ENGLISH (B A) (Fall 2015) / (Spring 2016) / (Fall 2016)/ (Spring 2017) / (Fall 2017)


 B A Honours in English Programme  (4 Years)


The syllabus of B. A. Honours in English Programme at the Sylhet International University, while focusing specifically on English language and literature, brings within its purview the society, culture, history, philosophy and religions of the whole world. The syllabus provides a preliminary grounding in the structure of English language and then purports to guide the student in an exploration of the famous works of the literary geniuses. As an undergraduate syllabus, introduction to both literature and linguistics have been attended to and the requirement of the student’s knowing the local language namely Bengali as well the history and culture of Bangladesh have also been taken care of. The syllabus also equips the student with basic skills needed to be effective in the modern world. A students having successfully completed this syllabus at SIU will not only be well equipped for further studies in English language and literature but also will be able to cope with current business and social problems in an executive capacity.

B A Honours in English Programme requires a student to complete 126 credit hours which include 25 credit hours of general courses, 89 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of elective courses, 3 credit hours of project / thesis and 3 credits for comprehensive viva voce.



Programme Structure


Types of Courses Number of Courses Credit Hours
A. General Courses 08 25
B. Core Courses 30 89
C. Elective Courses 02 06
D. Project / Thesis 01 03
Viva Voce (Comprehensive)   03
  41 126



Course Sequence


1st Year 1st Semester

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
BAN 101 Introduction to Bangla Bhasha 3.0
HUM 101 English-I (Oral & Written Communication Skills) 3 .0
HUM 111 Bangladesh Studies 3.0
CSE 100 Computer Skills 3.0
ENG 101 Introduction to English Literature I 3.0



1st Year 2nd Semester  

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
HUM 103 English-II (Language Composition & Comprehension) 3.0
ENG 103 Introduction to Linguistics 3.0
ENG 105 Critical Appreciation, Rhetoric and Prosody 3.0
HST 101 Socio-Political and Cultural History of England 3.0
ENG 107 Introduction to English Literature II 3.0



2nd Year 1st Semester   

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 204 Language Skills: Reading and Writing 3.0
BAN 103 Introduction to Bangla Sahitya 4.0
ENG 203 Phonetics and Phonology 3.0
ENG 205 History of English Literature 3.0
ECN 101 Principles of Economics 2.0



2nd Year 2nd Semester  

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 206 Language Skills: listening and speaking 3.0
ENG 209 Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English Literature 3.0
HST 103 European History 3.0
ENG 211 Morphology and Syntax 3.0
GPL 101 Government and Politics of Bangladesh 3.0



3rd Year 1st Semester   

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 301 English for Professional Purposes 3.0
ENG 303 Aesthetics and Literary Movements 3.0
ENG 305 Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Literature 3.0
ENG 307 Advanced Expository Writings 3.0
PHL 101 Western Thoughts 3.0



3rd year 2nd Semester   

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 309 Restoration and 18th Century English Literature 3.0
PHL 103 Eastern Thoughts 3.0
ENG 311 The Romantic Poets 3.0
ENG 313 Victorian Poetry 3.0
ENG 315 Victorian Fiction 3.0



4th Year 1st Semester  

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 401 English Language Teaching (ELT) 3.0
ENG 403 English Literary Theory 3.0
ENG 405 American Literature 3.0
ENG 407 Greek and Latin Classics in Translation 3.0
ENG 409 Structure of English 3.0



4th Year 2nd Semester   

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 411 Modern English Drama 3.0
ENG 413 Modern English Novel 3.0
ENG 415 Modern English Poetry 3.0
  Elective Course I 3.0
  Elective Course II 3.0

Elective Courses:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 417 Comparative Literature 3.0
ENG 419 Development of Modern English Language 3.0
ENG 421 South Asian Literature 3.0
ENG 423 World Classics 3.0
ENG 400 Project / Thesis 3.0
ENG 402 Viva Voce (Comprehensive) 3.0
  Total Credits required for degree



Course Description


[Courses common with other faculties are not repeated here]

BAN 101:          Introduction to Bangla Bhasha                               3 Credits 

Hum 101:     English-1 (Oral and written Communication Skills)                                           3 Credits


Grammatical Focus: Grammatical and Structural aspects covering Parts of Speech, Tense, Voice, Clause,

Preposition, Degrees of Comparison, Synonyms and Antonyms, etc; identifying and Analyzing Grammatical errors including errors in Spelling and Punctuation.

Reading: Vocabulary Building; Comprehension; Interpretation; Summarizing

Writing: Letter Writing – Formal, Informal; Accepting and Declining Invitations; Paragraph Writing,

Precise Writing, Essay Writing

Speaking: Interactive Communication like Introducing Self, Greetings, Conversations, etc; Pronunciation:

Appropriate stress, intonation, clarity

Listening: Understanding – Spoken English, Formal English; Exercises


  1. Jones L., Alexander R., New International Business English (Communication Skills in English for Business Purposes), Cambridge University Press.
  2. NCERT, Knowing about English – A Book of Grammar and Phonology
  3. NCERT, Working with English – A Workbook

ENG 101:          Introduction to English Literature I            3 Credits


Shakespeare                 :   “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day”;

“My Mistress’s Eyes are Nothing Like theSun.”

Donne                            :   “The Sunne Rising”; “Canonization.”

