CSS English Literature Syllabus [100 Marks]

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CSS English Literature Syllabus [100 Marks]


The paper is divided into six components along with the marks allocation for each component.

I. Essays: (10 Marks)

.Bertrand Russell (The Conquest of Happiness)
• George Orwell (Politics and the English Language; The Prevention of Literature)
• Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Transcendentalist; Self-reliance)

II. Short Stories: (10 Marks)

• Somerset Maugham (The Lotus-eater)
• G.K.Chesterton (A Somewhat Improbable Story)
• O’Henry (The Gift of the Magi)

III. Poetry: (20 marks)

• William Wordsworth (Resolution Independence; Tintern Abbey)
• John Keats (Ode to a Nightingale; Ode to Autumn)
• Lord Alfred Tennyson (Ulysses; The Lady of Shalott)
• Yeats (A Dialogue of Self and Soul; The Second Coming)
• Eliot (The Wasteland; Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)
• Philip Larkin (Maturity; Continuing to Live; The Trees)
• Wallace Stevens (A postcard from the volcano; Continual conversation with a silent man; Dry loaf)
OR Walt Whitman
(As I ponder’d in silence; Are you the new person drawn toward me?; This moment yearning and thoughtful)

IV. Drama: (20 marks)

• Shakespeare (Hamlet; King Lear, As you like it and Twelfth Night)
• William Congreve (The Way of the World)
• Shaw (Pygmalion; Heartbreak House )
• Harold Pinter (The Caretaker)
• Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot)
• Eugene O’Neill (Long Day’s Journey into Night)

V. Novels: (20 marks)

• Thomas Hardy (Far from the Madding Crowd)
• D.H. Lawrence (Sons and Lovers)
• George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-four)
• James Joyce (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)
• Iris Murdoch (Under the Net)
• Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter) or William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury)

VI. Literacy Theory & Criticism (20 Marks)

• Structuralism
• Marxism
• Deconstructionism
• Psychoanalytic criticism
• Feminist criticism
• Postcolonial Criticism