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The Individual and Society

The Individual and Society

  • University of Delhi Department of English,
  • Author: University of Delhi Department of English,
    • ISBN:9788131704172
    • 10 Digit ISBN:8131704173
    • Price:Rs. 125.00
    • Pages:266
    • Imprint:Pearson Education
    • Binding:Paperback
    • Status:Available


    This is a prescribed textbook in Delhi University for the BA English (Discipline) course 'The Individual and Society', the concurrent inter-disciplinary course of the BA Honours Programme, and most likely for the B.Com Honours Programme. The anthology consists of essays, short stories and poems around the themes of caste, class, gender, race and war and globalization, and how these affect the individual. The ions are relevant, up-to-date for first year students in English as well as in other social sciences and humanities.

    Table of Content

    • General introduction
    • Selections: with headnotes, annotations and questions
    1. Phule—Caste Laws
    2. Omprakash Valmiki—Excerpt from Joothan : A Dalit’s Life
    3. Premchand: Deliverance
    4. Ismat Chughtai: Kallu
    5. Hira Bansode: Bosom Friend
    6. B.R. Ambedkar: Excerpt from Who Were the Shudras
    7. Virgina Woolf: Shakespeare’s Sister
    8. Tagore: The Exercise Book
    9. Jamaica Kincaid: Girl
    10. Marge Piercy: Breaking Out
    11. W.B. Yeats: A Prayer for My Daughter
    12. Eunice de Souza: Marriages Are Made
    13. Ambai: Yellow Fish
    14. Margaret Atwood: The Reincarnation of Captain Cook
    15. A.K. Ramanujan: Highway Stripper
    16. Roger Mais: Blackout
    17. Wole Soyinka: Telephone Conversation
    18. Maya Angelou: Still I Rise
    19. Nadine Gordimer: Jump
    20. Langston Hughes: Harlem
    21. Siegfried Sassoon: Return from the Somme
    22. Wilfred Owen: Dulce ed Decorum Est
    23. Edna St Vincent Millay: Conscientious Objector
    24. Henry Reed: Naming of Parts
    25. Bertolt Brecht: General, Your Tank is a Powerful Vehicle
    26. Initizar Husain: A Chronicle of the Peacocks
    27. Sadaat Hasan Manto: The Dog of Tetwal
    28. Amita Ghosh: Excerpt from the Ghosts of Mrs Gandhi
    29. Roland Barthes: Toys from Mythologies
    30. Bibhas Sen: Zero-Sum-Game
    31. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Indian Movie, New Jersey
    32. Imtiaz Dharker: At the Lahore Karhai
    33. Edward Brathwaite: Colombe
    34. Naomi Klein: The Brand Expands

    Salient Features

    • Relevant, up-to-date selections of interest to today’s students, living in a globalised world.
    • Practically all the authors are from 20th century; half from the Indian subcontinent.
    • Student-friendly selections: drawn from widely different background enabling students to compare their experience with that of people elsewhere.
    • Texts chosen for readability and subject, impact and interest, which allow them to speak for themselves.
    • • Intended to encourage students to develop their own insights and interpretations.
    • Editorial material, headnotes, annotations and questions, to help situate the texts and serve as pointers for further study.
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