Kerala PSC Collegiate Education Lecturer in English Syllabus

Extra Ordinary Gazette Date: 11.12.2019
Last Date : 15.01.2020
English – Category No. 287/2019

From Early English Literature to 18th century
Module 1

For detailed study

John Donne – Batter My Heart, Canonization
Milton – Lycidas, Paradise Lost – Book 9
John Dryden – Macflecknoe
Thomas Gray – Elegy Written in a Country churchyard
William Shakespeare – Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Sonnets No 18, 30, 116
Alexander Pope – Rape of the Lock
Christopher Marlowe – Doctor Faustus
Francis Bacon – Of Books, Of Marriage and Single Life, Of Truth
Jonathan Swift – The Battle of the Books
Robert Burns – A Red, Red Rose
William Blake – The Tyger, The Lamb

Module 2
Non Detailed Study

Ballads – Sir Patrick Spence, Chevy Chase
Geoffrey Chaucer – Prologue to the Canterbury Tales
Thomas Kyd – The Spanish Tragedy
Edmund Spencer – Epithalamion
Andrew Marvell – To His Coy Mistress
Richard Sheridan – The School for Scandal
Sir Thomas More – Utopia
Samuel Richardson – Pamela
Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe

The Romantic and Victorian Period
Module 3

For Detailed Study
William Wordsworth – Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections
of Early Childhood
Samuel Coleridge – Kubla Khan
John Keats – Ode to a Nightingale
P B Shelley – Ode to the West Wind
Lord Byron – The Prisoner of Chillon
Lord Tennyson – Ulysses, Lotos Eaters
Mathew Arnold – The Scholar Gypsy, Dover Beach
Robert Browning – Andrea del Sarto
G.M. Hopkins – The Pied Beauty
Thomas de Quincey – On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth
Charles Lamb – Oxford in Vacation, Dream Children
Oscar Wilde – The Importance of Being Earnest

Non detailed study
Module 4
William Wordsworth – Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
Olauda Equiano – The Interesting Narrative (Chapter 4 and 5)
P.B. Shelley – The Cenci
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Ubervilles
Jane Austen – Mansfield Park
Walter Scott – Ivanhoe

Twentieth Century British Literature
Module 5

For Detailed Study
W.B.Yeats – The Second Coming, Sailing to Byzantium
T.S.Eliot – The Wasteland
W.H. Auden – In Memory of W.B. Yeats
Dylan Thomas – Poem in October
Sylvia Plath – Daddy
Philip Larking – Church Going
Carol Ann Duffy – Anne Hathaway
Ted Hughes – Thought Fox
Thom Gunn – On the Move
G.B. Shaw – Pygmalion
T.S. Eliot – Murder in the Cathedral
J.M. Synge – Playboy of the Western World
Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot
Harold Pinter – The Birthday Party
T.S. Eliot – Tradition and Individual Talent
Virginia Woolf – Modern Fiction

Non Detailed Study
Module 6

F.R. Leavis – The Great Tradition
Joseph Conrad – The Heart of Darkness
Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway
James Joyce – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
George Orwell – 1984
John Fowles – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Angela Carter – Nights at the Circus
Caryll Churchill – Top Girls

Indian Writing in English
Module 7

For detailed Study
Rabindranath Tagore – Poems 1 to 20 from Gitanjali
Sri Aurobindo – The Trance of Waiting
Sarojini Naidu – Coromandel Fishers
Kamala Das – My Grandmother’s House, Freaks
Nissim Ezeliek – Background, Casually
A.K. Ramanujan – A River, The Striders
Girish Karnad – Nagamandala
Manjula Padmanabhan – Harvest
Mahesh Dattani – Dance like a Man
S. N. Dasgupta – The Theory of Rasa
Kunjunni Raja – Theory of Dhwani

For Non detailed Study
Module 8

Vijay Tendulakar – The Court is in Session
Mulk Raj Anand – The Untouchable
Raja Rao – The Serpent and the Rope
Anita Desai – Clear Light of Day
R.K. Narayan – Malgudi Days
Salman Rushdie – Midnighht’s Children
Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
A.K. Ramanujan – Is there an Indian Way of Thinking: An Informal Essay

