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History of English Literature

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History of English Literature Suggestion for 2nd Year Students 

 

Part A: Brief Questions                                                           (1×10=10)

[Go through the reference books as intensively as possible putting special emphasis on the renowned authors and their great works]

 

History of English Literature Suggestion

History of English Literature Suggestion

 

 

Part B: Short Questions                                                             (5×4=20)

 

[Go through the reference books as intensively as possible putting special emphasis on the renowned authors and their great works]

 

Part B: Short Questions                                                                                          (5×4=20)

 

AngloSaxon Period:

  1. The predecessors of English people
  2. Why is “Beowulf” a landmark in the history of English literature?*****
  3. What do you know about Beowulf? 16s
  4. What is Anglo-Saxon chronicle?*******
  5. Who was Alfred the Great?****
  6. Discuss the features of Anglo-Saxon poetry.***
  7. Discuss the effects  of the Norman

Conquest on English literature.***

 

 

The Age of Chaucer:

  1. Mystery Plays**
  2. Miracle Plays**
  3. Morality Plays**
  4. Interludes*
  5. What is romance?

 

 

 

Elizabethan Age

  1. Sonnets and its classification**
  2. Romance.**
  3. Blank Verse**
  4. The University Wits********
  5. Shakespearean Tragedy****
  6. Shakespearean Comedy***
  7. History Plays*
  8. Christopher Marlowe**
  9. Edmund Spenser**
  10. Thomas kyd*
  11. Works of William Shakespeare *****
  1. What are the features of romance?****
  2. Consider “Everyman” as a morality play.
  3. Consider “Pier’s the plowman” as a picture of contemporary .
  4. “Prologue to Canterbury Tales”******
  5. Black Death*******
  6. Hundred Years War*******

 

 

Renaissance and Reformation

  1. Renaissance***1453***
  2. English Renaissance. 16s
  3. Humanism***
  4. Classicism***
  5. The Reformation Movement***16s
  6. Wycliff’s contribution to reformation movement.
  7. Sir Thomas More

 

 

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  1. Why is Bacon’s prose style significant? 16s

 

 

 

Jacobean Age

  1. Puritanism***
  2. The effects of Puritanism on English literature.
  3. Ben Johnson**
  4. Metaphysical Poets***
  5. Metaphysical Poetry****
  6. Cavalier Poetry**
  7. John Donne***
  8. The authorized version of the bible.***

 

  1. Paradise Lost*******
  2. John Milton
  3. In what sense is John Milton a ‘Classicist’?

s15

  1. Causes of the rise of Puritan Age. s15

 

The Restoration Age

  1. Characteristics of restoration poetry
  2. Satire***
  3. Causes of rise of satire during the

Restoration age. S15***

  1. Heroic Couplet***
  2. The comedy of humour***
  3. The Comedy of manners*******
  4. Andrew Marvel**

 

 

The Neoclassical Age

  1. Neo-classicism***
  2. The Augustan Age*****
  3. Why is this pseudo classical age?**
  4. The Rape of the Lock***
  5. Thomas Gray*
  6. Robinson Crusoe**
  7. Gulliver’s Travel***
  8. The Spectator****
  9. The Coverley Papers********
  10. Who is Sir Roger de Coverly? 16s
  11. Contribution of Addison and Steel to the development of English Prose. S15

 

The Romantic Age

 

  1. French Revolution**
  2. Pantheism****16s
  3. Lyrical Ballads*******
  4. Romanticism***
  5. Is Romanticism a revolt or revival? Give reasons. S15
  6. Pantheism***
  7. Hellenism****
  8. Pride and Prejudice
  9. Negative Capability****
  10. William Wordsworth***
  11. John Keats**
  1. Why is Keats called a Greek?**
  2. Medievalism***
  3. Supernaturalism***
  4. Why is Keats called a 19th century Greek

Poet?***

  1. Why is Charles Lamb called the prince of

English essay?*** The Victorian Age

  1. The Industrial Revolution***
  2. The Origin of Species****16s
  3. The Oxford Movement****
  4. What is Victorian Compromise?********
  5. Pre-Raphaelitism s15
  6. Alfred Tennyson: A poet of Victorian

Compromise.***

  1. Robert Browning***
  2. Dramatic Monologue. S15
  3. In Memoriam**
  4. Jane Eyre Wuthering Heights Great Expectations**

A Tale of Two Cities**

  1. Culture and Anarchy**
  2. Women novelist of the Victorian age.

 

The Modern Age

 

  1. Modernism***
  2. Stream of Consciousness***s15
  3. Postcolonialim
  4. Imperialism**
  5. Absurd Drama******16s
  6. G.B. Shaw
  7. Henric Ibsen
  8. The Waste Land****
  9. A Passage to India***
  10. Symbolism in modern poetry***
  11. Expressionism
  12. Post-modernism
  13. Apocalyptic Movement
  14. Magic Realism
  15. Structuralism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part C: Broad Questions  

 

 

History of English Literature

Part C: Broad Questions                                       (5×10=50) Anglo-Saxon Period:

  1. Write an essay on the major features of old English poetry.
  2. Discuss the influence of Norman Conquest on English literature.

