Msm college kayamkulam (University of Kerala) M. A. Degree Course in English Language and Literature



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Non-detailed Study

(a) Poetry

Rienzi Crusz: “The Elephant who would be a Poet”

Patterson: “Waltzing Matilda”

Dorothea Mackellar: “My Country”


(b) Drama

Sharon Pollock: Blood Relations

David Williamson: Money and Friends

(c) Fiction

RohintonMistry: A Fine Balance

Carol Shields The Stone Diaries

Patrick White: Voss

Nevil Shute: A Town like Alice
Suggested Reading:

BrajKachru: The Alchemy of English



Paper XVII – Comprehensive Paper

Paper XVIII – Project and Project-based Viva Voce

Question Paper pattern

Semester One



Paper 1 – Chaucer to the Elizabethan Age
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:
Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Poetry

[2 passages from any of the prescribed poems for detailed study]



Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Drama

[2 passages from the prescribed play for detailed study]

(2 x 5 = 10)
II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11: from the detailed, non-detailed as well as from the Course description]

(4 x 5 = 20)

III. Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section


Section – A

2 Essay questions from Poetry

Question 12 from the prescribed poems for detailed study

Question 13 from the prescribed poems for non-detailed study
Section – B

3 Essay questions from Prose and Drama

Question 14 from the prescribed Essays

Question 15 from the prescribed Fiction

Question 16 from the prescribed Drama


Section– C

3 Essay questions – Questions 17, 18 and 19from the Topics in the Course Description

(3 x 15 = 45)


Paper II – Shakespeare
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:

Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Plays

[2 passages from any of the prescribed plays for detailed study]


Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Sonnets

[2 passages from the prescribed sonnets for detailed study]

(2 x 5 = 10)

II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11: from the detailed, non-detailed texts

as well as from the Course description]



  1. x 5 = 20)

III.Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section:



Section – A

3 Essay questions from Detailed plays and Sonnets

Question 12 from the prescribed first detailed play

Question 13 from the prescribed second detailed play

Question 14 based on the Sonnets of Shakespeare


Section – B

3 Essay questions from Non-detailed plays

Questions 15, 16 and 17 from the three prescribed non-detailed plays


Section – C

3 Essay questions – Questions 18 to 20from the general topics in the Course Description

(3 x 15 = 45)


Paper III – The Augustan Age
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:
Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Poetry

[2 passages from any of the prescribed poems for detailed study]


Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Drama

[2 passages from the prescribed play for detailed study]

(2 x 5 = 10)
II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11: from the detailed, non-detailed texts

as well as from the Course description]
(4 x 5 = 20)
III. Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section:
Section – A

2 Essay questions from Poetry

Question 12 from the prescribed poems for detailed study

Question 13 from the prescribed poems for non-detailed study
Section – B

3 Essay questions from Prose, Fiction and Drama

Question 14 from the prescribed Prose

Question 15 from the prescribed Fiction

Question 16 from the prescribed Drama


Section – C

3 Essay questions – Questions 17, 18 and 19 from among the general topics in the

Course Description

(3 x15 = 45)

Paper IV – The Romantic Age
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:
Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Poetry

[2 passages from any of the prescribed poems for detailed study]


Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Drama

[2 passages from the prescribed play for detailed study]

(2 x 5 = 10)

II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11 from the detailed and non-detailed texts

as well as from the Course description]

(4 x 5 = 20)

III. Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section:


Section – A

2 Essay questions from Poetry

Question 12 from the prescribed poems for detailed study

Question 13 from the prescribed poems for non-detailed study
Section – B

3 Essay questions from Prose and Fiction

Question 14 from the prescribed prose [Lamb]

Question 15 from the prescribed prose [Coleridge]

Question 16 from Walter Scott/Jane Austen/Mary Shelley


Section – C

3 Essay questions – Questions 17, 18 and 19 from the general topics in the

Course Description

(3 x 15 = 45)

Paper V – The Victorian Age
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:
Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Poetry

[2 passages from any of the prescribed poems for detailed study]


Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Drama

[2 passages from the prescribed play for detailed study]


(2 x 5 = 10)
II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11 from the detailed and non-detailed texts

as well as from the Course Description]

(4 x 5 = 20)

III. Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section
Section – A

2 Essay questions from Poetry

Question 12 from the prescribed poems for detailed study

Question 13 from the prescribed poems for non-detailed study
Section – B

3 Essay questions from Prose/Fiction/Drama

Question 14 from the prescribed prose

Question 15 from the prescribed fiction

Question 16 from the prescribed drama


Section – C

3 Essay questions fromthe general topics in the Course Description

Question 17, 18, and 19 from among the general topics in the Course Description


(3 x 15 = 45)

Paper VI – The Twentieth Century
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:
Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Poetry