  1. B. Shelley : “The Ode to the West Wind”

John Keats                    :   “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”, “To Autumn”

Tennyson                      :   “Ulysses”, “The Lotos-Eaters”

Browning                       :   “My Last Duchess”, “Fra Lippo Lippi”

Eliot                                :   “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

Emily Dickinson          :   “I like to see it Lap the Miles”; “Because I could not stop for Death”



Books Recommended:

  1. Brooks and R.P. Warren : Understanding Poetry
  2. Shapiro and Beum : A Prosody Handbook
  3. Boulton : Anatomy of Poetry
  1. M.H. Abrams :  A Glossary of Literary Terms
  2. X.J. Kennedy :  An Introduction to Poetry, Fiction and Drama.
  3. Pranab kanti Deb      :An Approach to the study of English Literature

HUM-111 Bangladesh Studies : History and Society of Bangladesh                   3 Credits


Bangladesh-Geography of Bangladesh-History of Bangladesh: ancient, medieval, British periods, politics of 1930’s and 1940’s, Language movement, 6-point & 11-point programs, liberation war and emergence of Bangladesh and constitutional transformation of the state. Social structure of Bangladesh-Social problems such as repression of women, eve-teasing, urbanization, terrorism, communalism, corruption etc.

Books Recommended:

  1. Bangladesh Encyclopedia (English Version)
  2. History of Bengal (English Version)   –   K. Ali
  3. History of Bengal (English Version)   –   Majumder
  4. Economy of Bangladesh (Economic Journal)

CSE-100 Computer Skills                                                              3 Credits


Computer fundamentals: Computer Hardware and Software: Role of information in business: Historical Review, Current Trends, Use of IT in different functional Area: Management, Finance, and Accounting, Production, Marketing, Introduction to WINDOWS; MS- Word, Excel; MS PowerPoint, MS Access; Financial Management Application in MS Excel, CRM application in MS Access, Financial Analysis and Planning Template in MS-Excel, Bulk Mailing Application in MS Word, Business Presentation by MS PowerPoint.

Books Recommended:

Norton: Introduction to Computer

HUM 103: English II: (Language Composition and Comprehension) 3 credits

Grammar – Expressing in Style: Words often Confused; One-word substitution; Phrases; Idioms.

Advanced Reading: Understanding business-related correspondences; Comprehension of factual material; Interpreting Visual Information: Tables, Graphs, Charts; Speed Reading.

Effective Writing: Business Correspondences (Letter, Fax, e-mail) for making enquiries, placing Orders, Asking and Giving Information, Registering Complaints, Handling Complaints; Drafting notices;

Drafting Advertisements: Job Applications

Speaking: Business Etiquettes; Impromptu Speech; Debate; Role Play; Presentations

Listening: Business-related Conversations; Exercises

Book Recommended:

  1. A. Ashley: A Handbook of Commercial Correspondence, OUP
  2. M. Monipatty: The Craft of Business Letter Writing, Tata McGraw Hill
  3. K. Mohan and M. Banerjee : Developing Communication Skills, Macmillan
  4. M. Osborn and S. Osborn : Public Speaking, AITBS Publishers
  5. M.A. Rizvi : Effective Technical Communication, Tata McGraw-Hill

ENG 103:          Introduction to Linguistics                   3 Credits

Language: Definition and Characteristics; Origins of Language, Society and Culture; History of English Language and the Study of English Language Changes ; Different Branches of Linguistics; Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics; Relationship between Linguistics and Literature; Role of Linguistics in Language Teaching ; Second Language Acquisition / Learning; Recent Developments in Linguistics.

Books Recommended:

  1. Victoria Framkin: An Introduction to Language
  2. John Lyon: Language and Linguistics
  3. Dr Varshney: A Introductory Text Book of Linguistics and Phonetics
  4. J Richard & J Plot: Longman Dictionary of Applied Linguistics
  5. R L Trash: A Student Dictionary of Language and Linguistics


ENG 105:          Critical Appreciation, Rhetoric and Prosody       3 Credits 

Summary and Interpretation: Narrative prediction; language, dialogue and setting; sound patterns and interpretation; literary and non-literary language; word patterns; stylistic analysis, Analyzing poetry and prose for sound, sense, imagery, structure, rhetoric and prosody.


Books Recommended:

  1. M H Abrahams: A Glossary of Literary Terms
  2. Bose and Sterling: Elements of Rhetoric and Prosody
  3. M Boulton: Anatomy of Poetry & Anatomy of Prose
  4. J A Cuddon: Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory
  5. Gopal Mallik Thakur: The Anatomy of Rhetoric and Prosody
  6. Rodger Fowler: A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms
  7. Martin Stephen: English Literature: A student Guide

HST 101:          Socio-Political and Cultural History of England         3 Credits 

  1. The Phoenicians’ Trade with the Britons: BC 200 – BC 79
  2. Roman Invasion by Julius Caesar’s Legionnaires: BC 79 – 449 AD?
  3. The Landing of Hengist and Horsa in Britain: 449 – 1066 (Anglo Saxon Period)
  4. The Norman Invasion: 1066 – 1400 (Anglo Norman Period)
  5. The Revival of Learning: 1400 – 1558 (The Renaissance)
  6. Elizabethan Age: 1550 – 1620
  7. The Puritan Age: 1620 – 1660
  8. Period of Restoration: 1660 – 1700
  9. The Eighteenth Century: 1700 – 1800
  10. The Union of the Great Britain and Ireland to Crimean War: 1800 – 1854
  11. The Victorian Age: 1850 – 1900
  12. Twentieth Century England upto the Second World War

Books Recommended:

  1. Mahajan V. D : History of England.
  2. M. Trevelyan : A Shortened History of England
  3. M. Trevelyan : English Social History
  4. John Thorn, Roger Lockyer, David Smith : A History of England
  5. A.N. Johri : A Social History of England
  6. Ford, Boris : History of English Literature, 1 – 10

