Unit – I

Conceptual Framework of Comparative Literature

1. The Emergence of Comparative Literature

2. Difference/ Alterity and the Ethics of Plurality

3. Limitations of the Idea of National Literature

4. Theories of Interpretation


Unit – II

Literary Historiography

1. Sources of Literary History: Oral, Manuscriptal, Scriptal and Virtual

2. Approaches to Literary History: Integrationist and other models

3. Problems of Periodization


Unit – III

History of Comparative Literature

1. History of Comparative Literature : French, German, Russian and Tel Aviv Schools

2. Comparative Literature in India: From Tagore to the Present

3. World Literature: From Goethe to the Present

4. “The State of the Discipline” Reports


Unit – IV

Translation in Comparative Context

1. History and Politics of Translation

2. Translation as Reception

3. Problems and Promises of Translation in Multilingual Situations

4. Untranslatability and Silence


Unit – V

Poetics and Literary Theory

1. Indian Poetics: Sanskrit and Tamil

2. Perso-Arabic Traditions

3. Western Classical Literary Theory


Unit – VI

Indian Literature –I

1. Classical – Sanskrit, Tamil, Pali and other literary traditions

2. Medieval –Formations of Language-Literature (bhasha) Traditions in India;Bhakti, Santand Sufi Literature

3. Contact with West Asian, South-east Asian and South Asian literary traditions


Unit – VII

Indian Literature – II

1. Modernity as a concept

2. Colonial Modernity: Transactions with Western Forms and Literary Traditions

3. Modernity as Discourse: Multiple Modernisms in the Context of Various Language-Literatures

4. Discontents of Modernity: Literatures of Women, Adivasis, Dalits, Minorities and others


Unit – VIII

Literary Modes, Genres and Themes

1. The “literary” as a convention

2. Mode and Performativity: Tragedy, Epic and Novel

3. Genres: Theories; Taxonomy : Generic Markers and Transformations

4. Themes: Motifs, Myth, Archetypes


Unit – IX

Interdisciplinarity and Intermediality

1. Literature and Other Arts: Texts Across Mediums

2. Literary Studies and Other Disciplines


Unit – X

Literary Dialogues

1. Intertextuality, Parody and Pastiche

2. Re-writing in Diachronic and Synchronic Frames

3. Adaptation, Appropriation and Assimilation