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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Course Plan V sem Optional English - FEP and PSEng

Department of Media Studies

Christ College (Autonomous), Bangalore

V Semester FEP, JPEng, PSEng

Literary Theory and Criticism

Course Plan 2007

Name of the Teacher : Anil Pinto

Total No of hours (approx) : 37

Subject : Optional English

Papers : Literary Theory and Criticism, and Indian Literatures in Translation



No of Hours



Literature a critique

June 06 – July 12



Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan : ‘The Implied Order: Structuralism’

Gerard Genette : ‘Structuralism and Literary Criticism’

Claude Levi-Strauss: ‘On Structuralist Approach to Levi-Strauss’


July 14- Aug 2



Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan : ‘Introductory Deconstruction’

Paul de Man : ‘Semiology and Rhetoric’

J. Hillis Miller : ‘On a Post-structuralist Approach to Wordsworth’s a “Slumber Did my Spirit Seal”’


Aug 4 - Aug 30



William Vesterman : ‘A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Criticism’

Earnest Jones ‘Hamlet and Psychoanalysis’

Geoffrey Hartman : ‘A Psychoanalytic Approach to “A Slumber did my Spirit Seal”’


Sept 1- Sept 13


Introduction to Indian Poetics


Sept 15 – Sept 25



Last week of Sept


The classes will follow lecture method. The lectures may draw upon visual material namely painting, films, advertisement and literary works. The lectures will not limit themselves to any particular discipline but rather explore ways of meaning making at the intersection of various disciplines. There will also be scope for student presentations.

Continuous Internal Assessment

Guidelines for Submission in case of written assignments:

· The written assignment should be based on your field research. The typed assignment should adhere to the following specifications: A4 size paper, 12 font size, 11/2 line space, font: Times New Roman, Book Antiqua, or Garamond

· Assignment details - your name, reg. no, class, semester, assignment code, name of the College, name of the teacher in-charge and date of submission- should be mentioned on the top right-hand side of the first page. Do not use a cover page.

· You are free to take the assignment beyond the expected criteria. Such efforts will be appreciated

· Those who are going to be out of town can submit the assignment online

· No late submission is entertained

· Plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in rejection of assignment

· Remember to give reference at the end of your assignment of the books, articles, websites, and films that you have referred to. The following pattern may be followed: Author’s name with the last name first, a period, name of the book italicised, a period, Place of Publication, colon, name of publication, year of publication, page no

o E.g.: Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand, My Experiments with Truth, New Delhi: Penguin, 1998.

o In case of a website give the complete URL of the site referred to along with the above details

o If you are directly lifting some lines quote them. If you are using some idea write it in your words but acknowledge it

For further information on bibliography writing please refer to MLA Handbook – Sixth Edition.


Ø Attendance is compulsory for all the sessions.

Ø Please be punctual. If you are late, you will not be allowed to attend the class. However, should there be any serious issue, do discuss with me or bring to my notice through the counsellors.

Ø I expect you to come to class having read the required essays. Failing to which you will not allowed to attend the classes.

Ø Please feel free to clarify your doubts, ask questions or give feedback in the class, department or through email.

Ø While emailing please mention your name, class and batch.

Ø If you are absent for any of the classes please get the help of your classmates to get updated, before you approach me for help.

Ø If you wish to make classroom presentation on any topic or idea within the framework of the syllabus, you will be given encouragement and guidance.

Ø Visit my blog for notices and announcements regularly

Ø I reply to emails within 24 hours. If you do not receive reply within that time, you may assume that I have not received your email.

Ø As far as possible avoid calling me on my mobile phone.

Ø I am available in the department for any meeting or discussion between 8.30 and 9 am only. If you come at other times there is a brown book on my table in which you could leave me messages.

Ø All the best. Let us grow together.

Anil Pinto



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