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optional english +2 syllabus
OPTIONAL ENGLISH Syllabus course comprises three components for the integrative study of language and literature. i.e. Integrated language and literary studies, History of English Literature, and Extensive Reading.


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Full marks: l00
Teaching hours: 150
I.         Introduction
OPTIONAL ENGLISH Syllabus course comprises three components for the integrative study of language and literature.
a.   Integrated language and literary studies
b.  History of English Literature
c.   Extensive Reading
II.      General Objectives
The general objectives of the OPTIONAL ENGLISH Syllabus course are:
a.   to improve and develop students’ understanding and use of English through the reading and discussion of literary texts,
b.  to awaken students’ appreciative and critical faculties.
c.   to introduce a chronological survey of English Literature, and
d.  to read for the pleasures of reading.
III.  Specific Objectives
OPTIONAL ENGLISH Syllabus course is focused on the following specific objectives:
1.     to give an exposure to the integrated language and literature activities by providing examples of the texts covering different genres of writing so that at the end of the course, students should be able to identify the textual features of the literary and non- literary texts, and produce their own writings on various literary and non-literary topics.
2.     to provide students a general survey of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon to the present highlighting major periods, authors as well as outstanding works of English literature, and

3.     to introduce students to different literary genres of multicultural nature-prose, poetry and drama-so that they could experience the pleasures of reading well written texts, as well as acquire some practice in criticism /appreciation.
IV.   Course Contents
Unit l: Introducing the prose and dramatic genres: FAMILY
Unit2: Reading and appreciation of contemporary topics in contemporary prose: ENVIRONMENT
Unit 3: Expressing feelings and concepts in non-literary and poetic writings: WAR
Unit4: Introducing producing contemporary prose written about gender studies: WOMEN
Unit5: Introducing literary and non-literary writing about law and authority: AUTHORITY Unit6: Introducing literary response to the contemporary Icons and Images: INDIFFERENCE.
Unit 7: Introducing literary response to power and violence: REBELLION
Unit8: Introducing writing about ideals and faith: IDEALS
Unit9: Introducing more examples of literary discourse: AMBITIONS
Unit 10: Introducing the conveyance ofmem1ing through textual structure: MEANING

Unit l: Old English to English Renaissance

  growth of English language and literature 
• the anglo-Saxons: poetry, prose, chronicles 
•the age of Chaucer: early heroic and narrative poetry 
•English Renaissance
•the golden age of lyrical poetry
  Elizabethan drama: the role of William Shakespeare

Unit 2: The Age of Intellect and Rebellion

•Jacobean poetry and drama: Metaphysical and Cavalier Poets 
•Milton and the English epic: Paradise Lost 
•Puritanism and religious awakening 
•Bunyan and English pamphleteers
•Restoration drama and prose

Unit 3: Augustan interlude

•the age of Reason: the beginning of English criticism 
•the growth of English satire: Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift 
•the age of magazines, coffee houses and essays 
•Boswell and literary biography 
•dawn of English fiction: Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Steme, and Radcliffe

Unit 4: The Romantic Poetry and Realistic Fiction

•the poetic tradition heralded by the Lyrical Ballads 
• Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron and Romantic achievements 
•Realism, Romance and English fiction: Austen, Mary Shelley, Scott, Evans 
•the Victorian novels: Dickens, Thackeray, Bronte Sisters, Trollope, Collins, George Eliot, Meredith, and Thomas Hardy 
•the Victorian poetry: Tennyson, Arnold Browning, Rossetti. Swinburne

Unit 5: English  Literature of the 20th Century

•the modern voice in Poetry: Hardy, Hopkins, Yeats and EliotAuden, Lewis 
•English war poetry: Owen, Sassoon, Brooke, Rosenberg 
•postwar poetry: Dylan Thomas, R.S. Thomas, Stevie Smith, Heaney, Larkin 
•20th century fiction: Lawrence, Forster, Woolf, Conrad Orwell, Waugh,
Golding, Mangham, Greene •20th century drama: Shaw, O’Casey, Galsworthy, Wesker, Beckett. Pinter, Osbome
Unit 6- Selected literary terms
Unit 1- Essays
•Bruce Dollar. “Child Care in China” 
•Christy Brown. “The Letter A”
•Clifford Geertz. “Of Cocks and Men” 
•Vaclav Havel. ‘”The Velvet Hangover” 
•Jamaica Kincaid. “A Small Place”
Unit 2: Stories
•Nicholas Mohr. “A Very Special Pet”
•Natsume Soseki. “I Am A Cat”
•Catherine Lim. “Paper”
•Josef Skyvorecky. “An Insolvable Problem of Genetics.” 
•Slavomir Mrozak. ‘The Elephant”
•John Collier. “Wet Saturday”
Unit 3: Poems
•e.e.cummings. ‘”Buffalo Bill’s”
*W. Shakespem·e. “When Icicles Hang By the Wall”
•Langston Hughes. ‘”Dream Variations”
Richard Snyder. ‘”A Mongoloid Child Handling Shells on the Beach” 
•Robert Bums.'” My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose”

Unit 4: Plays
•Rosalind Valianc, “Pandora’s Box”* Val Gielgud. “‘ Friday Morning”
V. Prescribed Texts
1.   McRae, John and Roy Boardman. Reading Between the Lines. Cambridge: G.U.P. 1984.
2.   Mosaic: Readings in the Genres. Kathmandu. 1996
3.   Thornely, G. C. and G. Roberts. An Outline History of English Literature. London. Longman. 1989.
VII. Reference Books
1.   Carter, Ronald, and M.N.Long. The Web of Words. Cambridge: C. U. P. 1987 2. Drabble, Margaret. Oxford Companion of English Literature. Oxford: O.U.P. 1985.
3.            ELT Journal, NELTA, Kathmandu.
4.            McRae, John and Roy. Boardman. Reading Between the Lines (Teacher’s Book and cassettes). Cambridge: C.U.P. 1984.
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