Course Code                          : Eng. 204 

Course Title                           : Introduction to Linguistics

Course Credits                      : 4

Full Marks                             : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course provides an overview of the major areas of linguistics. It focuses on the recent developments in the discipline, introducing students to the key concepts of different branches of linguistics. The course also attempts to develop an understanding of the relationship between linguistic theories and language learning.


The course aims to:

  • acquaint students with the basic nature and features of language
  • familiarize students with major concepts of linguistic enquiry
  • introduce students to core branches of linguistics.

Course Contents

  • Definition and design features of language
  • Major developments in linguistics

Major areas of Linguistics

  • Phonetics & Phonology: Speech organs, consonants, pure vowels and diphthongs, IPA symbols and transcriptions, weak forms and stress (for transcription)
  • Morphology: Morphs and morphemes, morphological processes used in English and Bengali. Morphophonemics, word formation processes
  • Syntax: Analysis of sentences and structures, clause structure, hierarchical structure, syntactic categories, syntactic functions, phrase structures
  • Semantics: Semantic relations and functions, semantic field, changes of meaning
  • Pragmatics: Speech acts, text and context, reference, politeness principle
  • Sociolinguistics: Language variations (standard language, register, dialect)
  • Psycholinguistics: Stimulus, response and reinforcement, language acquisition device (LAD), critical period hypothesis (CPH)
  • Linguistics in the 21st Century: Computational Linguistics, Ecolinguistics, Econo-linguistics, Forensic Linguistics and Post-humanist Linguistics

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the key terms, concepts, and theories of linguistics
  • provide an overview of the field of linguistics and its main branches
  • apply their knowledge of linguistics in real life contexts.

Instructional Strategies

  • Lectures, workshops and discussions
  • Oral and multimedia presentations
  • Pair/group work

Core text

Yule, G. (2020). The study of language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Recommended  Readings

Atchison, J. (2008). The articulate mammal: An introduction to psycholinguistics. New York:


Fromkin, V. (Ed.) (2000). An introduction to linguistic theory. Oxford: Blackwell.

Fromkin, V.,  Rodman, R. and Hymes, N. (2018). An introduction to language (17th edition).

Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth

Course Code                          : Eng. 205

Course Title                           : 17th and 18th Century English Literature

Course Credits                      : 4

Full Marks                             : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course introduces students to a select variety of poetry and prose from seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. It examines the historical and socio-cultural philosophical contexts in which they were written. It also traces how changing ideologies affected literary traditions, such as forms of epic, mock epic, metaphysical poetry and satire to appreciate the distinctive features of the philosophical movements of the time. Students will develop an understanding of the influence and innovation of these authors’ works on traditional literary conventions.


The course aims to:

  • introduce students to the conventions of the 17th and 18th century literary traditions
  • familiarise students with the key intellectual and philosophical changes that influenced literary conventions
  • enable students to analyse the poems, prose and essays of the periods

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify and interpret the various poetic forms and techniques of the period
  • analyse the basic structure and style of epic poems
  • appreciate the mock epic and satiric traditions and their socio-political significance
  • understand the stylistic and innovative traditions of metaphysical poetry
  • conceptualise the aesthetic dimensions of religious poetry.

Course Contents

Selections from the following:

Literary Texts:

John Milton:                                                                Paradise Lost, Book IX

Alexander Pope:                                                         The Rape of the Lock

John Donne:                                                                ‘Canonization’

‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’

‘The Extasie’

‘Thou Hast Made Me’

George Herbert:                                                          ‘Easter Wings’, ‘Collar’, ‘Altar’

Andrew Marvell:                                                         ‘To His Coy Mistress’; ‘Bermuda’

‘The Definition of Love’

Jonathan  Swift:                                                          Guilliver’s Travels

Edmund Burke:                                                          ‘Speech on the East India Bill’

Instructional Strategies

  • Lectures, workshops and discussions
  • Oral and multimedia presentations
  • Pair/group work

Core Texts

Abrams, M. (ed.). (2012). The Norton anthology of English literature. Vol. 2. W. W. Norton &


Bradbury, M. and Palmer, D. (Eds.) (1970). Metaphysical poetry. London: Edward Arnold.

Fielding, H. (2008). Tom Jones. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Recommended Readings

Baines, P. (2000). The complete critical guide to Alexander Pope. Routledge.