ENG 107:          Introduction to English Literature II        3 Credits


George Orwell                       :  “Shooting an Eelephant”

  1. K. Narayan : The Financial Expert

Jane Austen                          : Pride and Prejudice

William Golding                   : Lord of the Flies

William Shakespeare          : A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bernard Shaw                      : Arms and the Man

Books Recommended: 

  1. M. Forster : Aspects of the Novel
  2. B. Millett : Reading Fiction
  3. Boulton : Anatomy of Fiction; Anatomy of Prose
  4. J. Kennedy : An Introduction to Poetry, Fiction and Drama.
  5. Boulton : Anatomy of Drama
  6. T. Jones : Studying Drama, An Introduction
  7. I. Choudhury : Kabya Totto (Bangla Translation of Poetics)


ENG 204: Language Skills: Reading and Writing                   3 Credits 


Argument and Persuasion – Students will learn to define terms, develop a thesis statement, structure an argument, perform induction and deduction, refute opposing arguments, and examine the different strategies of persuasion. Reader’s Theater, Jigsaw Reading.


Developing a Sense of Mechanics- Students will focus on word choice, sentence variety, and paragraph structure.

Translation – Students will translate passage from Bangla into English.

Reading short stories, novels, dramas and poetry.


Writing the Research Paper – Students will learn how to use library sources, take notes from reading, use quotations, document sources, use footnotes. Intensive and Extensive Reading; Critical Analysis and Interpretation of Texts. Essays ; Report Writing; Book Reviews ; Research Papers.


Books Recommended:

  1. Joseph Gibaldi : MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Fifth edition, NY: The Modern Language ; Association of America, 1999
  2. Cook G : Discourse and Literature
  3. Levinson : Pragmatics
  1. Sharma, R.C & Mohan, K. Business Correspondence and Report Writing (2nd Ed.), New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., 1999.
  2. Heffernan, A.W.J. Writing: A College Handbook, Fifth Edition, New York and London: Norton, 2000.



BAN 103:          Introduction to Bangla Sahitya         3 Credits 

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ENG 203:          Phonetics and Phonology           3 Credits

Phonetics- Articulatory and acoustic phonetics; the organs of speech; IPA symbols; description of consonants and vowels of different languages; contrastive study of English and Bengali speech sounds; cardinal vowels; English short vowels, long vowels and diphthongs; English plosives, fricatives, affricates and nasals.

Phonology –Defining phone, allophone and phoneme. Supra-segmental phonology-voice quality and voice dynamics.

Phonemic transcription – stress – the nature of stress; factors of stress prominence; weak and strong forms

Intonation system in English; Functions intonation; structure of tone unit; high and low heads; pitch possibilities in the simple tone unit ; semantics of information; transcription of utterances , assigning stress marks and showing intonation.


Books Recommended:

  1. Peter Roach: English Phonetics and Phonology
  2. Allan Cruttenden: Pronunciation in English
  3. A C Grimson: An Introduction to Pronunciation of English
  4. David Abercrombie: Elements of General Phonetics
  5. Dr Varshney: An Introductory Text Book of Linguistics and Phonetics
  6. David Crystal: A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics


ENG 205:          History of English Literature       3 Credits

  1. Introduction
  2. The Anglo-Saxon or the Old English Period
  3. The Anglo-Norman Period
  4. The Age of Chaucer
  5. The Elizabethan Period
  6. The Puritan Age
  7. The Restoration Period
  8. Eighteenth Century
  9. The Romantic Age
  10. The Victorian Age
  11. The 20th Century Literature
  12. Modernism and Postmodernism

Books Recommended:

  1. Edmonds, E.W :A Historical Summary of English Literature
  2. Hudson, W. H : An Outline History of English Literature.
  3. Long, J. W : English Literature.
  4. Batson, F. W : A Guide to English Literature. Long man
  5. George Watson (ed.): Concise Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature.
  6. Legouis and Cazamian : History of English Literature.
  7. Cambridge History of English Literature.
  8. Oxford History of English Literature.
  9. Sampson : The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature.
  10. Daiches, David : A Critical History of English Literature. (2 volumes).
  11. Ford, Boris : History of English Literature. (6 volumes)
  12. Macfarlane and Brodberry : Modernism
  13. Healey, S : Postmodern for the Beginners.






ENG 206: Language Skills: listening and speaking                     3 Credits


Language –as a means of Communication, Oral Communication: nature, function and types, Advantages and disadvantages. Guidelines for effective oral communication.

Listening and Speaking: Features of language for listening and speaking: Phonetic features, Grammar, Vocabulary, Audience awareness, Context; Speaker- listener rapport; Body language: Perspectives, importance and types; Advantages and limitations; Effective use of body language; Guidelines for improving listening and speaking skills.

Situations and tasks: Interview, Telephonic conversation, Discussion, Presentation, Debate, Conversation, Public speaking, storytelling  and  retelling , role – play, simulation, giving impromptu  talk, teaching Listening through “Listen and Do” songs etc


Books Recommended:

  1. Friederike   klippel :  keep Talking
  2. Mantin Bygate :  Speaking
  3. Oconnor, J.D          :  Better English Pronunciation
  4. Pease, A.                 : Body Language (New Ed.)
  5. Gordon, R.L. : Interviewing Strategy, Techniques and Tactics.


