COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
English Literature: Chaucer to 19th Century
Course Code: 
18ELL502
Year Taught: 
2019
Semester: 
7
School: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Campus: 
Mysuru

'English Literature: Chaucer to 19th Century' is a course offered in Seventh 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 acquaint students with major trends and writers up to 19th century; to enable students to read and appreciate the works of major English authors; to inculcate an aesthetic sense of appreciation and understanding.

Unit 1

Introduction-Survey of English literature from Chaucer to 19th century-landmarks-major writers-themes and concerns-socio-political developments.

Unit 2

Drama

Christopher Marlowe: “Edward II[Detailed]
Ben Jonson:“Every Man in His Humour[Non-Detailed]
Bernard Shaw: “Arms and the Man[Non-Detailed].

Poetry

Geoffrey Chaucer: "Prologue" [Detailed]
John Milton: "Paradise Lost" Book IX [Detailed]
Edmund Spencer: “Prothalamion” [Non-Detailed]
William Langland “Piers the Plowman” [Non-Detailed]
Sir Thomas Wyatt “Farewell, Love” [Non-Detailed]
George Herbert “Easter Wings” [Non-Detailed]
Henry Vaughan “The Retreat” [Non-Detailed]
John Donne “The Canonization” [Non-Detailed]
Andrew Marvell “To His Coy Mistress” [Non-Detailed]

Unit 3

Fiction [Non-Detailed]

Walter Scott: Ivanhoe.
Charles Dickens: Hard Times.

Unit 4

Modern Grammar and Syntax – Prescriptive vs Descriptive approaches- Grammaticality and Acceptability- Word Classes, Form Class, Function Class-Phrases and ClausesCoordination and Subordination-Noun, Adverb and Relative Clauses-Basic sentence patterns-Types of sentences-Elements of a sentence - IC Analysis -Structural vs. Generative Grammar - Transformational Generative Grammar –Deep Structure - Surface Structure - PS Rules - Adequacy, Meaning,Lexicon-Tree diagram-Aspect Model of ChomskyTransformations-Singular/Double-based Tagmemics-Trace Theory-Case-Government and Binding.

Unit 5

Prose

Francis Bacon: “Of Friendship” [Detailed], “Of Marriage and Single Life” [Detailed]
Joseph Addison: “Sir Roger in Westminster” [Non-Detailed]
Richard Steele: “Recollections” [Non-Detailed]
William Hazzlitt: “On the Pleasures of Hating” [Non-Detailed]
Charles Lamb: “South Sea House” [Detailed], “Oxford in the Vacation” [Detailed]

  1. Chaucer: “The Prologue.” The Canterbury Tales. Trans. NevillCoghill.
  2. Marlowe: Edward II. OUP, 1972.
  3. John Milton: Paradise Lost. Book IX. 
  4. Bernard Shaw: Arms and the Man. 
  5. Charles Dickens: Hard Times
  6. Grierson, Herbert J.C., ed. Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the 17th Century. Revised by Alastair Fowler. London: Oxford UP, 1995. Print. 
  7. Healey, Thomas. The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe. Ed. Peter Cheney. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.174-92. Print.
  8. Hopkins, Lisa. Christopher Marlowe: Renaissance Dramatist. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2008. Print.
  9. Kamholtz, Jonathan Z. “Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry: The Politics of Love.” Criticism 20.4 (1978): 349-65. JSTOR. Web.
  10. Gross, John. Ed. Oxford Book of Essays. OUP.
  11. Online sources.
  1. Styan, J B. Marlowe: A Critical Study. Cambridge: CUP, 1964.
  2. Innes, Christopher. The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw. Toronto: CUP, 1998.
  3. Danielson, Dennis. The Cambridge Companion to Milton. CUP, 1999.
  4. Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Companion to Chaucer. OUP, 2003.
  5. Schlicke, Paul.Ed. The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens: Anniversary edition, 2011.
  6. Arthur Compton-Rickett. A History of English Literature. Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd.
  7. Legouis, Emile, Cazamian. A Short History of English Literature. OUP.