The aim of this course is to acquaint the learners with basic concepts in linguistics. Linguistics is considered as a science and different systems constituting language are discussed. Students are acquainted with different branches of linguistics. Various applications of linguistics are highlighted. The course familiarizes students with the contribution of Saussure, Bloomfield, Boas, Sapir, Chomsky.
The course will introduce basic concepts in films studies, and will subsequently focus on the more theoretical aspects of films studies. The basic approaches that will be discussed are narrative, authorship, and genre. There will also be some discussion of ideology and popular cinema from a general Marxist point of view. Basics of cinematography will also be discussed.
The discipline that looks at books as made material objects, is called history of the book. It investigates and discusses the human agency behind the making and selling of literary texts. It includes everything from the study of manufacturing processes, through editing conventions and practices, right up to selling, reviewing and reception and what happens to books in the hands of readers. Conventional literary criticism has tended till recently to treat everything on the printed page as the unproblematized speech of the authorial voice, ignoring the roles of publishers, editors and readers in the formation of a text. The present course provides an overview of the history of the printed book since the coming of movable type. The main emphasis is on the European, specifically English book, with as much treatment as possible of ‘diasporic’ printing traditions mediated through colonial cultural encounters. The course would attempt to put equal emphasis on the actual technologies used over time, the organization of trade in various places and periods, and the wider social and political context in which books are made, sold and read. The course would also tangentially touch upon the transformations that the printed book underwent with the onset of digital technology in terms of its production, circulation and consumption.
The course is meant to introduce 20th century literary theory and criticism. It aims at
familiarizing students with American New Criticism, Russian Formalism, and structuralism, Reader Response theory among others. Sample texts will be prescribed for an in-depth discussion.
This course will make students aware of the phenomenon of World Englishes and the concept of International English. It will view Indian English as a part of World Englishes. It will encourage students to discover aspects of various sub-systems of Indian English. They will be encouraged to pay attention to the relationship between Indian English, as a variety of English and Indian Writing of English.
This course aims at a historical-feminist approach to the study of literature. Elementary concepts in feminism and gender studies will be introduced. The course distinguishes between women’s writing, women’s liberation, feminist writing and feminism. The socio-economic aspects of gender will be introduced as a part of this course. The focus will be on western theories on feminism and gender criticism. The course will adopt an interdisciplinary method and include theoretical essays, literary texts of varied genres and film texts as a part of the discussion.
The course is meant to familiarize students with issues in translation theory and practice. The
course will focus on the social and political implications of translations, and will take into
account literary and non-literary translations. The implications of western and Indian theories of translation for colonial
and post-colonial societies will be discussed. The course is aimed at familiarizing students with the recent developments in Translation Studies and the larger shifts from linguistic oriented theories to culturally located understanding of translation.