Or Discuss the French influence on the development of Middle English literature.

 

 

The Age of Chaucer:

  1. What is romance? What are the major features of Romance?
  2. Write an essay on the growth of English drama.***
  3. Consider “Pier’s the Plowman” as a picture of contemporary life and manners.
  4. Why would you call Geoffrey Chaucer the father of English poetry?***********
  5. Give a brief survey of the career of Geoffrey Chaucer as a poet.***
  6. Evaluate “Prologue to the Canterbury Tales” as a representative poem of the age of Chaucer.
  7. Comment on Geoffrey Chaucer as a representative poet of his age with reference to his “Prologue to the Canterbury Tales”.16
  8. What picture of life and society do you find in “Prologue to the Canterbury Tales”?

 

 

Renaissance and Reformation

  1. Write an essay on English Reformation movement.****
  2. The influence of renaissance on English Literature.***
  3. Write an essay on English Reformation Movement.**
  4. Write a note on the influence of humanism on English literature.****
  5. What do you know about Renaissaince Drama? *****16

 

 

Elizabethan Age

  1. Why is the Elizabethan age called the Golden Age fire English literature?****
  2. Make a survey of the development of English drama from its beginning to the time of Christopher

Marlowe.****

  1. Discuss the main features of Elizabethan drama focusing on Shakespeare.***
  2. Discus William Shakespeare’s contribution to English drama.***
  3. Discuss the main features of Elizabethan poetry focusing on Shakespeare.***
  4. Discuss the main features of Elizabethan drama focusing on William Shakespeare.***
  5. Who were the university wits ? Discuss their contribution to English Drama. 2015*****

 

Jacobean Age

  1. Characteristics of Jacobean Literature.**
  2. Causes of the decline of Jacobean Drama.***
  3. Characteristics of metaphysical poetry.***
  4. Who were the metaphysical poets? Evaluate their contribution to English poetry.2015******
  5. Characteristics of cavalier poetry.***
  6. Write an essay on Milton’s significance in English literature. Discuss Milton’s Life and Works***
  7. Discuss the main literary Trends in the age of Milton.**
  8. How did religion and politics affect Puritan literature? Write an essay with reference to Milton.****

 

 

The Restoration Age

  1. Characteristics of the Restoration Age***
  2. What is restoration? Discuss the historical and political background of the age.**
  3. Write an essay on John Dryden as a representative poet of the restoration age***
  4. Write an essay on Restoration Comedy.**
  5. Describe Comedy of Manners.16.

The Neoclassical Age

  1. Why is the classical age called the age of prose and reason?******
  2. How would you portray the 18th century as the age of satire? 16
  3. Write a note on Alexander Pope’s work and contribution to the neoclassical age.****
  4. Evaluate “The Rape of the Lock” as a representative poem of the neoclassical age.****
  5. What social and political aspects of the restoration period are reflected in the plays of William

Congreve? ****

  1. Discuss the main trends of the neo-classical literature focusing on the satirical tone of Alexander

Pope and Jonathan Swift**2015

 

 

The Romantic Age

  1. Discuss the major features of Romanticism.**
  2. Examine the influence of the French Revolution on Romantic Poetry.***16

Or Examine the influence of the French Revolution on Romantic literature. ******16

  1. Show the salient features of Romanticism with reference to Wordsworth and Keats.***
  2. Show the salient features of Romanticism with special reference to S.T. Coleridge.
  3. Evaluate W. Wordsworth as the most representative author of the Romantic Age.***
  4. Romanticism is a revolt against the ideals of the neoclassical age.2015*****

 

 

The Victorian Age

  1. Survey the prominent literary trends in Victorian literature.*****
  2. Survey the prominent literary trends in Victorian Poetry.***
  3. Evaluate Alfted Tennyson as the most representative poet of the Victorian Age.****
  4. How would you regard Mathew Arnold as a Victorian Poet?16
  5. Discuss the relation between literature and society in the Victorian Age.
  6. Discuss the dramatic techniques and optimism of Robert Browning’s poems.***
  7. Discuss the chief characteristics of the novels of the Victorian Age with special reference to Charles

Dickens and Thomas Hardy.**2015***

 

  1. What spirit of Victorian Age do you notice in the works of Tennyson? 2015*****

 

The Modern Age

  1. The major features of modern drama with reference to George Bernard Shaw.*****
  2. Write about the main novelist of the 20th century English literature. *******
  3. Discuss Yeat’s nationalism with reference to his poems.
  4. Discuss the characteristics of Modern English poetry.
  5. Discuss the characteristics of Modern English novel.
  6. Discuss the chief features of Modern poetry with special reference to T.S. Eliot.***
  7. Discuss the chief features of Modern poetry with special reference to W.B. Yeats.***
  8. What social picture do you notice in the Modern poetry?16
  9. Discuss the major differences between the novels of the Victorian Age and those of the Modern

Period.16

 

 

 

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