Course Title: 
Elements of Literary Criticism
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Elements of Literary Criticism' is a course offered in Fifth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To create and nurture critical sensibility; to introduce the students to different genres; to make them appreciate various forms of literature.

Unit 1

General Introduction

- What is Criticism?
- Nature and Function, Definitions.

Unit 2

Classical Criticism

- Introduction to Aristotle, Longinus, Horace.
- Basic concepts.

Unit 3

Renaissance and Neo

- Classical Criticism.
- Sir Philip Sidney.
- ‘Defence of Poetry’. 
- Basic precepts of Dryden, Pope and Dr.Johnson in criticism.

Unit 4

Romantic and Victorian Criticism

- Wordsworth.
- ‘Preface to Lyrical Ballads’.
- Coleridge.
- ‘Biographia Literaria’ (Chapter XIV).
- Matthew Arnold.
- ‘The Function of Criticism in the Present Time’.

Unit 5

Modern Criticism

- Eliot and Modernism.
- ‘Tradition and Individual Talent’.
- I.A.Richards.
- ‘Practical Criticism’.
- F R Leavis: “Poetry and the Modern World”.

  1. W H Hudson. An Introduction to the Study of Literature. New Delhi: Atlantic,1998.
  2. English Critical Texts. D J Enright and Ernst de Chickera. Ed. Delhi: OUP.
  3. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. David Lodge (Ed). London: Longman.
  4. I. A. Richards. Practical Criticism. Kegan Paul, London.
  5. F R Leavis. New Bearings in English Poetry.
  6. D A Russell, Michael Winterbottom. Classical Literary Criticism. Oxford:OUP, 1989.
  7. Selden, Raman.The Theory of Criticsm: From Plato to the Present. Longman, 1988.
  8. Prasad, B. Introduction to English Criticism.
  1. James, Scott, RA. The Making of Literature. Warburg: Martin Seeker,1946.
  2. Guerin, Wilfred, Earle Labor, Lee Morgan,Jeanne C. Reesman and John R Willingham. A Hand Book of Critical Approaches to Literature. NewYork: OUP, 1985.
  3. Wellek, Rene, Austin Warren. Theory of Literature. Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1949.
  4. Abrams, M H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. Cengage Learning India Private Limited, 2015.
  5. David Daiches. Critical Approaches to Literature.
  6. Nagarajan, M S. English Literary Criticism and Theory: An Introductory History. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2006.
  7. Online Sources.