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IGNOU MEG-15 - Comparative Literature: Theory and practice

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IGNOU MEG-15 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title Comparative Literature: Theory and practice
  • Language(s) English
  • Code MEG-15
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-15 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - Introduction

  • Unit 1 - What is Comparative Literature
  • Unit 2 - The Practice of Comparative Literature
  • Unit 3 - Theory of Comparative Literature
  • Unit 4 - Modernism: The West and the East

Block 2 - Comparative Indian Literature-1

  • Unit 1 - Literature and Culture
  • Unit 2 - Oral and Written Literature
  • Unit 3 - Indian Literature: Historiography and Periodization
  • Unit 4 - Readings and Interpretation

Block 3 - Comparative Indian Literature-2

  • Unit 1 - Literature in Indian Languages and the Idea of Modernity
  • Unit 2 - The Centre and Periphery
  • Unit 3 - Choma’s Drum
  • Unit 4 - Godaan

Block 4 - Comparative World Literature-1

  • Unit 1 - Ways of Looking at Reality
  • Unit 2 - Life Writings
  • Unit 3 - Words to Win: Rashsundari Debi’s Amar Jiban
  • Unit 4 - Sally Morgan My Place

Block 5 - Comparative World Literature-2

  • Unit 1 - Magical Realism
  • Unit 2 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings; Nikolai Gogol, The Nose
  • Unit 3 - Amos Tutuola: The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Block 6 - Literature and Culture: Exchanges and Negotiations-1

  • Unit 1 - Telling and Retelling
  • Unit 2 - Retellings of Mahabharata
  • Unit 3 - Dharamvir Bharati’s verse Play Andha Yug

Block 7 - Literature and Culture: Exchanges and Negotiations-2

  • Unit 1 - Shifting Perspectives
  • Unit 2 - Pratibha Ray’s Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi
  • Unit 3 - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions
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IGNOU MEG-15 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. How does a film that has been adapted from a story/novel affect our understanding of the text through the shift of perspective? Illustrate. 2. What do you understand by the term ‘oral literature’? Illustrate. 3. Explain with examples how Andhayug is relevant to our times. 4. What is magical realism? What are its defining characteristics? Illustrate. 5. What do you understand by ‘shifting perspectives? How does it influence our interpretation of a cultural work? 6. Do you think that studies in comparative literature can help to bring about world harmony? How? 7. How is the area of cultural studies related to comparative literature. 8. What do you understand by the terms ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’? Illustrate. 9. Can translation be regarded as re telling? Explain with examples. 10. How does inter-literariness affect out interpretation of texts?

IGNOU MEG-15 (July 2022 - January 2023) Assignment Questions

1. How does the study of comparative literature affect our understanding of world literature? 2. What do you understand by “telling” and “re-telling”? Illustrate 3. Select a book/story you have read which has also been turned into a film and see how the change of presentation has affected the work. 4. What is ‘inter-literariness’? Explain with relevant examples. 5. Explain ‘magical realism’ with examples from texts/films you have read/seen.
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