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Literary Theory-2
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Literary Theory-2' is a course offered in Ninth 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 introduce contemporary literary theories through the seminal works of major theorists; To strengthen the theoretical awareness and sharpen the critical insights of the students for a better understanding of literary works.

Unit 1

Benjamin, Walter: “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”
Williams, Raymond: “Dominant, residual and Emergent
Eagleton, Terry. From “The Illusions of Postmodernism”.

Unit 2

Stuart Hall: “Encoding, Decoding”. 
Antonio Gramsci: “Hegemony”.

Unit 3

Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak “Can the Subaltern Speak?”. 
Benedict Anderson: “Imagined Communities”.

Unit 4

Luce Irigaray: “Sexual Difference”.
Etienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey: From “Literature as an Ideological Form”.

Unit 5

Laura Mulvey: “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”. 
Homi Bhabha: “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse”.

  1. David Lodge (ed.) Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. London: Longman, 1988.
  2. V.S. Sethuraman, (ed). Contemporary Criticism: An Anthology. New Delhi: Macmillan, 1989.
  3. Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture.UK: Routledge Classics, 2017.
  4. Philip Rice and Patricia Waugh. Modern Literary Theory: A Reader. London: Arnold, 2002. Pp. 247-251.
  5. Benjamin, Walter, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Illuminations. 1968. Ed. Hannah Arendt. Trans. Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken, 2007. 217-53. Print.
  6. Szeman, Imre and Timothy Kaposy. Ed. Cultural Theory: An Anthology. UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2011.
  7. Online sources.
  1. Adams, Hazar, Critical theory since Plato, New York: Wadsworth publishing Ltd, 1972. 
  2. Habib, M.A.R – Literary Criticism An Introduction: From Plato to the Present. London: Blackwell, 1980.
  3. Vincent B. Leitch (ed). The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. London: W.W. Norton & Co, 1991.
  4. Williams, Raymond. Writing in Society. New York: Verso, 1983.
  5. The Long Revolution. UK: Broadview Press, 2001.
  6. Selden, Raman. The Theory of Criticism: From Plato to the Present: A Reader. London: Routledge, 1988.
  7. Chatterjee Partha. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse. London: Zed, 1993. l- 35. Print.
  8. Ashcroft, Bill, et al., eds. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London and New York: Routledge, 1995. Print.
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  12. Connor, Steven. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.
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  16. Hall, Stuart. Identity: Community, Culture, Difference. Ed. Jonathan Rutherford. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1990. 222-37. Print.
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