Literary Theory and Forms of Literature (Hindi)

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This module will aim at promoting the understanding of literature in its psychological, artistic, social and historical contexts, understanding principles of Indian literary theory.  Students will be acquainted with the definition of Literature, scope of literature, language of literary criticism and various literary genres.

Broad features drawn from Western Literary theories (Plato’s Literary Theory, Aristotle’s Catharsis, Croce’s Expressionism, Longinus’s Sublime theory, T. S Elliot’s theory of impersonalisation) that bear a relation to Indian Literary Criticism will also be studied.


Learning Objectives 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of literary theories in Hindi 
  • Discuss major literary theories including inter alia, Ras Siddhant, Kavya Goun, Alankaar, Chand Shastra, Shabda Shakti
  • Examine characteristics of various genres and forms of literature 
  • Apply literary theories in the understanding of thematic, structural and stylistic traits of literary texts


Continuous Assessement : 40%

Written Examinations : 60 %

Course Facilitator 

Gulshan Sooklall

Senior Lecturer, Department of Hindi Studies 


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