The term ‘theory’, in the context of literature, points to the different approaches employed in the close reading of a text. It tries to look into the question of what literature is and seeks out different perspectives to create meaning out of a text. Literary theory has its roots in the ancient world, in the ideas put forth by philosophers like Plato and sage Bharata. Traditional criticism was concerned with materials outside the text like, say, the author’s biography or the text’s historical importance. Modern literary theory arose in the late 1920s and 1930s as a reaction to the traditional approaches and it focussed only on the text for eliciting meaning. In the post- and post post eras, more and more new theories camd into existence. Some of the important schools of literary theory include historical and biographical criticism, New Criticism, Formalism, Russian formalism, Structuralism, Post-structuralism, Marxism, Feminism, Post-colonialism, New Historicism, Deconstruction, Reader-response criticism,etc. The scope of literary theory is growing and today, there are plenty of emerging areas which are inter/multi-disciplinary in nature.
- Aesthetics of Poetry
- Poetics of Fiction
- Modern Literary Theory I & Modern Literary II
- Genealogies of Medicine in Colonial India
- Discourses on Colonialism: Reading India
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Research Guidance PhD
The PhD students of G. S. Jayasree have made significant contributions employing critical theories to examine literary and socio-cultural texts.
- B.S.Bini – Towards a Genealogy of Time: The Fictional World of Anand and Salman Rushdie
- Padmini Sasikumar – Mapping Cultural Identities: Literary Representation And Colonial Politics in Select Works of Salman Rushdie
- Lakshmi Priya – Antique Lands and Hungry Tides: The Cultural Universe of Amitav Ghosh
- Gireesh J – The Nation in Question: A Historicist Critique of Nationalism and Partition in Indian Fiction in English since 1980
- Smithi Mohan – Archives of Communal Violence: Bombay Riots and Gujarat Riots
- Farah Zachariah – The Economy of Photographs: Towards a Critical Hermeneutics
- Divya S – Meaning as Play: A Critique of Śūnyatā and Différance
Research Guidance MPhil
- Latha T. R. – The Imaginary Homeland in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey and A Fine Balance
- Padmini Sasikumar – Cultural Borderlands: Negotiating Identity and language in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Shame
- Jeeja.J.R. – In Other Worlds; The Immigrant Experience in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage
- Remya V – Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night :An analysis from the perspective of Indian
- Surinamol R – Dimensions of Gandhism: The Conflicts of Micro Narratives in Anti-colonial Indianans
- The Concept of Tradition in Twentieth Century British Poetry: A Marxist Analysis. W.I. Publications, 2000.
- “Oblique Mirrors: An Approach to the Heroes of Upamanyu Chatterjee.” Alienation and Identity Crisis in American Fiction and in Indian Fiction in English edited by K. Radha. Institute of English, University of Kerala, 1996.
- “Post-Colonial Theory: a Critique.” Littcrit 25.32 (Jun-Dec. 1999)
- “T. S. Eliot’s Conception of Tradition: A Sociological Reading.” Journal of Literature & Aesthetics 8.1 (Jan. – June 2000).
- “Defining Tradition: Hardy, Eliot and Larkin in Dialogue” University Criterion 1.1 (2009)
- “History and Theories of Translation: India.” Journal of Literature & Aesthetics 13.2 (July-Dec. 2013)
- “Multi-Culturalism and the New World (Dis) order.” Interactions; Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia Pacific Region edited by Dennis Haskell and Ron Shapiro. University of Western Australia and Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, Nedlands. 2000.
- “The Economy of Photographs: Possibilities for a New Reading of Riots.” Histories and Studies in Popular Culture edited by K. S. Prathap. Conference Proceedings. Pathanamthitta: P.G. Department of History, Catholicate College. 2013.