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Sunday, August 17, 2008

End-Semster Model Question Paper - V Semester Optional English - OEN 531 Literary Theory and Criticism


End-semester Examination - October 2008

Course: BA Time: 3 hours
Subject: Optional English Max Marks: 100 Paper: OEN 531 - Literary Theory and Criticism

Section A
I. Answer in not more than 200 words. 10x4=40

1. What is literature according to Eagleton?
2. “No poet, no artist of any art has his complete meaning alone.” – TS Eliot. Discuss the efficacy of the historical-biographical approach in the light of the statement.
3. Criticism should dissociate art from mystery and concern itself with how literary texts actually worked. How does this statement reflect formalist concerns?
4. What are the two major contributions of Saussure to Structuralism according to Rivkin and Ryan?
5. How did Derrida’s concept of “difference” challenge the central assumptions of Plato’s metaphysics?
6. Explain the three parts of the mind as proposed by Freud.
7. What is the contribution of French feminists to feminism?

Section B
II. Answer in not more than 350 words. 15X4=60
1. How does Eagleton challenge the ideas of literature upheld by various schools of thought?
2. Critique the central assumptions in the essay ‘Are Poems Historical Acts’?

3. Attempt a formalist critique of the following text.

After his Death

It turned out
that the bombs he had thrown
raised buildings;

that the acid he had sprayed
had painfully opened
the eyes of the blind.

Fishermen hauled
prizewinning fish
from the water he had polluted.

We sat with astonishment
enjoying the shade
of the vicious words he had planted.

The government decreed that
on the anniversary of his birth
the people should observe
two minutes pandemonium.

- Norman MacCaig

4. How does Levi-Strauss attempt a structuralist reading of Oedipus the King?

5. What principles of poststructuralism does Hillis Miller draw upon in his reading of “A Slumber did my Spirit Seal”?

6. Attempt a psychoanalytic criticism of the following poem.

A slumber did my spirit seal;

I had no human fears:

She seemed a thing that could not feel

The touch of earthly years.

No motion has she now, no force;

She neither hears nor sees;

Rolled round in earth's diurnal course,

With rocks, and stones, and trees.

- William Wordsworth

7. Attempt a feminist critique of the following text.


Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;

Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see

A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour

With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour

Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast

Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

D.H. Lawrence



Nilisha Mohapatra, III PSEng said...

Hi Mr. Pinto.
I just wanted to know that while attemptin a feminist critique to a poem,for example the one you have put on your sample question paper,what exactly would the examiner be looking for in the answer?

Anil Pinto said...

The examiner would look for your ability to read a poem from the feminist frameworks. More on this it would be better if you could direct it to the teachers who taught it.