ENG 209:          Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English Literature     3 Credits

  1. Beowulf
  2. The Seafarer
  3. The Wanderer
  4. 14th Century Lyrics : Selected Pieces from Sisam’s edition
  5. Malory : The Tale of the Death of King Arthur. Ed. Vinaver
  6. Chaucer : Prologue to The Canterbury Tales

Books Recommended:

  1. Long, W. J : English Literature
  2. Gordon, R.K : Anglo-Saxon Poetry. Everyman’s Library.
  3. Penguin Classics: Beowulf.
  4. Penguin Classics: The Earliest English Poems.
  5. Penguin Classics: Medieval English Verse.
  6. Renwick & Orton : The Beginnings of English Literature.
  7. Wardel : Chapters on Old English Literature.
  8. Penguin Classics: The History of English Church: Bede
  9. Anderson, G. K : The Literature of the Anglo-Saxons.

HST 103:          European History       3   Credits 


    1. Classical Greece
    2. The Renaissance
    3. The Reformation
    4. The Enlightenment
    5. The French Revolution
    6. World War I



  1. France on the eve of the Revolution of 1789: Political, Social, Economic conditions and the writings of the intellectuals.
  2. Beginning of the Revolution and the Works of the National Constituent Assembly (1789-1791)
  3. Reign of Terror (1793-94)
  4. France under the Directory (1795-1799) and Napoleon’s Coming to Power.
  5. Reformation of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  6. Continental System and the Downfall of Napoleon.
  7. The Congress of Vienna, 1815.
  8. Metternich: Internal and Foreign Policies.
  9. July Revolution, 1830.
  10. February Revolution, 1848
  11. Unification of Italy
  12. Unification of Germany.
  13. The Eastern Question : Crimean War and the Treaty of Berlin.
  14. Czar Alexander II
  15. Bolshevik Revolution. 1917
  16. Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles, 1919-1920
  17. The Emergence of Dictatorship in Europe.
  18. World War II

Books Recommended: 

  1. M. Burns: Western Civilization: Their History and Their Cultures.
  2. Ergang : Europe from the Renaissance to Waterloo
  3. Hayes: Political and Cultural History of Modern Europe (Vols. I & II)
  4. Riker: A History of Modern Europe
  5. Lipson: Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  6. Thomson: Europe since Napoleon
  7. Hazen: Europe since 1815
  8. Kettelbey: A History of Modern Times from 1789
  9. Grant and Temperley: Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  10. Holland Rose: Revolutionary & Napoleonic Era
  11. A. Crain: Europe Since 1815
  12. F. M. Sayeed : Europe Between the Two World Wars.
  13. Chambers, Harris and Bayley: This Age of Conflict

ENG 211:          Morphology and Syntax           3 Credits 

Words: Definition and Classification ; Word Formation, Processes

Morpheme and Morphology : Types of Morphemes; Morphs and Allomorphs; Bloomfieldian Concept of Morpheme and Its Subsequent Modilication; Morphological Processes

Grammar: Definition and Types; Grammaticality and Syntax; Syntactic Rules and Syntactic Category.

Grammatical Categories: Meaning, kinds , Primary and Secondary Categories, Person, Number, Gender, Case, Voice, Mood, Tense.

Complex Noun Phrases – Pre- modifier, Head and Post – modifier

Clause Structure: Subordination: Subordinate and Superordinate Clause, Subordinate and Time, Tense and Aspect

Syntactic Analysis: Immediate Constituent Analysis: Phrase Structure Grammar, Case Grammar

Transformational Generative Grammar: The Components; Standard Theory of Chomsky and Modified Theory of Chomsky

Books Recommended:

  1. Bailey, Dudley (1965): Introductory Language Essays. New York: Norton & Company Inc.
  2. Bauer, Lamie (1988): Introducing Linguistics Morphology, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University
  3. Chomsky, Noam (1957): Syntactic Structures. The Hague : Mouton
  4. Chomsky, Noam (1965): Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, Cambridge, Mass: MLT Press
  5. Cook V. J. (1988): Chomsky’s Universal Grammar. Oxford : Basis Blackwel’ Ltd.
  6. Grecubaum, Sidney and Randolph Quirk (1990): A student’s Grammar of the English Language Singapore’ Pearson Education Ltd.
  7. Leech, Geoffrey and Jan Svartvik. (2000): A communicative Grammar of English Lissex: Pearson Education Ltd.
  8. Palmer, Frank (1984): London : Penguin
  9. Quirk, R. S. S. Gr eenbaum, G Lecch and J. Svartvik. (1985): A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman
  10. Quirk, Randolph and Sidney Greenbaum (1973): A University Grammar of English Essex: Pearson Education Ltd.
  11. Radford, Andrew (1988): Transnational Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University

GPL 101:          Government and Politics of Bangladesh      3 Credits

Form of government in Bangladesh – History of relevant amendments of constitution leading to parliamentary form of government – Relationship among Parliament, Executive and Judiciary in Bangladesh –Powers of President and Prime minister– Separation of Judiciary from Executive – Parliamentary committees – Role of Opposition – Female seats in parliament – Concept of caretaker government – Election and Election Commission – Role of bureaucracy in Bangladesh – Local governments, their present position and expected role – Political parties in Bangladesh – Manifestoes of major parties – Pluralistic democracy.

Books Recommended:

  1. Harold J. Laski: The State in Theory and Practice.
  2. Harole J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics.
  3. Judd Harmon: Political Thought from Plato to the Present.
  4. I. J. Rosenthal: Political Thought in Medieval Islam
  5. Majid Khadduri: Political Trends in the Arab World.
  6. David Spitz: Political Theory and Social Change (9th)
  7. Morris Janowitz: The Military in the Political Development of New Nation.
  8. E. Wiloughby: Government of Modern State,
  9. Finer: Theory and Practice of Modern Government.


