Trauma and Literature

By Prof. Avishek Parui   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1253
This course seeks to engage with the diverse ways in which literary texts have responded to traumatic and critical events in private and public history. The cultural and psychological impact of trauma in literature and society will be examined in detail through a close reading of selected texts from different literary periods, genres and traditions. Through a discussion of a range of texts, the course will map emergent critical theories in the field of trauma studies and memory studies. Exploring the relationship between trauma, memory and history, the course will also showcase the many possibilities of generating alternate histories through the re-telling of events.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : MA/PhD students and Faculty
PREREQUISITES : BA in English Literature or Cultural Studies
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1 : Toba Tek Singh, Cold Meat
Week 2 : The Other Side of Silence
Week 3 : The Fly
Week 4 : Mrs. Dalloway
Week 5 : The New Wounded
Week 6 : The Ontology of the Accident
Week 7 : Catch-22
Week 8 : Slaughterhouse-Five
Week 9 : Trauma Fiction
Week 10 : Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History
Week 11 : Beloved
Week 12 : Nervous Conditions

Books and references

The Ontology of the Accident:An Essay on Deconstructive Plasticity by Catherine Malabou 
Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life. Edited by Monica J Gasper and Eric Wertheihmer

Instructor bio

Prof. Avishek Parui

IIT Madras
Dr Avishek Parui is Assistant Professor in English at IIT Madras and Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He researches and supervises PhDs on medical humanities, masculinity studies, memory studies and postmodernism. His recent book Postmodern Literatures, has been published by Orient Blackswan.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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