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Introduction to Literature

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Introduction to Literature

Through a comprehensive overview of diverse texts, this course traces the evolution of literary genres across the English literary canon.

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What you will learn

  • Develop a thorough understanding of literary genres such as poetry, drama, and prose
  • Describe the common conventions of each genre and how they are further categorized into sub genres
  • Analyze structure, content and form of various texts from the classics to the contemporary works of literature
  • Comprehend how every text is informed by its socio-political and cultural context
  • Write critical and analytical essays which are grounded in an understanding of genre conventions

Course Content

8 sections • 42 lectures • 01h 20m total length
Introduction - by Maham
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Chapter Detail - by Maham

DURATION: 4.5 HRS

DESCRIPTION

This module focuses on distinguishing between literary genre and form.  It discusses the debates over how literature should be categorized and how literary genre is not an innocent process of classification. It also highlights that genre is a constantly changing category influenced by culture and that genre theory facilitates the categorization of literature.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In this module, the students will learn to 

  1. Differentiate  between Genre and Form,

  2. Distinguish between different literary genres,

KEY QUESTIONS:

In this module, the students will explore the following key questions:

  1. How is the literary genre defined?

  2. Is genre and form the same?

  3. What is Genre Theory? 

  4. How is literature classified into various literary genres?

MODULE CONTENT:

  • Introduction: What is a literary genre? 

  • How is a literary genre classified into different types?

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Pre-recorded lectures

  • Pdf/PowerPoint/Lecture Notes

  • Worksheets

  • Reference Materials

ONLINE LINKS 

  1. https://study.com/academy/lesson/literary-forms-genres-how-they-affect-meaning.html#quiz-course-links 

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uiNqtfWvGw

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lBJXmq-NRc 

ASSIGNMENTS

The participants of this module will 

  • Discuss with their teacher what problems they face while learning about English Literature and English Literary Genres.

  • Complete all the activities assigned during this course.

  • Read multiple texts and identify their genres as a practice.

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Lecture Slides - by Maham
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Reference Material - by Maham
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Module 1: Recorded Lecture - by Maham
4min
Activity - by Maria
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Chapter Detail - by Maria

DURATION: 6 HRS

DESCRIPTION

This module will help in understanding poetry as one of the major genres of literature. It highlights the relevance of poetry as a literary genre with socio-cultural functions and foregrounds the similarities and distinction of poetry from other genres. It also deals with the subgenres distinguished on the basis of forms which include lyric, sonnet, elegy, epic, and ballad and narrative. Dramatic subdivision will be discussed under the drama module.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In this module, the students will learn to 

  1. Understand the significance of poetry as a major genre of literature.

  2. Distinguish between the different types of subgenres of poetry.

KEY QUESTIONS:

In this module, the students will explore the following key questions:

  1. Introduction: What is the significance of Poetry as a Literary Genre?

  2. What are the similarities and distinction of poetry from other genres?

  3. What are the different subgenres of Poetry?

MODULE CONTENT:

  • Introduction: What is Poetry? 

  • What are the elements of poetic form?

  • What is the significance of Poetry as a Literary Genre?

  • What are the different subgenres of Poetry?

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Pre-recorded lectures

  • Pdf/PowerPoint/Lecture Notes

  • Worksheets

  • Reference Materials

ONLINE LINKS 

  1. https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/different-types-of-poems-examples/

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1b_mRCtXXs

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1XCoDOs8Ms

  4. https://poets.org/glossary/lyric-poetry

  5. https://study.com/academy/lesson/lyric-poetry-definition-types-examples.html#quiz-course-links 

ASSIGNMENTS

The participants of this module will 

  • Discuss with their teacher what problems they face while learning about the English Literary Genre of poetry and its forms and styles.

  • Complete all the activities assigned during this course.

  • Read multiple poems and identify their forms and styles as practice.

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Lecture Slides - by Maria
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Reference Material - by Maria
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Module 2: Recorded Lecture - by Maria
13min
Chapter Detail - by Maham

DURATION: 7 HRS

DESCRIPTION

This module helps build an understanding of Modernism and how it is represented in poetry by studying the characteristics and themes of Modern poetry. It also highlights the major movements of the 20th Century and how they influenced the poetry written in this era.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In this module, the students will learn to 

  1. Understand the significance of Modernist poetry

  2. Identify the representation of Modernism as a philosophy in 20th century poetry.

KEY QUESTIONS:

In this module, the students will explore the following key questions:

  1. Introduction: What is Modernism?

  2. What are the characteristics and themes of Modern poetry?

MODULE CONTENT:

  • Introduction: What is Modern poetry? 

  • What are the major movements of the 20th century and how do they influence the poetry of this era?

  • What are the characteristics of Modern poetry?

  • What are the themes of Modern poetry?

