Course Title: 
History of English Literature: Late Victorian to the Modern
Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'History of English Literature: Late Victorian to the Modern' is a course offered in Third 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 make them familiar with lndian ethos and its variety as expressed in the major genres of early Indian writing in English.

Unit I: 

Late Victorian Period.
General characteristics, major writers and their works.

Unit II:

Early Twentieth Century-World War I and its impact-features-writers-Modernism-Realism-War poets-Yeats,Conrad, Shaw, Lawrence.

Unit III:

The Inter-War Years – Major Writers –Auden, Cecil Day-Lewis, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood- Features- Dissolution of the British Empire- transition from the Modern to the Postmodern-Feminism and Environmentalism.

Unit IV:

Post-War Period (after 1945) Major trends and movements-Movement poets-Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Kingsley Amis, Graham Greene, George Orwell.

Unit V:

Avant Garde Movements-Poetry- Eliot- Fiction- Stream of Consciousness- Joyce, Woolf-New Trends in English Theatre – John Osborne, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Arnold Wesker- Robert Bolt- Edward Bond.

  1. Evans, Ifor- A Short History of English Literature, Penguin.
  2. Albert, Edward. A History of English Literature.
  3. Peck, John and Martin Coyle - A Brief History of English Literature, Indian ED., Palgrave.
  4. Sanders, Andrew - The Short Oxford History of English Literature.
  5. Poplawski, Paul. Ed. English Literature in Context. CUP, 2008.
  1. Legouis, E &Cazamian, L - A History of English Literature, London, Macmillan, 2008.
  2. Sampson, George - The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature, CUP, 2009.
  3. Daiches, D – A Critical History of English Literature, 1960.
  4. Compton-Rickett, Arthur.A History of English Literature.
  5. Thornley, G C and Gwyneth Roberts. An Outline of English Literature, Pearson, 2011.