Course Introduction and Exam Strategy
This section serves as an introduction to the course and provides valuable insights into the features of this online course and effective exam strategies for studying this subject. Go through this section carefully to make the best of this course.

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Block 1: An Introduction
Embark on a journey through the vibrant world of literature and its accompanying critical perspectives. This module explores the evolution of Western critical thought, delves into significant developments of the twentieth century, and examines the purpose of criticism. You'll also discover the rich traditions of Indian aesthetics and engage with contemporary debates on the resistance to theory. This comprehensive overview is your gateway to understanding how we read, interpret, and appreciate literary texts.

Block 2: Classical Criticism
Dive into the foundations of Classical Criticism, exploring its defining features and the seminal thoughts of Plato and Aristotle on imitation and art. Understand Aristotle's nuanced Theory of Tragedy through a two-part exploration, revealing the intricacies of dramatic form and catharsis. Conclude with the role of criticism as a form of dialogue, a space where ancient wisdom interacts with contemporary understanding, shaping our appreciation of literature's timeless beauty.

Block 3: Romantic Criticism
Explore Romantic Criticism, where emotion and individualism reign supreme. Discover Romanticism's heart through Wordsworth's groundbreaking Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, delve into Coleridge's Biographia Literaria for a deep philosophical insight, and embrace P.B. Shelley's A Defence of Poetry as a manifesto celebrating the poet's role in society. This journey unveils the Romantic era's revolutionary views on art and creativity, emphasizing the power of imagination and the expression of the sublime.

Block 4: New Criticism
Delve into New Criticism, a movement prioritizing the text itself over historical or biographical contexts. Engage with the ideas of foundational figures like I.A. Richards, T.S. Eliot, and F.R. Leavis, alongside John Crowe Ransom and Cleanth Brooks' contributions. Discover W.K. Wimsatt's insights, culminating in a comprehensive understanding of New Criticism's focus on close reading, the intentional fallacy, and the intrinsic unity of literary works. This exploration highlights the autonomy of the text in literary analysis.

Block 5: Marxist View of Literature
Dive into the Marxist View of Literature, unraveling how literature reflects and challenges societal structures. Explore the interplay between society, history, and literature through a Marxist lens, examining how narratives can both mirror and critique societal superstructures. Delve into the debates on literature's commitment to social causes, its autonomy, and the role of ideology in shaping literary expression. This journey offers a critical framework for understanding the power dynamics embedded within literary works.

Block 6: Feminist Theories
Embark on a transformative exploration with Feminist Theories, uncovering the layers of feminist criticism and its pivotal texts. From Mary Wollstonecraft's foundational treatise to Virginia Woolf's iconic reflections, Simone de Beauvoir's groundbreaking analysis, and Elaine Showalter's critical perspective, each lesson weaves through the rich tapestry of feminist thought. Delve into the evolution of feminist concerns, to understand the enduring struggle for gender equality and the empowerment of women's voices in literature.

Block 7: Deconstruction
Venture into the realm of Deconstruction, where traditional literary texts unravel to reveal unseen layers of meaning. Starting from its roots in New Criticism and Structuralism, explore the methodology of beginning deconstruction, understanding its far-reaching implications. Through examining poetry and drama, discover the intricate play of words and structures that defy conventional interpretation. Conclude by reassessing deconstruction's impact on literary criticism, challenging the very notion of fixed meaning in the dynamic landscape of text analysis.

Block 8: Contemporary Literary Theory
Delve into the dynamic field of Contemporary Literary Theory, navigating through foundational issues to the cutting-edge discussions of today. Engage with the essentials of Postmodernism, the depths of Psychoanalytic Theory with Freud and Lacan, and the critical perspectives of Postcolonial Theory through Said, Spivak, and Bhabha. Explore the emergence of Cultural Studies and New Historicism, culminating in a comprehensive summing-up of literary criticism and theory's evolution.

Bonus Course Content
This section offers valuable resources to supplement your learning. Access the free Gyaniversity guide book, previous year question papers, and university textbooks. Test your knowledge with a mock test and complete an optional assignment which will be evaluated by our Explore the Bonus Course Content and unlock your full potential!

Welcome, learner! We’re delighted to have you join this course. Before we embark on this exciting journey together, let’s take a moment to understand the remarkable features of this course and how they will contribute to your success. You have the option to watch a video explaining these features, or if you prefer, you can read it below:

Course Introduction & Exam Strategy:

The introduction lesson sets the foundation for the course by providing an overview of the features and structure of this course. It helps students gain a clear understanding of what to expect throughout their learning journey, establishing a strong starting point for further exploration and comprehension.

Video Lessons & Quizzes:

Once you get acquainted with the course, we will dive straight into the core subjects and your syllabus, bringing the subjects to life with engaging animated videos. We believe in the power of testing your knowledge, and that’s why we offer interactive quizzes at the end of every section. These quizzes not only challenge your understanding but also generate different questions each time, ensuring a fresh and stimulating experience.

Our goal is to make your learning journey motivating, interesting, and simple to understand. Get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure of knowledge, where animated videos, additional course content, and interactive quizzes await you at every turn. Let’s dive in and unlock the potential within you!

Help From Teachers:

Our team of dedicated teachers is ready to assist you with any doubts or clarifications you may have. Whether you need further explanation on a particular concept or guidance on a challenging topic, we’ve got your back. To ensure a prompt response, our teachers strive to address your queries within 24-48 hours. We value the importance of clear communication, so when reaching out to us, please provide detailed information about your question or concern. This will enable our teachers to offer you a swift and effective response tailored to your needs.

Please keep in mind that our teachers specialize in syllabus-related topics. While we can’t assist with unrelated queries, we’re here to guide you through your academic journey, providing insights, explanations, and additional resources to enhance your understanding of the subjects.

Free Guide Book:

In your quest for success, we want to remind you of a valuable resource that comes at no additional cost: the guide book by Gyaniversity Publications. This comprehensive compilation is a treasure trove of previous year’s questions, providing not just the answers but also probability rankings. It’s an essential tool to help you understand the exam patterns, identify important topics, and fine-tune your preparation.

Accessing the guide book is simple. Just head to the attachments section, where you’ll find instructions on how to access it online. While printing or downloading the book is restricted due to copyright, we’ve made it convenient for you to explore it digitally.

If you prefer the feel of a physical book, you can order a hard copy by reaching out to your teacher or visiting We understand that different learners have different preferences, and we’re here to accommodate them. Ask our support team or your teacher for a 25% special discount on your hard copies if you have paid full price for this course.

Assignments & Mock Tests:

We believe in the power of practice and growth, which is why we offer you the opportunity to take your learning to the next level through optional assignments and mock tests. These exercises are designed to challenge and assess your understanding of the topics covered, allowing you to gauge your progress and identify areas that need improvement.

When you submit your assignments, our dedicated teachers will evaluate your work with care and provide valuable feedback. They are there to guide you, not only by pointing out areas for improvement but also by highlighting your strengths and offering suggestions to help you achieve the best marks possible. Their expertise and insights will empower you to refine your approach, address any mistakes, and elevate your performance.

Additional Resources:

In addition to the core course material, we encourage you to make the most of the additional resources available to you. These resources include the invaluable collection of previous year’s question papers and the original textbook provided by the university.

By utilizing these resources, you can enhance your learning experience and strengthen your grasp of the subjects. They provide valuable context, real-world examples, and additional practice opportunities that can help you excel academically.

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