Twentieth Century Fiction

By Prof. Avishek Parui   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 869
This course seeks to study some of the key texts in late nineteenth-century and twentieth-century fiction that engage with issues such as imperialism, modernity, trauma, embodiment, agency and identity. Through a careful study of selected literary texts and their cultural contexts, the course aims to offer a complex understanding of fiction, reality and representation. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Students pursuing B.A and M.A in English or Cultural Studies 
PRE- REQUISITES  : B.A in English or Cultural Studies 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 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; The Postmaster 
Week 2 : Heart of Darkness 
Week 3 : Prufrock and Other Observations 
Week 4 : The Waste Land 
Week 5 : Dubliners 
Week 6 : Mrs Dalloway 
Week 7 : Ulysses 
Week 8 : The Fly 
Week 9 : Solid Objects 
Week 10: Toba Tek Singh 
Week 11: The Chess Players
Week 12: Conclusion

Teaching Assistants :

1.Soham Chakraborty
2.Shiji Mariam

Books and references

The Postmaster; Heart of Darkness; Prufrock and Other Observations; The Waste Land; Dubliners; Mrs. Dalloway; Ulysses; The Fly; Solid Objects; Toba Tek Singh; The Chess Players 

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: 23 April 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 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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