Department of English

Pedagogy of Teaching Literature in English

Date :

15-Jan-2015

Resource Person :

Dr. Onkar Nath Upadhyay, Associate Prof. Dept. of English Lucknow University

Summary:

Dr. Onkar Nath Upadhyay emphasized the literal aspect of Language in his lecture on ‘‘Pedagogy of Teaching Literature in English’’, he talked about LSRW method that is Listening Speaking Reading and Writing respectively. Further he talked about language in imaginary terms as he elaborated this topic by giving different examples from poems which are generally supposed as imagination of poet. Further Dr Upadhyay talked about the translation of language. In translation one loses the actual tone of the indigenous language which is the core essence of any culture.
Dr Upadhyay also discussed the relationship between the teacher and the student. As he said we are all sailing in the same boat and we all are in learning process. Nobody is perfect we all are trying on our part.
As far as English is concerned it is a foreign language for all of us. It differs according to the geographical conditions of every individual. For instance Roy is Rai in northern India, Vinod is Binod in West Bengal. Hence English language is different in different geographical spaces.
Dr Upadhyay also discussed the importance of dictionary for students of literature and language. He also emphasized the need of quality books to be used by students irrespective of the author’s geographical status

Emerging Trends in Indian English Literature

Date :

20-Jan-2015

Resource Person :

Dr. Vinita Prakash, Principle IT College, Lucknow

Summary:

Dr. Vinita Prakash focused on the “Emerging Trends in Indian literature in English”. She discussed how Indians are writing back In English language to give a glimpse of their own culture, religion and ethnicity for that she gave examples of Salman Rushdie, Shashi Tharoor, Amitav Gosh etc. She also talked about women writers in English from India like Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, and Anita Desai etc.
Further Dr. Prakash remarked that several other suppressed languages like Marathi, Tamil and Telagu including tribal and Dalit literature are falling in the category of “Bhasha Literatures” have now been introduced under Masters level courses in English.
Dr. Prakash has been nominated as the ‘Woman of the Year’ (2013) in Lucknow by YWCA for her commendable work on education and empowerment of women. She further added that women can liberate themselves from the shackles of social evils and gender biasness through their writings.

English Literature and Human Values

Date :

04-Feb-2015

Resource Person :

Dr. P. S. Mishra, Principle Subhash Girls P. G. College, Lucknow

Summary:

Dr. P. S. Mishra focused on the “nuances of human values as incorporated in literature. He said literature is like a “Golden Morning” that awakens our finer sensibilities. He mentioned the works of several prominent literary figures as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton and Anold, whose works serve as a beacon light to us even in this 21st century. Further Dr. Mishra remarked that the need of the hour is to change our attitude towards life and its challenges. We must focus on doing meaningful action and effort as they are key to success and happiness. He also emphasized on striking a balance in life by welcoming the advancement of science and at the same time by holding on to our moral values and ethics.
Dr. Mishra’s Lecture was followed by an informative session by Mr. Umesh Prasad, Director American Corner, IT college, Lucknow. He gave comprehensive information about the American corner at IT College, which is infact a modern high-tech library setup by American embassy in India to help out the students and scholars interested in American studies and culture.

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Post Colonialism and Rewriting the Canon

Date :

11-Feb-2015

Resource Person :

Dr. Nazneen Khan, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, University of Lucknow

Summary:

Dr. Nazneen Khan delivered a lecture on “Post Colonialism and Rewriting the Canon”. She discussed in depth on the issue and nuances of “Post Colonialism and Rewriting the Canon”. She said the need of the hour is to free ourselves from the colonial mindset.
We should have pride in our culture, tradition and faith.
Further she emphasized on the four major slogans of Post Colonialism namely:
“Resist, rewrite, decolonize and black is beautiful”.
Dr. Khan also focused on the fact that how the colonial writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Thomas Hardy have talked about things from Eurocentric point of view. She urged all the scholars and students to liberate their minds from the so called imperial ideology.