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Course Outline Course Title: Modern Movements in the Arts Course Code: EN39 ... Lexical relations (synonymy, antonymy, hyponymy, homonymy, polysemy, m...

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Course Title: Modern Movements in the Arts Course Code: EN39 Semester: IV Nature of the course: Discipline/Optional Name/email of course co-ordinator: Juhi Rituparna ([email protected]) Course team: Juhi Rituparna Pre-requisites for the course: None

Course Outline: The course ‘Modern Movements in the Arts’ has been designed in keeping with AUD’s emphasis on inter-disciplinarity. Literature does not exist in isolation and has important linkages and overlaps with the visual and performance arts. The course ‘Modern Movements in the Arts’ will study some of the major movements that have taken place in visual arts (painting/sculpture) and performance (music/drama/cinema) in the mode in conjunction with the literature written during the time which clearly reflects the influence of these movements. The Arts and Literature have always responded to changes in the social and cultural milieu through movements which have often changed the direction that the disciplines have taken in their growth. Born out of contemporary events, changes or radical reactions by artists and writers, these movements may have not been long-lasting; however, their impact has often been intense enough to create ripples in world of art and literature. This course will look at some of these dominant movements in the arts and literature in the modern age through some representative texts and try to ascertain the influence and commonalities that run in the various forms.

Main modules: Impressionism Expressionism Cubism

Surrealism Postmodernism The Beat Movement Harlem Renaissance The Punk Movement

The various texts that will be discussed are: Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” (short story) Edvard Munch’s ‘The Cry’ (painting) Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ and other paintings Paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Salvador Dali and Walt Disney’s Destino (short animation film) ‘The Phantom of Liberty’ by Luis Buñuel (film) Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (novel) Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (poem) ‘This is the End’ by The Doors (song) Selections from W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes’s poetry Jazz pieces by Duke Ellington Andy Warhol’s ‘Soup Cans’ and other paintings ‘God Save the Queen’ by the Sex Pistols (song) and other Punk songs

Assessment weightage: Class Assignments 25%, Mid-Semester Test 20%, Presentation 25%, and End-Semester Test 30%. Note: The texts and modules can be subject to change.

COURSE OUTLINES FOR SEMESTER 4 STUDY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE (EN44) Course Co-ordinator: Monishita Hajra Pande ([email protected]) Course Code 44

This course aims at introducing the major concepts in the study of language. Students will be exposed to the major branches of linguistics which will then be applied to analyse the use of language. The course will familiarise learners with the basic concepts in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics and thereby enabling them to apply those concepts to look at data critically from English and other languages. Knowledge gained in these areas of linguistics will allow students to reflect on their own language use and understand the deeper, theoretical motivations behind the study of language. Students will be encouraged to understand the universals which govern languages and identify the specific differences which surface during language use. An introductory section on socio-linguistics will also be included in order to enable learners to understand the role of socio-economic and cultural factors in the use of language. The course has been structured in the following manner:

Part A:Introduction to linguistics Module I 

What is language and linguistics?

The scope of linguistics

Module 2:Phonetics and Phonology 

Phonetic transcription (I.P.A.)

Voiced and voiceless sounds

Place and manner of articulation

Phonemes and allophonic variations

Minimal pairs

Syllables (Consonant clusters)

Intonation and word stress

Module 3:Morphology and Syntax 

Morphemes and morphological descriptions

Morphs and allomorphs

Structural ambiguity, recursion

Module 4: Semantics 

Meaning, the semantic triangle

Semantic roles

Lexical relations (synonymy, antonymy, hyponymy, homonymy, polysemy, metonymy)


Part B: Introduction to Sociolinguistics 

Languages, dialects and varieties

Languages in contact (pidgin,creoles, lingua franca)

Speech community and its types, concept of standard and non-standard

Assessment structure 

In-class test: 20%

In-class and tutorial work sheets: 20%

Project work: 20%

Class participation:10%

End semester exam: 30%

In the project work learners will be expected to generate and transcribe data in their mother tongue or English and analyse it by applying the concepts that they would have learnt during the course. Secondary Reading Aitchison,J.(1987). Linguistics.U.K:Hodder and Stoughton. Carr,P.(2013).English phonetics and phonology(2 nd edition).U.K.:Wiley-blackwell. Fasold,R.

& Conner-Linton,J.(2006).


An introduction to

language and linguistics.

Gerorge,Y.(2010).The study of language(4th Edition).Cambridge:CUP. Gordon,W.T & Willmarth,S.(2008). Linguistics for beginners. For Beginners:LLC. Hudson,R.A.(1996). Sociolinguistics.Cambridge:CUP. Meyerhoff,M.(2006). Introducing sociolinguistics. London & New York:Routledge. Odden,D.(2005).Introducing phonology. Cambridge:CUP. Poldauf,I.(1984). English word stress. Oxford: Pergamon press. Rahman,T.(2010).A general introduction to linguistics. New Delhi:Orient Blackswan Sethi,J. & Dhamija,P.V.(2006).A course in phonetics and spoken English(2nd Edition).New Delhi:Prentice-Hall. Wardhaugh,R.(2006).An introduction to sociolinguistics. U.K.: Blackwell Publishers.

LITERATURES OF THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT Course Instructor Sanju Thomas ([email protected]) Course Code EN 27 Type of Course: Discipline (English) Cohort for which it compulsory: Not applicable Cohort for which it is elective: English and all other Majors No. of Credits: 04 Pre-requisites: None Literatures of the Indian Subcontinent Literatures of the Indian Subcontinent will be a survey course which will familiarize the students to the wide array of literature from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka. The course will use major social movements and prominent historical/political events as nodal points to discuss some major writers and themes. The discussions in the course will begin with literature written during India’s struggle for independence and move to discussions of literary texts written during the medieval and ancient periods and will culminate with literature that is being written during the contemporary period. The themes would cover political events like freedom struggle, partition, the national emergency of 1975; social movements like the peasant movement in the early 20th century, social reform movements, Bengal renaissance, and contemporary issues like gender and caste inequality, and environment. Reading List: Play:

Karnabharam by Bhasa


Kanthapura by Raja Rao (novel) A Parrot’s Tale by Tagore Deliverance by Premchand The Rightful Inheritors of Earth by Basheer Womenfolk by Kirit Dudhat Toba Tek Singh by Manto

A Beheading by Mohsin Hamid Poems

Sita by Toru Dutt “Yeh daag-daag ujala” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz It will not stop by Gaddar Postcard by Shamsur Rahman *Poem by Bimal Nibha; Again Snowfall by Jiwan Namdung *Bonsai God by Temsula Ao


Excerpt from Gulbadan Bhano Begum Excerpt from The Story of My Life by Senapati


Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru


Savitribai Phule

Graphic Novel


Assessment: End term 40% Mid semester 25% Presentation 15 % Class tests (2) 20% Presentation will be based on a list provided later. *Might change The reader will be available at the photocopy shop by 10 January, 2013