara: Characters, Title, Literary Criticism and Contemporary Relevance

Block 3 - Tamas: Bhisham Sahni

  • Unit 1 - The Writer and The Partition
  • Unit 2 - Getting to Know the Text
  • Unit 3 - Making Sense of the Narrative
  • Unit 4 - Characters and Characterization
  • Unit 5 - An Overview

Block 4 - Short Story-I

  • Unit 1 - Mahasweta Devi: Salt
  • Unit 2 - Vaikom Muhammad Basheer: Birthday
  • Unit 3 - Nirmal Verma: Birds
  • Unit 4 - Ismat Chughtai: Tiny's Granny
  • Unit 5 - Gopinath Mohanty: Tadpa

Block 5 - Short Story-II

  • Unit 1 - Indira Goswami (Mamoni Raisom Goswami): The Empty Chest
  • Unit 2 - Motilal Jotwani: Very Lonely, She
  • Unit 3 - Afsar Ahmed: Headmaster, Prawn, Chanachur
  • Unit 4 - Vijaydan Detha: The Compromise

Block 6 - Poetry

  • Unit 1 - K. S. Nongkynrih: Requiem (Khasi)
  • Unit 2 - Haribhajan Singh: Tree and The Sage
  • Unit 3 - Dina Nath Nadim: The Moon
  • Unit 4 - Kondepudi Nirmala: Mother Serious
  • Unit 5 - Ramakanta Rath: Sri Radha
  • Unit 6 - Sitanshu Yashashchandra: Orpheus

Block 7 - Tughlaq: Girish Karnad

  • Unit 1 - Introducting Contemporary Indian Literature
  • Unit 2 - Introducting The Author and The Play
  • Unit 3 - Tughlaq: Structure, Themes and Motifs
  • Unit 4 - Characters and Critical Comments on the Play

Block 8 - Non-Fictional Prose

  • Unit 1 - Amrita Rai: Prem Chand, His Life and Times
  • Unit 2 - Bama (Faustina Mary Fatima Rani): Karukku
  • Unit 3 - Saadat Hasan Manto: On Ismat
  • Unit 4 - Uma Prasad Mukhopadhyaya: Manimahesh
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IGNOU MEG-14 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. What is the role of two major Sanskrit epics in the construction of Indian culture? 2. Which character(s) do you like the most in the novel “Samskara”? Why? 3. Do any of the character(s) surprise you at any stage in the novel ‘Tamas”? Who are they? 4. Bring out the silver lining in the story “Birthday”. 5. Discuss the symbols in the story “The Empty Chest”. 6. Discuss the significance of images related to spirit and matter in the poem “Just Once Try”. 7. Write a note on the contemporary relevance of Tughlaq.

IGNOU MEG-14 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. What do you understand by ‘Idea of India’ as a ‘Nation’? 2. Account for the rich scope of comparative studies in studying Indian Literature. 3. What are the thematic preoccupations of the writer in Samskara? Discuss. 4. Discuss the theme of communalism and its treatment in the novel ‘Tamas’. 5. Discuss the various symbols and motifs used in the play ‘Tughlaq’. 6. Write a critical note on contemporary Indian poetry from the Northeast with special reference to the poems prescribed. 7. Write a critical note on Dalit Literature.
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