Diploma in Authors of Twentieth-Century Fiction
Learn about the authors of 20th century fiction, including the themes present and critical analyses of their texts.Publisher: NPTEL
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In this course, you will be introduced to the text that critiques the alienating effects of modern urban life. These texts establish an almost romantic tone at times. You will be shown texts that raise profound questions on the definition of sanity and the thinning of boundaries between the 'mad' and the sane world. You will learn about the text which possesses momentum that is continuously frustrated by digressions.
Also, you will be introduced to the themes and motifs of ‘The Wasteland’ as it juxtaposes fragments of various elements of literary and mythic traditions with scenes and sounds from modern life. You will be shown the deconstruction of phrases such as ‘'The burial of the dead' and 'A game of chess' which help reveal motives behind the poem 'The Wasteland'. Also, you will be taught the degeneration of human relationships, the sublimation of sexual desire and the deadness of faith in 'The Wasteland'.
Furthermore, you will be taught the themes of politics and femininity present in ‘The Chess Players’. You will be shown the marginalization of women, the culture of intoxication and the sense of revenge in the story 'The Chess Players'. Finally, you will be introduced to the literary symbolism present in the poem ‘Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock’ and ‘Preludes’. You will learn about themes such as ‘Alienation and Urban Decay’ and ‘The Nature of Time’ present in the poem ‘Preludes’. After that, you will be shown themes such as ‘Loneliness’, ‘Aging’ and ‘Indecision’ present in the poem ‘Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock’. This course is important for learners who want to understand the rationale of the authors of the twentieth-century sensational texts mentioned.Start Course Now
Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock - Learning Outcomes
The Overview of Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
Liquidation of the Human-Self
Disconnection from Reality
The Overview of Preludes
Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock - Lesson Summary
The Wasteland - Learning Outcomes
The Overview of The Wasteland
A Game of Chess
The First Sermon
Death by Water
The Wasteland - Lesson Summary
Toba Tek Singh
Toba Tek Singh - Learning Outcomes
Religion as a Meta-Narrative of Identity
A Body of Trauma
The Deteriorating Dal
Toba Tek Singh - Lesson Summary
The Chess Players
The Chess Players - Learning Outcomes
The Overview of Cultural Setting
The Chessboard Warfare
Disruption of the Chess Game
The Sense of Revenge
The Chess Players - Lesson Summary
Having completed this course, you should be able to:
- Explain the literary meaning of the poem 'Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock'
- Identify the crisis of embodiment in 'Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock'
- Discuss the literary symbolism present in 'The Wasteland'.
- Summarize the poem stanza 'A Game of Chess' in 'The Wasteland'.
- Explain the sublimation of sexual desire in 'The Wasteland'.
- Discuss the literary symbolism present in the story 'Toba Tek Singh'.
- Describe the madhouse in the story 'Toba Tek Singh'.
- Recognize the reconfiguration of reality in the story 'Toba Tek Singh'.
- State the allegory of the story 'The Chess Players'.
- Analyze the marginalization of women in 'The Chess Players'.
- Describe the allegory of the poem 'Preludes'
- State the exhaustion of significance in 'Preludes'.
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