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english literature optional HCS mains syllabus

HCS Syllabus: English Literature HCS Mains Optional Syllabus

HPSC HCS mains optional subject syllabus

The Syllabus consists of two parts designed to test a first hand and critical reading of texts prescribed from
the following periods in English Literature; Part I : 1600-1900 and Part II : 1900-1990.

Part-I
Texts for detailed study are listed below. Candidates will also be required to show adequate knowledge of
the following topics and movements: Metaphysical Poetry; The Epic and the Mock-epic. The Romantic Movement;
The Rise of the Novel; The Victorian Age.

Section (A)
1. William Shakespeare: King Lear and The Tempest.

2. John Donne. The following poems:

– Canonization.

– Death be not proud.

– The Good Morrow.

– On his Mistress going to bed.

3. John Milton: Paradise Lost I

4. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock.

5. William Wordsworth. The following poems:

– Ode on Intimations of Immortality.

– Tintern abbey.

– Three years she grew in Sun and Shower

– She dwelt among the untrodden ways.

– Michael.

– Resolution and Independence.

– The World is too much with us.

– Upon Westminster Bridge.

6. Alfred Tennyson : In Memoriam

Section (B)

1. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.

2. Henry Fielding. Tom Jones.

3. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.

4. George Eliot. The Mill on the Floss.

5. Thomas Hardy. Tess of the d‘Urbervilles.

Part–II
Texts for detailed study are listed below. Candidates will also be required to show adequate knowledge of the following topics and movements. Modernism; The stream–of–consciousness Novel; Indian Writing in English; Marxist.

Section–(A)

1. William Butler yeats. The following poems:

– Easter 1916.

– The Second Coming.

– A Prayer for my daughter.

– Sailing to Byzantium.

– The Tower Among School Children.

– Leda and the Swan.

– Meru.

– The Second Coming.

2. T.S. Eliot. The following poems :

– The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.

– Journey of the Magi.

3. W.H. Auden. The following poems:

– Partition.

– Musee des Beaux Arts

– In Memory of W.B. Yeats.

– Lay your sleeping head, my love

– The Unknown Citizen.

– Consider.

– The Shielf of Achilles

– September 1, 1939.

– Petition.

4. Philip Larkin. The following poems:

– Next

– Please

– Deceptions

– Afternoons
(All these poems are available in the anthology Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets, edited by R. Parthasarthy, published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi).

Section (B)
1. D.H. Lawrence. Sons and Lovers. 

2. E.M. Forster. A Passage to India.

3. Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway.

4. Raja Rao. Kanthapura.