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Course Name Literary Theory-1
Course Code 18ELL511
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VIII
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1


Saussure “Object of Study”.
M A K Halliday “Language in a Changing World”.

Unit 2


Shklovsky “Art as Technique
Jakobson “Linguistics and Poetics

Unit 3

Structuralism/Post Structuralism

Gennette “Structuralism and Literary Criticism
Derrida “Structure, Sign and Play
Barthes “Death of the Author

Unit 4

Gender Studies

Adrienne Rich: “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian existence
Judith Butler: From “Bodies That Matter

Unit 5

Cultural Studies

Raymond Williams “Culture is Ordinary
Theodore Adorno: From “On Lyric Poetry and Society
Berger, John. “Ways of Seeing


To familiarize students with the evolution of modern literary theory by introducing seminal texts; to enable them to read literary works critically and to enhance critical sensibility.

Core Reading

  1. Lodge, David (Ed.). Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. London: Longman, 1972.
  2. Rice, Philip and Patricia Waugh. Eds. Modern Literary Theory: A Reader. Hodder Education, 2001.
  3. Halliday, M A K. “Language in a Changing World” in On Language and Linguistics. Ed. Jonathan Webster. Vol.3. NY: Continuum, 2003.
  4. Berger, John. Section 1. “Ways of Seeing”. London: BBC and Penguin, 1972. 7-33. Web.


  1. Szeman,Imre, Timothy Kaposy. Cultural Theory: An Anthology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  2. Daiches, David, Critical Approaches to Literature
  3. Wimsatt and Brooks. A Short History of English Criticism.Chicago: Univresity of Chicago, 1983.
  4. Adorno, Theodor W. The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. Ed. and Intro. J. M. Bernstein. London: Routledge. 1991. Print.
  5. Appadurai, Arjun, ed. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. 1986. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003. Print.
  6. Bakhtin, Mikhail. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. 1981. Ed. Michael Holquist. Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin: U of Texas P, 1982. Print.
  7. Belsey, Catherine. Critical Practice. 1980. New York: Routledge, 2002. Print
  8. Berman, Russell. A. Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1989. Print.
  9. Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. 1994. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print
  10. Boyd-Barrett, O. “Mass Communication in Cross-cultural Contexts: The Case of the Third World.” Mass Communication and Society. 1977. Eds. J. Curran, M. Gurevitch and J. Woollacott. Milton Keynes: Open UP, 1982. Print.
  11. Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. London: Routledge, 1992. Print.
  12. Calhoun, Craig, ed. Habermas and the Public Sphere. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT P, 1992. Print.
  13. Chatterjee, Partha. The Nation and its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1993. Print.
  14. Collins, Jim. Uncommon Cultures: Popular Culture and Post-modernism. New York: Routledge, 1989. Print.
  15. Connor, Steven. Postmodern Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989. Print.
  16. Cruikshank, Margaret, ed. Lesbian Studies: Present and Future. New York: The Feminist P, 1982. Print.
  17. Davies, Ioan. Cultural Studies and Beyond: Fragments of Empire. London: Routledge. 1995. Print.
  18. During, Simon, ed. The Cultural Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 1999. Print.
  19. Ellis, John. Visible Fictions: Cinema, Television, Video. London: Routledge, 1982. Print.
  20. Friedman, Jonathan. Cultural Identity and Global Process. London: Sage. 1994. Print.
  21. Gibian, Peter, ed. Mass Culture and Everyday Life. London: Routledge. 1997. Print.
  22. Goldberg, David Theo, ed. Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader. Oxford: Blackwell. 1994. Print
  23. Hall, Donald E. Queer Theories. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. Print.
  24. Hall, Stuart. “Culture, the Media and the Ideological Effect.” Mass Communication and Society. Ed. John Curran. London: Edward Arnold, 1977. 315-48. Print.
  25. Kellner, Douglas. Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics between the Modern and the Post-modern. New York: Routledge, 1995. Print.
  26. Lloyd, David and Paul Thomas, eds. Culture and the State. New York: Routledge, 1998. Print.
  27. Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Epistemology of the Closet. Berkeley and Los Angeles: U of California P, 1990. Print.
  28. Storey, John, ed. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader. 1994. 3rd ed. London: Pearson, 2006. Print.
  29. Viswanathan, Gauri. “Raymond Williams and British Colonialism.” Yale Journal of Criticism 4.2 (1991): 47-66. Print.
  30. Villarejo, Amy. Film Studies: The Basics. Madison: Routledge, 2007.

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