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Sunday, March 29, 2009

British Literature: Late Victorian to Present - Question paper pattern

Section A
Answer any 5 of the following: (5x5=25)
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Section B
Answer any 3 of the following in 250-300 words. (3x10=30)
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Section C
Answer any 3 of the following in 350-400 words (3x15=45)
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14 comments:

Vani said...

:'(
plz tell us the paper is going to be easy!

Anonymous said...

thank you, my dear sir.

Anil Pinto said...

Ok, all. The paper is going to be easy. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir!! Do you think you would be able to give us a few model questions??

Anil Pinto said...

not sure. if time permits, later at night, will for sure.

Vani said...

Sir, I think I asked you this earlier...
like Hard Times is a criticism of Utilitarianism, Education and Industrializaation...what are the other themes we should study for the remaining novels?

Anonymous said...

What's Beat Poetry?

Anonymous said...

What is romanticism and war? its a theme in arms and the man..
can u plz give some of the important questions.. plz don b partial wid the 2nd n the 3rd yrs.. help us also...!

Anil Pinto said...

This is what i found in one of the sites. You can also look up on wiki. Has a good write up.

"Beat poetry evolved during the 1940s in both New York City and on the west coast, although San Francisco became the heart of the movement in the early 1950s. The end of World War II left poets like Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso questioning mainstream politics and culture. These poets would become known as the Beat generation, a group of writers interested in changing consciousness and defying conventional writing. The Beats were also closely intertwined with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance movement, such as Kenneth Rexroth and Robert Duncan.

The battle against social conformity and literary tradition was central to the work of the Beats. Among this group of poets, hallucinogenic drugs were used to achieve higher consciousness, as was meditation and Eastern religion. Buddhism especially was important to many of the Beat poets; Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg both intensely studied this religion and it figured into much of their work.

Allen Ginsberg's first book, Howl and Other Poems, is often considered representative of the Beat poets. In 1956 Lawrence Ferlinghetti's press City Lights published Howl and Ferlinghetti was brought to trial the next year on charges of obscenity. In a hugely publicized case, the judge ruled that Howl was not obscene and brought national attention to Ginsberg and the Beat poets.

Besides publishing the Pocket Poets Series, Ferlinghetti also founded the legendary San Francisco bookstore City Lights. Still in operation today, City Lights is an important landmark of Beat generation history. Several of the surrounding streets have been renamed after Beat poets as well, commemorating their important contribution to the cultural landscape of San Francisco.

Other Beat poets included Diane di Prima, Neal Cassady, Anne Waldman and Michael McClure. Although William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac are often best remembered for works of fiction such as Naked Lunch and On the Road, respectively, they also wrote poetry and were very much part of the Beats as well; Kerouac is said to have coined the term "Beat generation," describing the down-and-out status of himself and his peers during the post-war years."

Anil Pinto said...

What are the other novels, Vani. Can't remember!

Anil Pinto said...

Honestly!

Anil Pinto said...

Dear Anonymous, I do not think romanticism and war is a theme. But romantic notion of war is a theme in the play. Raina represents the romantic notion of war. She has a rosy picture of war and has no idea of a brutal war that is nothing but a killing machine full of treachery, and human misery. In the play Raina gradually realizes the false idea of war she had through Bluntschli, who has seen war, unlike Sergius Saranof.

As an after thought I must say most of us share a romantic idea of war, without having any idea of the misery that it brings.

In a way Arms and the Man is an anti-war play.

Anil Pinto said...

Well, truly, I do not know what important questions are. But will try to give some model questions. May be tomorrow...

Vani said...

Lol sir...:)
the novels are Hard Times, Animal Farm,A Room of One's Own and the plays are Look Back in Anger, The Importnce of being Earnest and Arms and the Man...
what are the major themes to be studied in these?