Elements of Literature and Creative Communication

By Prof. H S Komalesha   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1285

This course is based on a premise that creativity and imagination have an innate ability to push the cognitive boundaries beyond the limits of logic and reason. Hence the course intends to prime the learners to better understand and appreciate life through teaching Literature as it embodies profound and aesthetic expressions of humanity. Equipped with a curated reading of poetry, fiction, and drama, it proposes to promote imaginative reading and critical thinking skills and thereby help learners in deeply engaging with people and the world around. Through lectures, interactions and assignments, the course also encourages learners to develop an awareness to recognise diversities and accommodate differences such that it fosters and fortifies the multicultural fabric of humanity. 


INTENDED-AUDIENCE:  The Course is open to everyone interested in Literature; especially, UG/PG/Research Students, Industry Associates

INDUSTRY-SUPPORT: Colleges/Universities; Publishing Industry; Training Institutes; Media, Journalism and Communication Industry.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
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 to Literature: Nature, Scope and Appreciation
Week 2: Ways of Reading Literature: Forms, Genres and Theories
Week 3: Poetry: A Tryst with Imagination
Week 4: Elements of Poetry: Genres and Types
Week 5: Contemporary Indian English Poetry
Week 6: Contemporary World Poetry 
Week 7: Fiction: Introduction to the Form and its Elements
Week 8: Fiction: Exploration and Appreciation
Week 9: Short-Fiction: Introduction, Exploration and Appreciation
Week 10: Introduction to Drama
Week 11: Drama Through the Ages: History and Theory
Week 12: Exploring Indian Drama in English

Books and references

  1.          An Introduction to Literature: Fiction, Poetry and Drama: Sylvan Barnet, 2009.

  2.          An Introduction to Literary Studies: Mario Klarer, Routledge, 2013.

  3.          A Poet’s Glossary: Edward Hirsch, 2014.

Instructor bio

Prof. H S Komalesha

IIT Kharagpur
H S Komalesha is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur. He is the author of Issues of Identity in Indian English Fiction: A Close Reading of Canonical Indian English Novels (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008). Together with a team of experts, he has published Veneration to the Elders – English translation of Vaddaradhane, the earliest extant Kannada prose work written circa 940 AD (London & New York: Routledge, 2021) and (New Delhi: Manohar Books, 2020). Under its Makers of Modern Indian Literature series, the central Sahitya Akademi – the National Academy of Letters in India (New Delhi) has featured and published two of his monographs, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu (2014) and Anupama Niranjana (2008). He has also translated and published Sankranti (Kolkata: Sampark Publishers, 2011), an iconic modernist play written by a maverick Kannada writer, P Lankesh. Many of his research articles and translations have appeared in journals of national and international repute. He Works in the penumbral spaces of Poetry, Translation, Gender and Culture Studies.

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 Kharagpur.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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