ENG 301:          English for Professional Purposes                3 Credits

Business Reports: Business Letters; Job Applications; Internal Memoranda; Translation; Editing ; Developing Press Copies ; Notice, Minutes and Note of Dissent, Draft Writing.

Books Recommended:

  1. C. Sharma and K. Mohan: Business Correspondence and Report Writing
  2. M. Maniruzzaman : Basic English Language Skills
  3. S. Baugh, M. Fryar and D. A. Thomas: How to Write First Class Business Correspondence
  4. V. Lesikar and J. D. Pettit. Jr. : Business Communication 😛 Theory and Application
  5. Pal and J. S. Korlahalli : Essentials of Business Communication

ENG 303:          Aesthetics and Literary Movements         3 Credits

  1. Classicism
  2. Neo-Classicism
  3. Romanticism
  4. Art for Art’s Sake
  5. Realism
  6. Naturalism
  7. Anger/Hungry
  8. Expressionism
  9. Stream of Consciousness
  10. Surrealism
  11. Imagism
  12. Symbolism
  13. The Absurd

Books Recommended: 

  1. Chadwick, Owen : The Secularization of the European Mind in the 19th Century
  2. Cuddon, J. A : The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory.

ENG 305:          Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Literature      3 Credits 

Spenser                 : The Faerie Queen, Bk. 1

Bacon                   : Essays: ‘‘Of Friends’’, ‘‘Of Truth’’.

Thomas Kyd       : The Spanish Tragedy

Marlowe               : Doctor Faustus

Shakespeare        : Macbeth

Donne                   : As in Grierson’s Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems

(Except ‘‘The Sunne Rising’’ and ‘‘Canonization’’)

Marvell                 : As in Grierson’s Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems

Milton                   : Paradise Lost, Books IX and X.

Books Recommended:

  1. Alvarez: The School of Donne
  2. J. Smith: Donne: Songs and Sonnets
  3. Willey: Seventeenth Century Background
  4. M. Tillyard: Milton
  5. R. Wilson: Seventeenth Century English Prose
  6. K. Hunter: Paradise Lost
  7. J. Grierson: Cross Currents in English Literature of the 17th Century
  8. Bayley, Spenser: Fairie Queen
  9. The Pelican Guide to English Literature Vol.3
  10. C. Bradeley: Shakespearian Tragedy
  11. L. Lucas: Seneca and Elizabethan Tragedy
  12. B. Harrison: Introducing Shakespeare
  13. Salinger: Shakespeare and the Traditions of Comedy
  14. C. Bradbook: Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy
  15. N. Rabkin (ed.): Twentieth Century Interpretations of the Duchess of Malfi.

ENG 307:          Advanced Expository Writings        3 Credits

Current practices in such forms as essay, commentary, magazine article:

Students will develop writing skills and engage in different types of writing activities .

  1. Developing writing skills with emphasis on vocabulary

and structure.

  1. Moving from process to product.
  2. Pre-writing
    1. Reading relevant texts to facilitate writing.
    2. Brainstorming, discussing, debating to formulate ideas.
    3. Working out a plan
    4. a) Developing a topic
    5. b) Making a thesis statement
    6. Outlining
    7. Composing (controlled to free writing)
    8. Revising and Editing
    9. Different types of writing
    10. Situational writing
    11. Expository writing
    12. Academic writing
    13. Different writing tasks
  3. Paragraph writing
  4. Essay writing
  5. Writing reports
  6. Letter writing both informal and formal.

Grammar in Use: While grammar will generally be taught in context, some attention to grammar may be necessary at this stage. The following aspects may be taught.

  • Articles
  • Verb patterns
  • Tenses
  • Sentence combining – subordinating and coordination
  • Conditional sentences
  • The infinitive, gerund, and participle
  • Subject – verb agreement.

Books Recommended:

  1. George E : Wishon & Julia M. Burks: Let’s Write English
  2. Maurice Imhoof and Herman Hudson: From Paragraph to Essay.
  3. Sue Lorch Basic Writing: A Practical Approach
  4. M. Maniruzzaman: Advanced Reading and Writing Skills
  5. Haque, M.Z : Advanced Reading and Writing, The Easy Way


PHL101:           Western Thoughts        3 Credits 

The Greeks and the Romans: The Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans, Cynics, Skeptics

The Medieval World View

The Renaissance: Erasmus, More, Machiavelli, Bacon

The Reformation and The Counter-Reformation

The Rise of Modern Science: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton

The Rise of Modern Philosophy: Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke

The Enlightenment and 18th Century Thought: The Philosophies, Berkeley, Hume. Burke, Adam Smith, Malthus, Rousseau, Kant.

Romanticism and the French Revolution

Mary Wollstonecraft and the Birth of Feminism

The American War of Independence and Democracy

19th – Century Thought: Hegel, Marx and Socialism, Utilitarianism, Darwin and the Theory of Evolution, Positivism (Comte), Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Feminism.

20th Century Thought: Bergson and Creative Evolution Pragmatism, Modern Analytical Philosophy and the Scientific World-View, Modern Psychology (Freud, Jung and Psychoanalysis. Behaviorism, Gestalt Psychology), Existentialism, Feminism.


