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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

American Literature & Culture

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


The purpose of this course is to sensitise a registrant to various aspects of an electronics product. Specifically onnon electrical aspects like mechanical design and detailing. Starting from a need translated into specifications, leading to design and prototyping and ending up in a manufacturable physical prototype.INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested Learners.PREREQUISITES: Familiarity with English/American literature.INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Colleges/universities.


Week 1 : Introduction to the course. Henry James. The Portrait of a Lady. Introduction to Henry James and his works Plot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 2 : -do-Week 3 : Theodore Dreiser. An American Tragedy.Plot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 4 : Eugene O’Neill. Desire under the Elms.Introduction to Eugene O’Neill and his worksPlot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 5 : American RomanticismEdgar Allan Poe. “Annabel Lee.”Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People.”Week 6 : Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also RisesPlot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 7 : Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence. Plot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 8 : Lillian Hellman. The Children’s HourPlot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 9 : Arthur Miller. A View from the Bridge.Plot/character/literary techniques/styleWeek 10 : Hart Crane. “To Brooklyn Bridge.”Pulp fictionScience fiction Counter CultureWeek 11 : Christopher Hitchens “Jewish Power, Jewish Peril.”Conclusion.

Taught by

Aysha Iqbal



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