Unit – I Conceptual Framework of Comparative Literature

  • The Emergence of Comparative Literature
  • Difference/ Alterity and the Ethics of Plurality
  • Limitations of the Idea of National Literature
  • Theories of Interpretation

Unit – II Literary Historiography

  • Sources of Literary History: Oral, Manuscriptal, Scriptal and Virtual
  • Approaches to Literary History: Integrationist and other models
  • Problems of Periodization

Unit – III History of Comparative Literature

  • History of Comparative Literature: French, German, Russian and Tel Aviv Schools
  • Comparative Literature in India: From Tagore to the Present
  •  World Literature: From Goethe to the Present
  •  “The State of the Discipline” Reports

Unit – IV Translation in Comparative Context

  • History and Politics of Translation
  • Translation as Reception
  • Problems and Promises of Translation in Multilingual Situations
  • Untranslatability and Silence

Unit – V Poetics and Literary Theory

  • Indian Poetics: Sanskrit and Tamil
  • Perso-Arabic Traditions
  • Western Classical Literary Theory

Unit – VI Indian Literature –I

  • Classical – Sanskrit, Tamil, Pali and other literary traditions
  • Medieval –Formations of Language-Literature (bhasha) Traditions in India; Bhakti, Santand Sufi Literature
  • Contact with West Asian, South-east Asian and South Asian literary traditions

Unit – VII Indian Literature – II

  • Modernity as a concept
  • Colonial Modernity: Transactions with Western Forms and Literary Traditions
  • Modernity as Discourse: Multiple Modernisms in the Context of Various Language-Literatures
  • Discontents of Modernity: Literatures of Women, Adivasis, Dalits, Minorities and others

Unit – VIII Literary Modes, Genres and Themes

  • The “literary” as a convention
  • Mode and Performativity: Tragedy, Epic and Novel
  • Genres: Theories; Taxonomy: Generic Markers and Transformations
  • Themes: Motifs, Myth, Archetypes

Unit – IX Interdisciplinarity and Intermediality

  • Literature and Other Arts: Texts Across Mediums
  • Literary Studies and Other Disciplines

Unit – X Literary Dialogues

  • Intertextuality, Parody and Pastiche
  • Re-writing in Diachronic and Synchronic Frames
  • Adaptation, Appropriation and Assimilation


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