Gender and literature

By Prof. Avishek Parui   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2748
Gender and Literature is an examination of selected literary texts and cultural conditions from the standpoint of gender theory. It will draw on established scholarship on gender studies and take the student through the various configurations and reconfiguration that determine gendered classifications such as masculinity and femininity.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students of English and Cultural Studies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction to Gender Studies in Literature and 'The Chess Players' by Munshi Premchand 
Week 2: 'The Chess Players’ and 'Shooting an Elephant' by George Orwell    
Week 3: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 
Week 4: 'The Fly' by Katherine Mansfield
Week 5: Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
Week 6: Look Back in Anger by John Osborne Cont.,
Week 7: Gender, Films, and Advertisements 
Week 8: Gender, Films, and Advertisements Cont.,

Books and references

1. Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
2. Masculinities, R. W. Connell
3. Literature and Gender, Lizbeth Goodman

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: 30 October 2022 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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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