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Course Name History of English Literature: Late Victorian to the Modern
Course Code 18ELL201
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester III
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

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.


To make them familiar with lndian ethos and its variety as expressed in the major genres of early Indian writing in English.

Core Reading

  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.

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