To have a comprehensive understanding of the process of literary evolution and to identify the trends and movements in each period; to be acquainted with the major writers of each period and their major works.
Late Victorian Period.
General characteristics, major writers and their works.
Early Twentieth Century-World War I and its impact-features-writers-Modernism-Realism-War poets-Yeats,Conrad, Shaw, Lawrence.
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.
Post-War Period (after 1945).
Major trends and movements-Movement poets-Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Kingsley Amis, Graham Greene, George Orwell.
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.