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Course Name English Prose: The Romantic to The Modern
Course Code 18ELL113
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester II
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Major trends in essay writing–19thand 20thcenturies.

Unit I: 

Charles Lamb: “Dream Children”[Detailed].

“Old China”[Non-Detailed]. 

Hazzlitt “On Familiar Style”[Detailed].

Leigh Hunt: “Getting up on Cold Mornings”[NonDetailed].

Unit II:

John Ruskin:”On Books and Reading”[Detailed]. 

R.L.Stevenson:”An Apology for Idlers”[Detailed]. 

AG Gardiner:”On Saying Please”[Non-Detailed]. 

Stephen Leacock: “My Lost Dollar”[Non-Detailed].

Unit III:

Robert Lynd:”In Praise of Mistakes”[Detailed]. 

GK Chesterton: “The Worship of the Wealthy”[Detailed].

Unit IV:

Hillaire Belloc:”A Conversation with a Cat”[Non-Detailed]. 

J B Priestley: “Lectures”[Non-Detailed].

Unit V:

George Orwell:”Politics and English Language”[Detailed].

George Bernard Shaw:”Spoken English and Broken English”[Detailed].


  1. Board of Editors. Strings of Gold. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan.2008.
  2. Williams,W.E.ABook of English Essays. New Delhi: Penguin Books.1992.
  3. Klarer Mario. An Introduction to Literary Studies. Routledge, 2009.
  4. Students are recommended to refer popular anthologies and web sources.

Core Reading

  1. Nayar,M.G. A Galaxy of English Essayists. Macmillan.
  2. Thampi,GB. Mohan. Reflections. New Delhi: Pearson. 2012.
  3. Gross, John. The Oxford Book of Essays. Oxford: OUP, 2008.
  4. Cairncross, A S. Ed. Eight Essayists.

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