Books Recommended:

  1. Russell: History of Western Philosophy
  2. Russell: The Wisdom of the West
  3. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  4. Scruton: A short History of Modern Philosophy
  5. Radhakrishnan: ed. History of Philosophy, East
  6. Bronowsk:: The Western Intellectual Tradition
  7. Dictionary of the History of Ideas
  8. Will and Ariel Durant: The Story of Philosophy
  9. Entries in Encyclopedia Britannica

ENG 309:          Restoration and 18th Century English Literature       3 Credits

Dryden                           : MacFlecknoe

Defoe                             : Robinson Crusoe

Swift                               : Gulliver’s Travels

Addison & Steele         : Coverley Papers (Selections)

Pope                               : The Rape of the Lock

Johnson                         : Life of Cowley

Congreve                       : The Way of the World

Sheridan                        : The Rivals

PHL 103:          Eastern Thoughts         3 Credits


Indian: The Vedas, The Upanishads, Buddhism, Jainism, Carvaka, The Six Orthodox Schools, Sankhya-Yoga, Mimansa-Vedanta, Nyaya-Vaisesikha, Bhakti, Indian Aesthetics.

Chinese / Japanese: Taoism, Confucianism. Zen Buddhism.

Islamic: School of Muslim Philosophy, Muslim Contribution to Western

Thought, Sufism.

Books Recommended: 

  1. M. Hiriyanna : Outline of Indian Philosophy ; Essentials of Indian Philosophy
  2. S. Radhakrishnan : Indian Philosophy ; History of Philosophy, Eastern and Western.
  3. A. Watts : The Way of Zen
  4. E. Dimock, et. al. : The Literature of India
  5. H. G. Creel : Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Mao Tse—tung
  6. T.J. de Boer : The History of Philosophy in Islam
  7. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  8. Encyclopedia Britannica

ENG 311:          The Romantic Poets         3 Credits 


Blake                       :   Songs of Innocence and Experience

Wordsworth           :   Prelude I; “Tintern Abbey”; “Immortality Ode”; “Michael”; “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways”; “Three Years She Grew”; “A Slumber Did My Spirits Seal”

Coleridge                :   The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; “Kubla Khan”; “Christabel”; “Dejection: An Ode”

Byron                      :   Don Juan I & II

Shelley                    :   Adonais; “Ode to a Skylark”, “The Cloud”.

Keats                       :   “The Eve of St. Agnes”, “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode to Psyche”, “Ode on a Melancholy”.

Books  Recommended:

  1. B. Pinion : A Wordsworth Companion
  2. C. Bowra : The Romantic Imagination
  3. H. Abrams (ed) : English Romantic Poets
  4. Frye : A Study of English Romanticism
  5. Elton : A Survey of English Literature: 1780-1830
  6. Hodgart : Preface to Shelley






ENG 313:          Victorian Poetry     3 Credits 

Tennyson                        :   In Memoriam (Selections), “Tithonus”; “Locksley Hall”;

Browning                         :   “Porphyria’s Lover”, “Andrea del sarto”; “A Grammarian’s Funeral”; “Rabbi Ben Ezra”.

Browning, Elizabeth B  :   Sonnets from Portuguese 13, 14 & 21.

Arnold                              : “Thyrsis”; “The Scholar-Gipsy”; “Rugby Chapel” ; “Dover Beach”;

Hopkins                               : Selected Poems

Books Recommended: 

  1. Walker, Hugh : The Literature of the Victorian Era.
  2. Elton, Oliver : A Survey of English Literature (1830-1880)
  3. Brandes, George : Main Currents in the 19th Century Literature



ENG 315:          Victorian Fiction       3 Credits 

  1. M. Thackeray : Vanity Fair

Charles Dickens       : Great Expectations

Charlotte Bronte     : Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte            : Wuthering Heights

George Eliot              : Silas Marner

Thomas Hardy        : Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Books Recommended: 

  1. Cecil, David : Early Victorian Novelists.
  2. Brandis, George : Main Currents in the 19th Century Literature Vol.:4
  3. Walker, Hugh : The Literature of the Victorian Era
  4. Elton, Oliver : A Survey of English Literature: 1830-1880
  5. Forster, E. M : Aspects of Novel
  6. Allen, Walter : The English Novel.

ENG 401:          English Language Teaching (ELT)            3 Credits 

This paper aims at familiarizing students with the theories and practices of English language teaching with a view to preparing them to be effective language teachers. This paper will include the following:

Approaches, Methods and Techniques in ELT: History of ELT Grammar-Translation Method, Direct Method, Audio-Lingual Method, Chomskyan, Revolution and Contemporary Methods, The Communicative Approach and the Natural Approach. Teaching and Testing the Four Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Testing: Language Testing – Purposes and kinds – General Principles- Norm – reference and criterion – referenced measurement – Some general requirements for tests: reliability and validity – Ways to estimate reliability – Factors affecting reliability – Types of validity – Factors influencing validity – Ways of assessing different skills. Designing language test formats: multiple choice, close tests, open-ended tests, etc.

Syllabus Design: Purpose, types, factors, construction. Needs Analysis and syllabus design: a learner centred approach: designing lesson plans, class observation, experimental teaching and feedback. Designing syllabuses for students at different levels.

Error Analysis: The concept of Error – Description and explanation of Error – Significance of Error Analysis – Limitations of Error Analysis.

Books Recommended:

  1. Hughes 1989 : Testing for Language Teachers. CUP
  2. Tomlinson (ed.). 1998 : Materials Development in Language teaching. CUP
  3. C. Richards and T. S. Rodgers. 1986 : Approaches and methods in Language Teaching. CUP
  4. Ur. 1996 : A Course in Language Teaching. CUP
  5. V. White. 1988 : The ELT Curriculum. Oxford: Blackwell
  6. 1991 : Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom. OUP
  7. Harmer. 1983 : The Practices of English Language Teaching Longman.
  1. Roy, Himadri Sekhar & Mahmud, Rashed. Syllabus, Curriculum and Material Design.



