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English Prose: The Elizabethan to the Augustan
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'English Prose: The Elizabethan to the Augustan' is a course offered in First Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to: Recognize varioustypes of prose writing; analyse, understand and appreciate prose writing; write creatively and critically in an expository or argumentative way.

Types of essays - persuasive, descriptive, satirical, argumentative and expository -diaries -travel writing - speeches. Bacon -Father ofEnglish essay.
Major essayists.

Unit 1

Introduction to the English essay-Formal/Impersonal- Informal/Personal essays.
Types of Essays-Periodical/Critical Essays.

Unit 2

Francis Bacon: “Of Truth” [Detailed].
"Of Studies" [Detailed].
"Of Great Places" [Non-Detailed].
"Of Travel" [Non-Detailed].

Unit 3

Sydney: “Apology for Poetry” [Non- Detailed].

Unit 4

Joseph Addison: "Sir Roger at the Theatre" [Detailed]
Richard Steele: "The Trumpet Club" [Detailed].

Unit 5

Oliver Goldsmith: "Man in Black" [Non- Detailed].
"National Prejudices” [Detailed].
Dr. Johnson “Letter to Lord Chesterfield” [Detailed].

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    Thampi, G.B.Mohan. Reflections. New Delhi: Pearson. 2012.
  1. Hudson, WH. An Introduction to the Study of English Literature. Chapter: ‘The Study of The Essay’ Cairncross, A S. Ed. Eight Essayists. Gross, John. The Oxford Book of Essays. OUP, 2008..