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Course Name History of English Literature: The Augustan to the Victorian
Course Code 18ELL111
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

History of English Literature from Augustan to Victorian Age with special emphasis on major writers.

Unit I: 


Major Writers of the Age.

Unit II:

Pre Romantic Age- Transition- Major Writers.

Unit III:

Early Romantics- Major writers.

Unit IV:

Late Romantic Writers – Byron, Shelley, Keats and Thomas More.

Lamb, Dequincy, Hazlitt, Southey.

Unit V:

Victorian Age – Characteristics – Socio-Political Background-Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Macaulay, Ruskin.


  1. Legouis, Emile, Cazamian. A Short History of English Literature. OUP.
  2. Ford, Boris (Ed.) The Pelican Guide to English Literature. Penguin Books.
  3. Thornley, G C and Gwyneth Roberts. An Outline of English Literature, Pearson, 2011.
  4. Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman, Anthony H. Harrison. Eds. A Companion to Victorian Poetry.London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Core Reading

  1. Prasad, B. A Background to the Study of English Literature.
  2. Arthur Compton-Rickett. A History of English Literature. Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd.
  3. Peck, John and Martin Coyle. A Brief History of English Literature. Indian Edition: Palgrave.
  4. Alexander Michael. A History of English Literature. Chennai: Palgrave Macmillan.

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