UPSC English Optional Syllabus For IAS Mains 2023 PDF

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Official UPSC Optional English Paper 1 And 2 Syllabus

The syllabus consists of two papers, designed to test a first-hand and critical reading of texts prescribed from the following periods in English Literature : Paper 1 : 1600-1900 and Paper 2 : 1900–1990.

There will be two compulsory questions in each paper : (a) A short-notes question related to the topics for general study, and (b) A critical analysis of UNSEEN passages both in prose and verse.

PAPER-1

(Answers must be written in English)

Texts for detailed study are listed below. Candidates will also be required to show adequate knowledge of the following topics and movements :

The Renaissance; Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama; Metaphysical Poetry; The Epic and the Mock-epic; Neo-classicism; Satire; The Romantic Movement; The Rise of the Novel; The Victorian Age.

Section A
PoetsPoems
William ShakespeareKing Lear and The Tempest
John Donne. The following poemsDeath be not proudCanonizationThe Good MorrowThe RelicOn his Mistress going to bed
John MiltonParadise Lost, I, II, IV, IX
Alexander PopeThe Rape of the Lock
William Wordsworth: The following poems:Tintern AbbeyOdeon Intimations of Immortality.Three years she grewMichaelShe dwelt among untrodden waysIndependence and ResolutionThe World is too much with usUpon Westminster BridgeMilton, thou shouldst be living at this hour
Alfred TennysonIn Memoriam
Henrik IbsenA Doll’s House
Section B
NovelistsNovels
Jonathan SwiftGulliver’s Travels.
Jane AustenPrejudice and Pride
Charles DickensHard Times
Henry FieldingTom Jones
Thomas HardyTess of the d’Urbervilles
George EliotThe Mill on the Floss
Mark TwainThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

PAPER-2

(Answers must be written in English)

Texts for detailed study are listed below. Candidates will also be required to show adequate knowledge of the following topics and movements :

Modernism; Poets of the Thirties; The stream-of-consciousness Novel; Absurd Drama; Colonialism and Post-Colonialism; Indian Writing in English; Marxist, Psychoanalytical and Feminist
approaches to literature; Post-Modernism.

Section A
PoetsPoems
William Butler Yeats:Easter 1916A Prayer for my daughterThe Second ComingSailing to ByzantiumAmong School ChildrenThe TowerMeruLeda and the SwanLapis Lazuli
T.S. Eliot:Journey of the MagiLove Song of J.Alfred PrufrockBurnt Norton
W.H. Auden:Musee des Beaux-ArtsPartitionin Memory of W.B. YeatsThe Unknown CitizenLay your sleeping head, my loveMundus Et InfansConsiderSeptember 1, 1939The Shield of AchillesPetition
John OsborneLook Back in Anger
Samuel BeckettWaiting for Godot
Philip Larkin:NextPleaseDeceptionsAfternoonsDaysMr. Bleaney
A.K. Ramanujan:A RiverLooking for a Causim on a SwingLove Poem for a Wife 1Of Mothers, among other ThingsSmall-Scale Reflections on a Great HouseObituary
Section B
NovelistNovels
James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Joseph ConradLord Jim
D.H. LawrenceLovers and Sons
E.M. ForsterA Passage to India
Virginia WoolfMrs Dalloway
Raja RaoKanthapura
V.S. NaipaulA House for Mr Biswas
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Language English
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