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Pre-recorded lectures

  • Pdf/PowerPoint/Lecture Notes

  • Worksheets

  • Reference Materials

ONLINE LINKS 

  1. https://englishsummary.com/20th-century-poetry-themes/

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7oEuf1HFEY

ASSIGNMENTS

The participants of this module will 

  • Discuss with their teacher what problems they face while learning about the English literary genre of Modern poetry.

  • Complete all the activities assigned during this course.

  • Read multiple poems and identify their characteristics as practice.

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Lecture Slides - by Maham
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Reference Material - by Maham
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Module 3: Recorded Lecture - by Maham
10min
Activity - by Maham
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Chapter Detail - by Maria

DURATION: 6 HRS

DESCRIPTION

This module discusses the origin of drama and then leads into the debate of its significance. It also foregrounds the influence of the Renaissance age on Elizabethan plays while highlighting the major characteristics of classical drama.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In this module, the students will learn to 

  1. Understand the significance of Classical Drama

  2. Study the influence of Renaissance age on Elizabethan drama,

KEY QUESTIONS:

In this module, the students will explore the following key questions:

  1. What is the origin of Drama?

  2. What are the characteristics of classical drama?

MODULE CONTENT:

  • Introduction: What makes up Classical and Elizabethan Drama? 

  • What is the origin of drama?

  • What is the impact of the Renaissance age on Elizabethan Drama?

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Pre-recorded lectures

  • Pdf/PowerPoint/Lecture Notes

  • Worksheets

  • Reference Materials

ONLINE LINKS 

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODOZDk9NPDU 

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoiHW1ffCGw 

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMf23vicrQ0 

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfGfToX15Ks 

ASSIGNMENTS

The participants of this module will 

  • Discuss with their teacher what problems they face while learning about the English Literary Genre of Classical and Elizabethan Drama.

  • Complete all the activities assigned during this course.

  • Read multiple plays and identify their characteristics as a practice.

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Lecture Slides - by Maria
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Reference Material - by Maria
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Module 4: Recorded Lecture - by Maham
9min
Activity - by Maria
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Chapter Detail - by Maria

DURATION: 6 HRS

DESCRIPTION

This module will help in developing an understanding of how modern theatre is different from the Greek theatre and also highlight how realism is a major part of 20th century plays. It also discusses the transitional periods of twentieth century theatre and the characteristics of twentieth century drama.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In this module, the students will learn to 

  1. Distinguish between Greek Theatre and Modern Drama.

  2. Identify the characteristics and common themes of 20th Century Drama.

KEY QUESTIONS:

In this module, the students will explore the following key questions:

  1. How does 20th century theatre differ from the Greek theatre? 

  2. What are the defining characteristics of 20th Century Drama?

MODULE CONTENT:

  • Introduction: What is twentieth Century Drama? 

  • How does Modern Theatre differ from Greek Theatre?

  • What are the characteristics of a Modern Play?

  • What are the common trends of 20thCentury Drama?

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Pre-recorded lectures

  • Pdf/PowerPoint/Lecture Notes

  • Worksheets

  • Reference Materials

ONLINE LINKS 

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoFjgE0xNs4 

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrRabDN-epM

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71EF1o4mx90 

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygx1mXJXEPU 

ASSIGNMENTS

The participants of this module will 

  • Discuss with their teacher what problems they face while learning about the 20th century theatre.

  • Complete all the activities assigned during this course.

  • Read multiple texts in order to develop a better understanding of this genre.

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Lecture Slides - by Maria
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Reference Material - by Maria
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Module 5: Recorded Lecture - by Maria
7min
Activity - by Maria
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Answer Key to Activity - by Maria
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Chapter Detail - by Maria

DURATION: 6 HRS

DESCRIPTION

This module focuses on highlighting the significance of Short Fiction as a genre and discusses the different types of Short Fiction. It also highlights how this genre evolved with the changing times in order to develop a better understanding of the learners.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

In this module, the students will learn to 

  1. Understand the significance of Short Fiction as a genre,

  2. Distinguish between different types of Short Fiction,

KEY QUESTIONS:

In this module, the students will explore the following key questions:

  1. Why is the genre of Short Fiction important to be studied in literature? 

  2. How did this genre evolve with the changing times?

MODULE CONTENT:

  • Introduction: What makes up the genre of Short Fiction? 

  • Why is Short Fiction as a genre important?

  • What are the different types of Short Fiction?

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Pre-recorded lectures

  • Pdf/PowerPoint/Lecture Notes

  • Worksheets

  • Reference Materials

ONLINE LINKS 

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ4w9ha2WXs 

  2. https://study.com/academy/lesson/short-stories-definition-characteristics-examples.html#quiz-course-links 

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1qItKJ8RiQ 

ASSIGNMENTS

The participants of this module will 

  • Discuss with their teacher what problems they face while learning about the genre of Short Fiction.

  • Complete all the activities assigned during this course.

  • Read multiple Short Fiction texts and identify what kind of Short Fiction they are as a practice.

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Lecture Slides - by Maria
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Reference Material - by Maria
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Module 6: Recorded Lecture - by Maria
10min
Activity - by Maria
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