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Postmodernism in Literature


This is an eight-week course pitched at the Postgraduate level to provide an overview of a theoretical understanding of the fundamentals of Postmodernism in Literature. Through a discussion of seminal texts, key ideas and critical events in the 20th century, the course maps the dominant socio-cultural and literary practices usually labelled as Postmodernism. Ranging from popular culture to particular theories, from literary events to ideological debates, this course attempts to cover a wide variety of topics and frameworks, to enable a critical understanding of Postmodernism in Literature. The course includes the discussion of selected literary texts and engages with various literary critical approaches from different paradigms including Feminism and Postcolonialism.

Students of English Literature


INDUSTRY SUPPORT:  Only academics



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Dr.Merin Simi Raj 
teaches in the Dept.of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras.Her teaching and research interests include literary  historiography, Literary Criticism, Indian writing in English, Postcolonial literature and Narratives of marginality.


WEEK 1: Introducing Postmodernism -Definitions, Concepts, General Online background
WEEK 2: Reading the seminal texts and events which define Postmodernism-Online Lyotard,Barthes
WEEK 3: Locating the Postmodern in the contemporary
WEEK 4: Postmodernism in literature and historical survey
WEEK 5: Postmodernism as a literary critical approach
WEEK 6: Detailed study of selected texts - Prose
WEEK 7: Detailed study of selected texts, Poetry and drama
WEEK 8: Detailed study of selected texts - miscellaneous

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: April 28th 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.