Course Title: 
History of English Literature: Late Victorian to the Modern
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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 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.

Unit 1

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

Unit 2

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

Unit 3

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 4

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

Unit 5

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.