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Course Name Methodology of Literary Studies and Humanities
Course Code 18ELL311
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VI
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Literary studies and humanities-differences between natural, social and human sciencesfacts and interpretation-cannon formation.

Unit 2

Literary analysis-approaches-Formalism-New Criticism-Close Reading Structuralism – Post Structuralism – Deconstruction-Reader-Response Psychoanalysis.

Unit 3

Problems and issues in literature-marginalisation-identity and representation-feminism-gender and sexuality-ethnicity-orality-subalternity.

Unit 4

Literary scholarship-linguistics-textual criticismliterary history-literary criticism.

Unit 5

Contemporary approaches to literary studies – Culture Studies and Cultural Studies – Popular Culture-New Historicism/Cultural Materialism-Post Modernism-Post Colonialism-Ecocriticism Ecofeminism.


To introduce students to the basic methodology of literary studies and Humanities.

Core Reading

  1. Thorpe, James. Ed. The Aims and Methods of Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures. Toronto: PMLA, 1970.
  2. Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. Delhi: Viva Books, 2008.
  3. Kundu, Abhijit. The Humanities: Methodology and Perspectives. New Delhi: Pearson Education, 2009.
  4. Seldon, Raman, et al. A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory. New Delhi: Pearson Education, 2005.
  5. Guerin, Wilfred L, et al. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature. New Delhi: OUP, 2009.
  6. Widdowson, Peter. Literature. Psychology Press, 1999.
  7. Abrams, M. H, Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. Cengage Learning India Private Limited, 2015.


  1. Eagleton, Terry. “What is Literature?”.
  2. Xavier, Robin. The Methodology of Literature. Chennai: Mainspring Publishers, 2015.
  3. Coupe, Laurence. Ed. The Green Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 2000.
  4. Dollimore, Jonathan and Alan Sinfield. Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism. Manchester: MUP, 1985.
  5. Macherey, Pierre. A Theory of Literary Production. Tr. Geoffrey Wall. London: Routledge, 1978.
  6. Williams, Raymond. Culture and Society . London: Fontana, 1957.
  7. Waugh, Patricia. Ed. Literary Theory and Criticism : An oxford Guide. New Delhi: OUP, 2006.
  8. Brooker, Peter. A Glossary of Cultural Theory. London: Arnold, 2003.

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