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May 27, 2014

Writers and Books

Writers and Books

Scott Fitzgerald 
*This Side of Paradise 
*The Beautiful and Damned 
*Tender Is the Night 
*The Great Gatsby 
*The Love of the Last Tycoon

Jane Austin:
*Pride & Prejudice 
*Sense & Sensibility 
*Mansfield Park 
*Northanger Abbey 

Oscar Wilde:
*Lady Windermere's Fan 
*A Woman of no Importance 
*An Ideal Husband 
*The Importance of Being Earnest 

HG Wells:
*The Time Machine 
*The New Machiavelli 
*Joan & Peter 
*The Soul of a Bishop 
*Outline of History 
*A Year of Propheysying

Lyly : 
+Sapho & Phao 
+Mother Bombie 
+Love Metamorphosis 
+The Woman in the Moon

+The Egoist 
+The Ordeal of Richard Feuerel 
+The Adventure of Henry Richmond 
+Beavchamp's Career 
+Diana of the Crossways

Walter Scott 
+Guy Mannering 
+The Antiquary 
+Black Dwarf 
+Old Morality 
+Rob Roy 
+The Heart of Midlothian 

Walter Scott: Poetry 
+The Lady of the Last Minstrel 
+The Lady of the Lake 
+The Bridal of Triermain 
+The Lord of the Isles

Milton :
1630-On Shakespeare 
32:Il Penseroso 
67:Paradise Lost 
71:Paradise Regained & Samson Agonistes

Cynewulf Works 
* Dream of the Rod 
* Elene 
* Juliana 
* The Battle of Brunaburh 
* The Fates of the Apostles 
* Christ II (The Ascension)

JM Synge 
*In the Shadow of the Glen 
*Riders of the Sea 
*Well of the Saints 
*The Aran Islands 
*Playboy of the WesternWorld 
*Last Black Supper

*Workers in the Dawn 
*The Unclassed 
*The Nether World 
*Grub Street 
*The Odd Women 
*Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

*The Persians 
*Seven against Thebes 
*Prometheus Bound

Almayer's Folly 
An Outcast of the Islands 
Lord Jim 
The Secret Agent 
The Rover 
The Shadow Line 
Heart of Darkness 

Northrop Frye 
*Fearful Symmetry 
*Anatomy of Criticism 
*A Study of English Romanticism 
*The Modern Century 
*On Education 
*On Religion

RK Narayan 
*Swami & Friends 
*The Bachelor of Arts 
*The Financial Expert 
*Waiting for the Mahatma 
*The Guide 
*The Vendor of Sweet 
*Mr Sampath

John Banville Pseudonym-Benjamin Black 
*The Book of Evidence 
*The Ark 
*The Untouchable 
*The Sea

May 23, 2014

Simone de Beauvoir on Women

Copy from : Philosophy Now Magazine
Becoming A Woman: Simone de Beauvoir on Female Embodiment
by: Felicity Joseph

Felicity Joseph finds that sometimes it’s hard to become a woman.
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”
Simone de Beauvoir
Generally for existentialists, one is not born anything: everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don ’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. Simone de Beauvoir, although an avowed life-long existentialist, posits limits to this central existentialist idea of self-creation and self-definition, qualifying the absolute freedom Jean-Paul Sartre posited in Being and Nothingness. By contrast de Beauvoir presents an ambiguous picture of human freedom, in which women struggle against the apparent disadvantages of the female body.

In The Second Sex, her most famous work, de Beauvoir sketches a kind of existential history of a woman ’s life: a story of how a woman’s attitude towards her body and bodily functions changes over the years, and of how society influences this attitude. Here de Beauvoir raises the core question of female embodiment: Are the supposed disadvantages of the female body actual disadvantages which exist objectively in all societies, or are they merely judged to be disadvantages by our society? She answers this question by exploring case studies of the various stages of female life. In these case studies the female body is presented as both positive and negative, and women as both oppressed and free. A woman ’s body is the site of this ambiguity, for she can use it as a vehicle for her freedom and feel oppressed by it. There is no essential truth of the matter: it depends upon the extent to which a woman sees herself as a free subject rather than as the object of society ’s gaze.

May 15, 2014

UGC NET June 2013 Paper II

UGC NET June 2013 Paper II

1. In Pinter’s Birthday Party, Stanley is given a birthday present. What is it ?
(A) A toy
(B) A piano
(C) A drum
(D) A violin

2. How does Lord Jim end ?
(A) Jim is shot through the chest by Doramin.
(B) Jim kills himself with a last unflinching glance.
(C) Jim answers “the call of exalted egoism” and betrays Jewel.
(D) Jim surrenders himself to Doramin.

3. “Where I lacked a political purpose, I wrote lifeless books.” To which of the following  authors can we attribute the above admission ?
(A) Graham Greene
(B) George Orwell
(C) Charles Morgan
(D) Evelyn Waugh

May 11, 2014

Problems of Belief & Unbelief


Does God Exist?

William Lane Craig says there are good reasons for thinking that He does.

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology, California, and founded the organization Reasonable Faith (please visit His book, A Reasonable Response, is due out soon, answering questions unbelievers and believers often pose.

May 5, 2014

UGC-NET Comparative Literature

1. The term ‘Comparative Literature’ was  first used in English in 1848 by _____.
 (A) Walter Pater
 (B) Matthew Arnold
 (C) John Ruskin
 (D) D.G. Rossetti

2. The first academic treatment to the  subject of Comparative Literature was given by ______ in his book called  Comparative Literature.
 (A) H.M. Posnett
 (B) Francois Jost
 (C) Elisabeth Frenzel
 (D) N.P. Stallknecht

3. Who is of the view that a study of  literary relationships is dangerous ?
 (A) Horst Frenz
 (B) René Etiémble
 (C) S.S. Prawar
 (D) Jean M. Carré 

4. According to H.H. Remak, ‘World  Literature’, when compared to Comparative Literature, suggests an element of _______.
(A) Space
(B) Quality
(C) Time
(D) Intensity

5. The methodology of influence study  was advocated by _________.
 (A) The French School of  Comparatists
 (B) The American School of  Comparatists
 (C) The German Comparatists
 (D) The Russian Comparatists

May 1, 2014

Abandon (Nearly) All Hope:

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Abandon (Nearly) All Hope:  


Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and the author of several books, including “The Ethics of Deconstruction,” “Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine” (with Jamieson Webster) and the forthcoming “Bowie.” He is the moderator of this series.
With Easter upon us, powerful narratives of rebirth and resurrection are in the air and on the breeze. However, winter’s stubborn reluctance to leave to make way for the pleasing and hopeful season leads me to think not of cherry blossoms and Easter Bunnies but of Prometheus, Nietzsche, Barack Obama and the very roots of hope. Is hope always such a wonderful thing? Is it not rather a form of moral cowardice that allows us to escape from reality and prolong human suffering?
Is hope always such a wonderful thing? Is it not rather a form of moral cowardice that allows us to escape from reality?

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