ENG 403:          English Literary Theory                     3 Credits

Dryden                : Preface to the Fables

Johnson              : Preface to Shakespeare

Wordsworth       : Preface to the Lyrical Ballads

Coleridge            :  Biographia Literaria

(Chapters xiii, xiv, xv, xvii)

Eliot                     : Tradition and the Individual

Talent; The Metaphysical Poets

Arnold                 : The Study of Poetry

Said                     : Introduction to Orientalism

Spivak                : Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism


Books Recommended: 

  1. Wimsal & Brooks : Literary Criticism: A Short History.
  2. Richards, A: Principles of Literary Criticism
  3. Wellek, Rene : The Rise of English Literary History.
  4. Warren, Austen. & Wellek, Rene : Theory of Literature.
  5. Polts, T.D : Poetics: Aristotle.


ENG 405:          American Literature                 3 Credits 

Emerson                 : The American Scholar

Walt Whitman       : Song of Myself

Emily Dickinson    : Selections

Frost                        : Selections

Hemingway                          : A Farewell to Arms

Toni Morrison        : The Bluest Eye

Eugene O’Neill       : Emperor Jones

Arthur Miller          : The Death of a Salesman

Books Recommended: 

  1. Aldridge, John : After the Lost Generation: A Critical Study of the Writers of Two Wars. 1951.
  2. Hoffman J : Freudianism and the Literary Mind. 1957
  3. Klein, Marcus. Foreigners: The Making of American Literature
  4. Singal, J. Daniel : The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South 1919-1945. 1982
  5. Bigsby, C.W.E : A Critical Introduction to Twentieth Century American Drama. Vol: 1,1985
  6. O’Neil and His Plays: Four Decades of Criticism. Ed. Cargil, Oscar. 1962
  7. Day. Christine and Woods, Bob. (ed.) 1978 : Where I Live: Selected Essays..
  8. Miller, James : Eugene O’Neil and the American Critic. 1962
  9. Ranald, L. M : The Eugene O’Neil Companion. 1984.
  10. Quinn, Arthur : A History of the American Drama from the Civil War to the Present Day.
  11. Moss, P. Sydney : The Critic in the Context of His Literary Milieu.
  12. Poe: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Regan, Robert.
  13. Kaplan, Justin : Walt Whitman: A Life.
  14. Kaplan, Justin : A Reader’s Guide to Walt Whitman.
  15. Kaplan, Justin : New Whitman Handbook.
  16. Miller, J. (ed.) : Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’: Origin, Growth, Meaning.
  17. Cook, L. Regiland : The Dimensions of Robert Frost.
  18. Smythe, Daniel : Robert Frost Speaks.
  19. Mertin, Louis : Robert Frost: Life and Talks – Walking
  20. Creeley, Robert : A Quick Graph.
  21. Jarrel, Randall : Poetry and the Age.
  22. Roy, Himadri Sekhar. Arthur Miller and Modern American Drama.



ENG 407:          Greek and Latin Classics in Translation             3 Credits 

Homer                     : The lliad

Aeschylus               : Agamemnon

Sophocles               : Electra

Seneca                    : Thyestes

Euripides                 : Alcestis

Aristophanes          : Frogs

Books Recommended:

  1. Maurice B. Bc Namee: S.J., Homer and the Epic Hero
  2. H. M. Chadwick: The Heroic Age
  3. Paul Merchant: The Epic
  4. H.D.F. Kitto: Form and Meaning in Drama –Greek Tragedy
  5. Eric Segal:Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy
  6. A.E. Haigh: Tragic Drama of the Greeks
  7. C.H. Whitman: Aristophanes and the Comic Hero
  8. W. W. Lawrence: Beowulf and the Epic Tradition
  9. John Jones: Aristotle and Greek Tragedy


ENG 409:          Structure of English            3 Credits  

Nouns: Position and Function –Noun Classes: count, non-count, proper nouns. Determinatives: Pre-deteminers,  central determiners, post-determiners. The use of Articles

Verb: Major verb classes-time, tense and the verb. Sequence of Tenses-Conditional.

Adverbs: Characteristics of the adverb – the adverb as a clause, element-the adverb and other word classes-syntactic functions of adverbs – correspondence between adjectives and adverbs – comparison of adjectives and adverbs.

Adjectives: Characteristics of the adjective – central and peripheral adjectives – the adjective in relation to other word classes – syntactic function of adjectives – syntactic and semantic sub-classification of adjectives.

Adverbial Phrases Adjectival Phrases – Prepositional Phrases – verb phrases.

Tensed, Non-Tensed and Verbless Clauses.

Voice – Principles of Passivization – Voice Constraints.

Operators and traditional interpretation of the use and usage of modals.

Recommended Books:

  1. S Hornby: Oxford Ledarner’s Dictonary of Current English
  2. J. Thomson and A.V. Martinet: A Practical English Grammar
  3. Maurice Imhoof and Herman Hudson: From Paragraph to Essay
  4. Clive Taylor: Advancing Language Skills
  5. Bernard Lott: A Course in English Language and Literature
  6. John Arnold and Jeremy Harmer: Advanced Writing Skills
  7. Simon Greenall and Michael Swan: Effective Reading
  8. Ann Baker: Ship or Sheep
  9. Thomas E. Tyner: Writing Voyage: An Integrated Process Approach to Basic Writing
  10. Robert O’Neill and Roger Scott: View Points: Interviews for Listening.

