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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

History of English Language and Literature

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


This course is a chronological survey of the major forces and voices that have contributed to the development of an English literary tradition. It intends to cover the literary ground from the Old English Period till the mid twentieth century focusing on the emergence, evolution and progress of English language and literature through different ages and periods. The course will showcase major literary moments, movements and events in the context of the social, political. religious and economic changes that shaped England and its history from the 5th century BC on wards. The objective of the course is to enable a critical understanding of the intellectual history of England and to equip the learners to analyse literary products within particular socio-historical contexts.INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested LearnersPRE-REQUISITES:No formal pre-requisites.However, a familiarity with and an interest in English literary studies would be much appreciated.Industry that will recognize this course.The course is best suited for the academic fraternity.


Week 1: Introduction and Old English PeriodWeek 2: Middle English Period and RenaissanceWeek 3: English Renaissance and Elizabethan PeriodWeek 4: The Age of ShakespeareWeek 5: The Restoration Age to EnlightenmentWeek 6: Augustan AgeWeek 7: The Romantic AgeWeek 8: The Age of Wordsworth and Romantic poetryWeek 9: The Victorian AgeWeek 10: The Rise of the NovelWeek 11: The Age of ModernismWeek 12: The Age of Postmodernism

Taught by

Prof. Merin Simi Raj


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