American Literature
Module 9

For detailed Study
Walt Whitman – Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Emily Dickinson – I felt a funeral
Robert Frost – Home Burial
Wallace Stephens – Sunday Morning
Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven
Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman
Eugene O Neil – Emperor Jones
Tennesee Williams – The Glass Menagerie

For Non detailed Study
Module 10

Emerson – Self Reliance
Thoreau – Civil Disobedience
Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman
E E Cummings – Buffallo Bills
Allen Ginsberg – America
Gertrude Stein – Daughter
Hawthorne – The Scarlett Letter
Herman Melville – Moby Dick
Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea
Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye

Structure of English Language and Linguistics
Module 11

Indo European Family of Languages-Old English, Middle English, Modern English
Phonetics and Phonology-General phonetics-Phonetic transcription- Stress- Intonation
Morphology; Traditional Grammar and Modern Grammar- Form class words-Function Class Words- Fallacies- Saussure- Structuralism Syntax-PS Grammar-TG Grammar-Deep Structure-Surface Structure- Chomsky’s Trace Theory- Case Grammar, Systemic, Stratification and Tagmemics
Semantics- Lexical semantics-Metaphor-Figures of speech
Linguistics- Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics

English Language Teaching
Module 12

Key concepts in ELT- ESL- EFL- Mother tongue interference
Methods of teaching – Grammar Translation Method, Direct Method, Audio Visual Method, Suggestopaedia, Community Language Learning
Learning Theories- Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Constructivism
Learner Factors, Teaching Aids, ICT
Types of tests- Tools for Evaluation- Error Analysis and Remedial Teaching

Literary Criticism
Module 13

Aristotle – Poetics
Philip Sydney – An Apologie for Poetry
Samuel Coleridge – Biographia Literaria (Chapter 14)
Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own.
T. S. Eliot – Tradition and Individual Talent
Northrop Frye – Archetypes of Literature
Cleanth Brooks- The Language of Paradox
Edmund Wilson –“Marxism and Literature”.
Elaine Showalter – “Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness”.
Jacques Derrida- “Differance”.
Karl Marx- “The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof”
Sigmund Freud – “The Conscious and the Unconscious”; “The Id and The Ego”; “The Ego and the Super Ego” Beyond the Pleasure Principles and Other Writings
Jurgen Habermas– “Modernity- An Incomplete Project”
Raymond Williams– “Tradition, Institution, Formations”
Stephen Greenblatt – “Shakespeare and the Exorcists”
Michel Foucault – “Two Lectures” from Power/Knowledge, “The Unities of Discourse” from the Archaeology of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language
Edward W. Said – “Introduction to Orientalism”.
Helen Cixous – “The Laugh of the Medusa”
Eve Sedgwick – Epistemology of the Closet

Module 14
Culture Studies

Theodor W. Adorno – “Culture Industry Reconsidered” (pp 98 -107) in
Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture
Stuart Hall – “Encoding/Decoding” from Culture, Media, Language.
Laura Mulvey – “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”
Judith Butler – “Subject of Sex/Gender/Desire” from Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.
Angela McRobbie – “Postmodernism and Popular Culture”.

The candidates are expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of
recent trends relating to

1. Post Colonialism
2. Eco Criticism
3. Queer Theory
4. Trauma Theory
5. New Feminisms
6. New Historicism
7. Culture Studies
8. Diasporic Writing
9. Public Sphere
10. Meta Narratives, Hyper Reality & Simulacra


Join Online Coaching for the Post of Lecturer in English


📌 No Time Constraints

📌 Printable materials in pdf

📌Access to the World’s Largest Database of MCQs (

📌 100+ Study Guides

📌 250+ Audio Lectures from the Teaching Company

📌 Video Lectures

📌 Literary Theory and Criticism Notes Prepared by

📌 Infographics on Literature Topics by CourseHero and LitCharts

📌 Mock Tests

📌 Instant Technical Support

📌 Customized Materials

Course Fee: 3000

WhatsApp Your Name and Details at 9048050200


download (1)


Categories: PSC

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

3 replies

  1. Isn’t this the syllabus of the 2015 notification? Will it be the same for the upcoming exam as well?

  2. How many posts are there for English?

  3. Hello sir,
    I would like to know more about how to apply for kerala psc for the post of lecturer in English. Could you please guide me through the details?

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: