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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: BhoomikaMeiling, Usha Mudiganti and Amit Singh
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Pre-requisites: No pre-requisites
Aim: This course has a threefold objective-- to teach students how to appreciate the cultural output of the Victorian Age in forms other than literary viz. painting; how as post-colonial readers we can look at and compare different works of art as concealing or revealing concerns resonating with important critical issues of the day like racism, gender stereotypes and inequality, slave trade and poverty; and how artists and writers responded in the Victorian age to their cultural legacy and their politico-social background through movements such as the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Oxford Movement. On finishing the course, the student will have learnt the basics of Victorian poetry and have gained a general understanding of its nexus with Victorian painting. Through a comparative reading of different versions (in paint) of the same poem, one expects students to critically engage with and react to differences in perspective.
Course Outcomes: On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
In this course, students would find an opportunity to understand the works of some reputed painters who influenced many writers through their paintings and defined the way we look at the Victorian Age today. The course would also seek to consolidate their knowledge of the Victorian canon of poetry and to introduce them to some poets from outside this canon. The course will be spread over 8 modules. In each module, a poem and a painting will be studied together.
Module 1: Alfred Tennyson
Module 2: Robert Browning
Module 3: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Module 4: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Module 5: Richard Dadd
Module 6: Christina Rossetti
Module 7: Coventry Patmore
Module 8: Gerard Manley Hopkins
Assessment Details with weights:
As Indicated in the description of modules above
Selections from Ways of Seeing by John Berger will be used as background reading.