Content Writers for American Literature & twentieth Century Literature

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Scholars of American Literature and Twentieth-Century English Literature are invited to contribute e-content for E-Pathshala, a major project of the University Grants Commission, India. The idea is to develop material for an online portal that caters to the needs of English Literature students at the PG level.

Each entry will be between 3,500 and 4,000 words and will follow a particular format (to be communicated later). A contributor may write one or several entries. There will be a remuneration of Rs.7000/- per module (approx. 125 USD). The Content Writers would be given the credit for creating the content. Content writers would also be eligible for adding to their Academic Performance Index – API points to be credited will be decided on shortly.

Those interested in participating in this project may send an expression of interest along with a short bio, official designation and e -mail id latest by January 15, 2013. The list of topics for which e-content is needed is given below. Some of them are already taken, so please give several choices in order of preference.

Further details on format and guidelines will be sent once the team of content writers is finalized.

Prof Manju Jaidka
Dept of English, Panjab University
Chandigarh, India

Twentieth Century English Literature

Unit 1: Background – Political, economic, intellectual and literary background, post-Empire Britain 2 modules
Movements and trends (-isms, etc) 3 modules

Unit 2: Fiction –James Joyce: Ulysses 2 modules
D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers 1 module
Virgina Woolf: To the Lighthouse 1 module
E.M. Forster: A Passage to India 1 module

Unit 3 Fiction – George Orwell: 1984 1 module
Aldous Huxley: Brave New World 1 module
William Golding: Lord of the Flies 1 module
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day 1 module
Muriel Spark: Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1 module

Unit 4 Poetry –
War Poets:
Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke 1 module
Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, Stephen Spender 1 module
W.B. Yeats: Poems 1 module
T.S. Eliot: The Waste Land, Prufrock 2 modules

Unit 5 Poetry – Dylan Thomas 1 module
W.H. Auden 1 module
Ted Hughes 1 module
Philip Larkin 1 module
Seamus Heaney 1 module

Unit 6 Drama – Introduction 1 module
J.M. Synge: Playboy of the Western World 1 module
Oscar Wilde: Importance of Being Earnest 1 module
John Osborne: Look Back in Anger 1 module
T.S. Eliot: The Family Reunion 1 module

Unit 7 Drama
Tom Stoppard:
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead 1 module
Harold Pinter: The Birthday Party 1 module
Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot 1 module
Arnold Wesker: Roots 1 module
Caryl Churchill: Top Girls 1 module


Unit I: Historical, Social and Literary Background :

American Renaissance (1876-1914)
Frontier Consciousness
The American Dream
Suffragette Movement and Women's Liberation 1 module

(American Literature: the Beginnings)
The Colonial Period
Early American Literature (Novel)
Early American Literature (Poetry)
Early American Literature (Drama) 1 module

(Twentieth-Century American Literature)
Depression and Post-War Literature
Short Fiction, Prose 1 module
Poetry and Drama 1 module
Novel 1 module

Unit II
Contemporary American Literature,
Multi-Ethnic Literatures 1 module
Native American 1 module
African American 1 module
Jewish-American 1 module
Asian-American Writing 1 module

Unit III
Literary Trends and Movements:
Transcendentalism, American Naturalism 1 module
Regionalism and Local Color 1 module
The Blues, Harlem Renaissance 1 module
The Beats, Confessional Poetry 1 module
Black Mountain and Projective Verse 1 module

Unit IV: Non-Fiction Prose:
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"The American Scholar" and "Nature" 1 module

Henry David Thoreau: "Civil Disobedience" and Martin Luther King: "I Have a Dream" 1 module
Sojourner Truth: "Ain't I a Woman?" and Alice Walker: "In Search of our Mother's Garden" 1 module
Langston Hughes:
"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" 1 module
Adrienne Rich:
"When we Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-vision" 1 module

Unit V: The Novel
Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady 1 module
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter 1 module
Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye 1 module
Saul Bellow: Herzog 1 module
Hemingway: Old Man and the Sea 1 module

Unit VI: Poetry
Emily Dickinson:
"The soul selects her own society," "I heard a fly buzz when I died," "the World is not conclusion," "It was not Death for I stood up," "Because I could not stop for Death," "I dreaded that first Robin, so," "He fumbles at your soul."
1 module
Wallace Stevens:
"A High-toned Old Christian Woman"
"Anecdote of the Jar"
"Sunday Morning"
"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
"The Idea of Order at Key West" 1 module

Robert Frost:
"Mending Wall"
"After Apple Picking"
"The Road Not Taken
"Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening"
"Desert Places"
"Neither Out Far Nor In Deep" 1 module

Adrienne Rich 1 module
Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton 1 module

Unit VII: Drama
Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman 1 module
Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie 1 module
Eugene O'Neill: Desire Under the Elms 1 module
David Henry Hwang: M. Butterfly 1 module
August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 1 module