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Course Name Literary Theory-2
Course Code 18ELL601
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester IX
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

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”.


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.

Core Reading

  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.
  9. Brooker, Peter, ed. Modernism/Postmodernism. 1992. London: Routledge, 2014. Print.
  10. Brydon, Diana, ed. Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. 5 vols. London: Routledge, 2000. Print.
  11. Brannigan, John. New Historicism and Cultural Materialism. New York: St. Martin’s P, 1998. Print.
  12. Connor, Steven. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.
  13. Eco, Umberto. Travels in Hyperreality. 1986. Trans. William Weaver. London: Picador, 1987. Print.
  14. Foucault, Michel. “Two Lectures.” Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972-1977. Ed. Colin Gordon. New York: Pantheon, 1980. Web.
  15. Gramsci, Antonio. Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci. Ed. and Trans. Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1971. 52-55. Print.
  16. Hall, Stuart. Identity: Community, Culture, Difference. Ed. Jonathan Rutherford. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1990. 222-37. Print.
  17. Harris, Marvin. Cultural Materialism: The Struggle for a Science of Culture. New York: Random House, 1979. Print.
  18. Lucy, Niall, ed. Postmodern Literary Theory: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000. Print.
  19. Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. London: Chatto & Windus, 1993. Print.
  20. Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. Ed. Chandra Talpade Mohanty et al. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1991. 51-80. Print.

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