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These all are the syllabus of BSC hons WITH ENGLISH Magadh university. They are as

Paper Titles 

1. Indian Classical Literature 
2. European Classical Literature 
3. Indian Writing in English 
4. British Poetry and Drama: 14th to 17th Centuries 
5. American Literature 
6. Popular Literature 
7. British Poetry and Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries 
8. British Literature: 18th Century 
9. British Romantic Literature 
10. British Literature: 19th Century 
11. Women’s Writing 
 12. British Literature: The Early 20th Century 
13. Modern European Drama 
14. Postcolonial Literatures 

 Discipline Centric Elective (Any four)
Paper Titles 

1. Modern Indian Writing in English Translation 
2. Literature of the Indian Diaspora 
3. British Literature: Post World War II 
 4. Nineteenth Century European Realism 
 5. Literary Theory 
 6. Literary Criticism 
 7. Science fiction and Detective Literature 
 8. Literature and Cinema 
 9. World Literatures 
 10. Partition Literature 
 11. Research Methodology 
 12. Travel writing 
 13. Autobiography

Generic Elective (Any four)
Paper Titles 

1. Academic Writing and Composition 
2. Media and Communication Skills 
3. Text and Performance 
4. Language and Linguistics 
5. Contemporary India: Women and Empowerment 
6. Gender and Human Rights* 
7. Language, Literature and Culture 

*Syllabus not received

 Ability Enhancement Course (Compulsory) 

Paper Titles 

1. Environmental Study* 
2. English/MIL Communication 
* Syllabi not received 

Ability Enhancement Elective Course (Any two) 

Paper Titles 
1. Film Studies * 
2. English Language Teaching 
3. Soft Skills 
4. Translation Studies 
5. Creative Writing 
6. Business Communication 
7. Technical Writing 
 *Syllabus not received


These are the prescribed book for MAGADH UNIVERSITY ENGLISH HONS:-

Paper 1: Indian Classical Literature 

1. Kalidasa Abhijnana Shakuntalam, tr. Chandra Rajan, in Kalidasa: The Loom of Time 
(New Delhi: Penguin, 1989). 
2. Vyasa ‘The Dicing’ and ‘The Sequel to Dicing, ‘The Book of the Assembly Hall’, ‘The 
Temptation of Karna’, Book V ‘The Book of Effort’, in The Mahabharata: tr. and ed. 
J.A.B. van Buitenen (Chicago: Brill, 1975) pp. 106–69. 
3. Sudraka Mrcchakatika, tr. M.M. Ramachandra Kale (New Delhi: Motilal 
Banarasidass, 1962). 
4. Ilango Adigal ‘The Book of Banci’, in Cilappatikaram: The Tale of an Anklet, tr. R. 
Parthasarathy (Delhi: Penguin, 2004) book 3. Suggested Topics and Background Prose Readings for Class Presentations 

Topics The Indian Epic Tradition: Themes and Recensions Classical Indian Drama: Theory and Practice Alankara and Rasa Dharma and the Heroic Readings 

1. Bharata, Natyashastra, tr. Manomohan Ghosh, vol. I, 2nd edn (Calcutta: 
Granthalaya, 1967) chap. 6: ‘Sentiments’, pp. 100–18. 
2. Iravati Karve, ‘Draupadi’, in Yuganta: The End of an Epoch (Hyderabad: Disha, 
1991) pp. 79–105. 
3. J.A.B. Van Buitenen, ‘Dharma and Moksa’, in Roy W. Perrett, ed., Indian 
Philosophy, vol. V, Theory of Value: A Collection of Readings (New York: Garland, 
2000) pp. 33–40. 
4. Vinay Dharwadkar, ‘Orientalism and the Study of Indian Literature’, in Orientalism 
and the Postcolonial Predicament: Perspectives on South Asia, ed. Carol A. 
Breckenridge and Peter van der Veer (New Delhi: OUP, 1994) pp. 158–95.

Paper 2: European Classical Literature 
1. Homer The Iliad, tr. E.V. Rieu (Harmondsworth: Penguin,1985). 
2. Sophocles Oedipus the King, tr. Robert Fagles in Sophocles: The Three Theban 
Plays (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984). 
3. Plautus Pot of Gold, tr. E.F. Watling (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965). 
4. Ovid Selections from Metamorphoses ‘Bacchus’, (Book III), ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ 
(Book IV), ‘Philomela’ (Book VI), tr. Mary M. Innes (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975). 
Horace Satires I: 4, in Horace: Satires and Epistles and Persius: Satires, tr. Niall 
Rudd (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2005). 

Suggested Topics and Background Prose Readings for Class Presentations 
The Epic 
Comedy and Tragedy in Classical Drama 
The Athenian City State 
Catharsis and Mimesis 
Literary Cultures in Augustan Rome 
1. Aristotle, Poetics, translated with an introduction and notes by Malcolm Heath, 
(London: Penguin, 1996) chaps. 6–17, 23, 24, and 26. 
2. Plato, The Republic, Book X, tr. Desmond Lee (London: Penguin, 2007). 
3. Horace, Ars Poetica, tr. H. Rushton Fairclough, Horace: Satires, Epistles and Ars 
Poetica (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005) pp. 451–73. 
Paper 3: Indian Writing in English 
1. R.K. Narayan Swami and Friends 
2. Anita Desai In Custody 
3. H.L.V. Derozio ‘Freedom to the Slave’ 
‘The Orphan Girl’ 
Kamala Das ‘Introduction’ 
‘My Grandmother’s House’ 
Nissim Ezekiel ‘Enterprise’ 
‘The Night of the Scorpion’ 
Robin S. Ngangom The Strange Affair of Robin S. Ngangom’ 
‘A Poem for Mother’

4. Mulk Raj Anand ‘Two Lady Rams’ 
Salman Rushdie ‘The Free Radio’ 
Rohinton Mistry ‘Swimming Lesson’ 
 Shashi Despande ‘The Intrusion’ 
Suggested Topics and Background Prose Readings for Class Presentations 
Indian English 
Indian English Literature and its Readership 
Themes and Contexts of the Indian English Novel 
The Aesthetics of Indian English Poetry 
Modernism in Indian English Literature 
1. Raja Rao, Foreword to Kanthapura (New Delhi: OUP, 1989) pp. v–vi. 
2. Salman Rushdie, ‘Commonwealth Literature does not exist’, in Imaginary 
Homelands (London: Granta Books, 1991) pp. 61–70. 
3. Meenakshi Mukherjee, ‘Divided by a Common Language’, in The Perishable Empire 
(New Delhi: OUP, 2000) pp.187–203. 
4. Bruce King, ‘Introduction’, in Modern Indian Poetry in English (New Delhi: OUP, 2nd 
edn, 2005) pp. 1–10. 
Paper 4: British Poetry and Drama: 14th to 17th Centuries 
1. Geoffrey Chaucer The Wife of Bath’s Prologue 
Edmund Spenser Selections from Amoretti: 
Sonnet LXVII ‘Like as a huntsman...’ 
Sonnet LVII ‘Sweet warrior...’ 
Sonnet LXXV ‘One day I wrote her name...’ 
John Donne ‘The Sunne Rising’ 
‘Batter My Heart’ 
‘Valediction: forbidding mourning’ 
2. Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus 
3. William Shakespeare Macbeth
4. William Shakespeare Twelfth Night

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