[2 passages from any of the prescribed poems for detailed study]


Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Drama

[2 passages from the prescribed play for detailed study]


(2 x 5 = 10)

II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11 from the detailed and non-detailed texts

as well as from the Course Description]

(4 x 5 = 20)

III. Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section:


Section – A

2 Essay questions from Poetry

Question 12 from the prescribed poems for detailed study

Question 13 from the prescribed poems for non-detailed study
Section – B

3 Essay questions from Prose/Fiction/Drama

Question 14 from the prescribed prose

Question 15 from the prescribed fiction

Question 16from the prescribed Drama


Section – C

3 Essay questions from the topics in the Course Description

Questions 17, 18 and 19 from the general topics in the course description

(3 x15 = 45)

Paper VII – Indian Writing in English
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75
I. Write critical notes on any two of the following choosing one from each section:
Section – A

Questions 1 – 2 from Poetry

[2 passages from any of the prescribed poems for detailed study]


Section – B

Questions 3 – 4 from Drama

[2 passages from the prescribed play for detailed study]


(2 x 5 = 10)

II. Answer any four of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 5 to 11 from the detailed and non-detailed texts

as well as from the Course Description]


(4 x 5 = 20)

III. Write essays in about four pages each, on any three of the following, not omitting any section:


Section – A

2 Essay questions from Poetry

Question 12 from the prescribed poems for detailed study

Question 13 from the prescribed poems for non-detailed study
Section – B

3 Essay questions from Prose/Fiction/Drama

Question 14 from the prescribed prose

Question 15 from the prescribed fiction

Question 16 from the prescribed drama


Section – C

3 Essay questions from the general topics in the Course Description

Question 17, 18 and 19 from among the general topics in the course description

(3 x 15 = 45)

Paper VIII – Literary Theory I
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the five prescribed essays]

(6 x 5 = 30)

II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following:

[Questions 13 to 20 from the five prescribed essays]

(3 x 15 = 45)



Paper IX – Linguistics and Structure of the English Language
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer Question 1 and any five of the following each in about 300 words:

[Question 1 – a compulsory passage for phonemic transcription and

Questions 2 to 12 from the four Units prescribed]

(6 x 5 = 30)

II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following:

[Questions 13 to 20 from the four Units prescribed]
(3x 15 = 45)
Paper X – Literary Theory II
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the five prescribed essays]
(6 x 5 = 30)
II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following:

[Questions 13 to 20 from the five prescribed essays]

(3 x 15 = 45)



Paper XI. Elective 1: European Drama

Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the detailed and non-detailed plays]

(6 x 5 = 30)

II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following, not omitting any section:


Section A

[Questions 13 and 14 from the Course Description]
Section B

[Questions 15, 16 and 17 from the three detailed plays]
Section C

[Questions 18, 19 and 20 from the non-detailed plays]

(3 x 15 = 45)



Paper XII. Elective 2: African and Caribbean Literatures

Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the prescribed poems, prose and drama for detailed study]

(6 x 5 = 30)


II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following, not omitting any section:
Section A

[Questions 13 and 14 from the Course Description]
Section B

[Questions 15, 16 and 17 from Poetry and Drama]
Section C

[Questions 18, 19 and 20 from Prose and Fiction]

(3 x 15 = 45)



SEMESTER – 4

Paper XIII –English Language Teaching

Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the four Units prescribed]

(6 x 5 = 30)

II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following:



[Questions 13 to 20 from the four Units prescribed]

(3 x 15 = 45)



Paper XIV – Introduction to Cultural Studies
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the four Units prescribed]

(6 x 5 = 30)

II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following, without omitting any section:
Section A

[Questions 13 and 14 from the Course Description]
Section B

[Questions 15, 16 and 17 from Units I and II]
Section C

[Questions 18, 19 and 20 from Units III and IV]
(3 x 15 = 45)

Paper XV Elective 6: Women’s Writing
Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from Units 1 to 4]

(6 x 5 = 30)


II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following, not omitting any section:
Section A

[Questions 13 and 14 from the Course Description]
Section B

[Questions 15, 16 and 17 from Units I and II]
Section C

[Questions 18, 19 and 20 from Units III and IV]

(3 x 15 = 45)



Paper XVI. Elective 10: American Literature

Time: 3 Hours Maximum Marks: 75

I. Answer any six of the following each in about 300 words:

[Questions 1 to 12 from the prescribed poems, prose and drama for detailed study]

(6 x 5 = 30)

II. Write essays in about four pages each on any three of the following, not omitting any section:


Section A

[Questions 13 and 14 from the Course Description]
Section B

[Questions 15, 16 and 17 from Poetry and Drama]
Section C

[Questions 18, 19 and 20 from Prose and Fiction]

(3 x 15 = 45)

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