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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Gender and literature

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


Gender and Literature is an examination of selected literary texts and cultural conditions from the standpoint of gender theory. It will draw on established scholarship on gender studies and take the student through the various configurations and reconfiguration that determine gendered classifications such as masculinity and femininity.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students of English and Cultural Studies




Week 1: Introduction to Gender Studies in Literature and 'The Chess Players' by Munshi PremchandWeek 2: 'The Chess Players’ and 'Shooting an Elephant' by George Orwell Week 3: Heart of Darkness by Joseph ConradWeek 4: 'The Fly' by Katherine MansfieldWeek 5-6: Look Back in Anger by John OsborneWeek 7-8: Gender, Films, and Advertisements

Taught by

Prof. Avishek Parui

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