Course Title: 
Contemporary Literature and Theory
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Year Taught: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences

'Contemporary Literature and Theory ' is a course offered in the M. Phil. (English Language and Literature) at School of Arts and Science, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

  • To acquaint with the latest theories in literature and English Language Teaching

Unit I: Post Theory

  1. ‘Introduction Post-Theory?’ Stefan Herbrechter and Ivan Callus.

Unit II: – Subaltern Studies

  1. G. Thomas Couser – 'Disability, Life Narrative, and Representation'
  2. Charu Gupta - 'Dalit 'Viranganas' and Reinvention of 1857'
  3. Bronwyn Fredericks – 'Reempowering Ourselves: Australian Aboriginal Women'

Unit III: Gender Studies

  1. Judith Butler – ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory
  2. Eve Kosoktsky Sedgwick - ‘Epistemology of the Closet’
  3. Susan Stryker, Paisley Currah and Lisa Jean Moore – ‘Introduction: Trans-, Trans, or Transgender?’

Unit IV: - Cultural Studies

  1. John Storey- ‘Film’ [Chapter four of Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture].
  2. Neil Badmington – ‘Cultural Studies and the Posthumanities’ [Chapter 14 of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory]
  3. Catherine Gallagher - ‘Raymond Williams and Cultural Studies’
  4. ‘Dangal’- Directed by Nitesh Tiwari
  5. ‘MaheshintePrathikaram’ – Directed by Dileesh Pothan

Unit V: Literature

  1. ManjulaPadmanabhan – Escape
  2. Warren Ellis – Transmetropolitan
  3. Hoshang Merchant – ‘Scent of Love’
  4. Margaret Atwood – ‘In the Secular Night’
  5. GirishKarnad – Naga- Mandala
  6. SharankumarLimbale. The Outcaste: Akkarmashi.
  7. Paul Beatty – The Sellout


  1. Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry edited by MenkaShivdasani
  2. For fiction, follow any standard text.
  3. Online sources
  • Loomba, A. (2005). Colonialism/ Post Colonialism. London: New York: Routledge.
  • Sethuraman V. S. Contemporary Criticism: An Anthology. Chennai: Macmillan India Ltd. 1989.
  • Lodge, David. 20thCentury Literary Critics: A Reader. Newyork: Longman, 1972.
  • Nigal Wood. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. 3rd Edition. New Delhi: Pearson Education, 2008.