ENG 411:          Modern English Drama                      3 Credits

  1. B. Shaw : Pygmalion
  2. M. Synge : The Playboy of the Western World
  3. Beckett : Waiting for Godot

John Osborne         : Look back in Anger

Harold Pinter         : The Birthday Party

ENG 413:          Modern English Novel                   3 Credits 

Joseph Conrad         : Lord Jim

  1. M. Forster : A Passage to India

James Joyce             : A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Virginia Woolf         : Mrs. Dalloway

  1. H. Lawrence : Sons and Lovers

Doris Lessing            : The Grass is Singing

Books Recommended: 

  1. Forster E. M : The Aspects of Novel.
  2. Lubbock, P : The Craft of Fiction

ENG 415:          Modern English Poetry             3 Credits 

  1. B. Yeats : The Lake isle of Innis free, The Second Coming, Byzantium, Sailing to Byzantium, a Prayer for my Daughter, 1919, Easter 1916, Under Ben Bulben, The Municipal Gallery Revisited (Selections)
  2. S. Eliot : The Waste Land and Selections
  3. H. Auden : Lullaby, The Shield of Achilles , Musee des Beaux Arts. The Ballad of Miss Gee (Selections)

Dylan Thomas    :   Selections

Ted Hughes         :   Selections

Seamus Heaney :   Selections


Books Recommended: 

  1. Cunliffe, J. W : English Literature During the Last Half Century .
  2. Bowra, C. M : The Heritage of Symbolism
  3. Solapinta, V : Crisis in Modern Poetry.
  4. Betho and Dobree : The Victorian and After.
  5. Frazer, G. S : The Modern Writer and his World.


Elective Courses:


ENG 417:          Comparative Literature           3 Credits  

Mahfouz, Naguib        : The Thief and The Dogs

Mulk Raj Anand         : The Untouchables

V.S. Naipaul                 : A House for Mr. Biswas

Chinua Achebe            : Things Fall Apart

Wole Soyinka               : The Lion and the Jewel

Books Recommended: 

  1. Badawi, M. M : A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature.
  2. Schwartz, Howard : Lilith’s Cave : Jewish Tales of the Supernatural
  3. Schwartz, Howard : Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales.
  4. Mack, Robert L. (ed.) : Arabian Night’s Entertainments.

ENG 419:          Development of Modern English Language          3 Credits  

Modern English Syntax, Emphasis and Standard English, other social and regional dialects; work with various grammars and dictionaries.

Morphology: What is meant by Morphology? Types of Morphology-Morphemes-Morphs-Allomorphs-Phonological and Morphological Conditioning – Bloomfieldian concept of Morpheme and its subsequent modification-Morphological Processes.

Traditional Concepts: Words Problems in defining a word-Problems in classification of words, inflection and syntax, Sentence, Clause and Phrase.

Grammatical Categories: Meaning of Grammatical Categories-kinds of Grammatical Categories-Primary Categories and Secondary Categories (Person, Number, Gender, Case, Voice, Mood., Tense, Aspect).

Noun phrase-Modality-Progressive Aspect-Perfective Aspect-Clause Structure-Subordination : Subordinate and Super ordinate Clauses, subordinate and Matrix Clauses-Finite, Non-finite and verbless clauses, Formal indicators of subordination, the verb phrase in subordinate clauses.

Syntactic and Semantic functions of subordinate clauses; Functions of nominal clauses – syntactic functions of adverbial clauses- semantic roles of adverbial clauses-comparative clauses. Co-ordination-Negation – Performs and Ellipsis. Co-ordination – Negation – Performs and Ellipsis.

Time, Tense and the Verb. Systems of Syntactic Analysis: Immediate Constituent Analysis – Phrase Structure Grammar- Transformational Generative Grammar- Case Grammar.

Books Recommended:

  1. Martinet & Thomson.: A Practical English Grammar
  2. Hornby, A.S: The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Current English
  3. Cowie & Mackin: Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English.
  4. Hornby, A.S: Guide to Pattern and Usage of English
  5. Taylor, Clive: Advancing Language Skills
  6. Quirk & Others: A Grammar of Contemporary English
  7. Leech: Communicative Grammar of English


ENG 421:          South Asian Literature            3 Credits

Amitava Gosh       : The Shadow Lines

Jhumpa Lahiri       : An Interpreter of Maladies

Nissim Ezekiel       : Selections

  1. K. Narayan : The Guide

Kaiser Huq             : Selections

Anita Desai            : Clear Light of Day



ENG 423:          World Classics               3 Credits 

Aristotle                  : Poetics

Virgil                        : The Aeneid

  1. Dostoevsky : Crime and Punishment

Thomas Mann      : Magic Mountain

Milan Kundera      : The Joke

Books Recommended:

  1. Barnet, Burman, Burto, and Cain. Longman (ed.). XI edition :  An Introduction to Literature.
  2. Jerome Beaty and Paul Hunter (ed.) : The Norton Introduction to Literature.
  3. Webster, Miriam : Encyclopedia of Literature
  4. . Malcolm Bradbary (ed.) : Introduction to American Studies,
  5. Luedike, L. S : Making America : The Society and Culture of the United States.
  6. Mathiessen, F. O : American Renaissance
  7. Lewis , R : The American Adam.
  8. Tayler, M. C : History of American Literature : 1607 – 1765
  9. Chase, Richard : The American Novel .


ENG 400:          Project / Thesis         3 Credits

Each student will choose a relevant topic and on the basis of his extensive reading and research he

will write an essay of 12,000 to 15,000 words to be submitted by the end of the final semester. The

project work will be initiated under the supervision of a teacher from the beginning of the 4th year .


ENG 402:          Viva Voce (Comprehensive)     3 Credits

A student will face a board of internal and external experts for a

Viva Voce. The student will be asked questions on topics from the whole gamut of courses covered.