Belsey, C. (1988). John Milton: Language, gender power. Basil Blackwell.

Chakraborty, A. (2012). Epic and mock epic: Paradise lost and the rape of the lock. Oxford

University Press. India.

Eliot, T. S. (1921). The metaphysical poets. Metaphysical lyrics & poems of the seventeenth

century. Clarendon Press.

Evans, M. (1970). Spenser’s anatomy of heroism: A commentary on the faerie queene.

Cambridge University Press.

Keast, W. R. (1962). Seventeenth-century English poetry: Modern essays in criticism. Oxford

University Press.

White, H. C. (1936). The metaphysical poets: A study in religious experience. The Macmillan


Williamson, G. (1968). A reader’s guide to the metaphysical poets. Thames and Hudson.

Course Code:             Eng. 206

Course Title:              Romantic Poetry

Course Credits:         4

Full Marks:                100

Introduction to the Course

This course introduces students to a selection of works by major British Romantic poets. It familiarises them with the salient features of the Romantic Movement. The course will focus on the conflict between nature and industrialisation, childhood innocence and the disillusioning experience of adulthood. It also explores the role of race, class, gender, sexuality and the socio-political contexts of Romanticism.


This course aims to:

  • examine the emergence and institutionalisation of the Romantic period in English literature through reading the key poetic texts
  • identify important features of Romantic poetry and its political and socio-cultural contexts
  • critically analyse the concept of Romanticism and its characteristics through the study of the poems and critical prose of the period.

Course Contents

Contextual background

  • The French and the American Revolutions
  • Industrialisation and Urbanisation
  • The Countryside and the City Life

Critical reading

  • ‘The Preface to Lyrical Ballads’
  • Biographia Literaria: Chapters 13 and 14


Selection from the following:

William Blake:                                    Selections from Songs of Innocence: ‘Introduction’; ‘The

Echoing Green’; ‘The Chimney Sweeper’; ‘Holy

Thursday’; ‘The Lamb’; ‘The Divine Image’; ‘The Little

Black Boy’

Selections from Songs of Experience: ‘Introduction’; ‘Earth’s Answer’; ‘The Garden of Love’; ‘The Chimney Sweeper’; ‘Holy Thursday’; ‘The Tyger’; ‘London’; ‘The Sick Rose’; ‘The Human Abstract’

Mary Robinson:                                  ‘The Birth-day’; ‘Female Fashions for 1799’; ‘January,

1795’; ‘London’s Summer Morning’;

William Wordsworth:                                     ‘Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey’;

‘Michael’; ‘Ode to Intimations of Immortality’

Samuel Taylor Coleridge:                   ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’; ‘Kubla Khan’

George Gordon Byron:                       ‘Don Juan’ Canto 1 (as in Norton Anthology of English

Literature, Vol.II)

Percy Bysshe Shelley:                         ‘Mont Blanc’; ‘Ode to the West Wind’; ‘To a Skylark’

John Keats:                                         ‘Ode to a Nightingale’; ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’; ‘To

Autumn’; ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci: A Ballad’

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the historical background of British Romanticism and learn about the social, economic and political contexts of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England
  • interpret and analyse works by the major Romantic poets, taking into consideration issues such as race, class and gender
  • connect attitudes prevalent amongst Romantic poets with the contemporary world
  • develop an awareness of ethical issues pertaining to the environment highlighted in the
  • literature of the period.

Instructional Strategies

  • Lectures and discussions
  • Oral and multimedia presentation
  • Group and peer work

Core Text

Abrams, M. (ed.). (1997). The Norton anthology of English literature. Vol. 11. W. W. Norton &


Recommended Readings

Abrams, M.H. (1971). The mirror and the lamp: Romantic theory and the critical tradition.

New York: Oxford University Press.

Bowra, C.M. (1961). The romantic imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mellor, A. K. & Matlak, R. E. (2005). British Literature 1780-1830. New York: Heinle &


Ferber, M. (2010). Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

Raimond, J. & Watson, J.R. (1992). A Handbook to English Romanticism. New York: Springer.

Curran, S. (2010). The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism. Cambridge:

Cambridge University Press.

Chandler, J. & Maureen N. M. (2008). The Cambridge Companion to British

Romantic Poetry.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Trevelyan, G.M. (1973). History of England. Harlow: Longman.