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prescribed from the following periods in English Literature : Paper 1 : 1600-1900 and Paper 2 :
There will be two compulsory questions in each paper :
topics for general study, and
|UPSC CSE English Literature Syllabus for Paper-I|
|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
1. William Shakespeare : King Lear and The Tempest.
1. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels.
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|UPSC CSE English Literature Syllabus for Paper-II|
|Note- 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.
1. William Butler Yeats. The following poems :
1. Joseph Conrad. Lord Jim.
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