DISCIPLINE COURSES II

ASSAMESE

Semester Paper

Title

Classes MM

III

1

Assamese Language and IndianLinguistics

56

100

IV

2

Assamese Literature and History

56

100

V

3

Assamese Culture, Literature andFolklore

56

100

VI

4

Assamese Literature and Psychology

56

100

VII

5

Assamese Literature, society and environment

56

100

VIII

6

Assamese Literature and Philosophy

56

100

Every semester Teaching will be spread over 16 weeks including 2 weeks for review

PAPER – 1: Indian Linguistics and Assamese Language

Outline of the Course

The course, being interdisciplinary in nature, attempts to establish the relationship between Assamese language and linguistics as an area of investigation. While considering linguistics as a discipline and the need to know the basic linguistics features of Assamese language the course explores the scope of knowing the important philological features of Assamese, different varieties of Assamese language, the linguistic situation of Assam, its relationship with the neighboring languages, and the development of Assamese language and script.

Medium of teaching and examination: ASSAMESE

Organization of Teaching

The course is of six units, which will be covered under 56 lectures and 14 hours will be allotted for presentation in a semester. 6 themes, distributed under 6 units, are identified keeping in mind 14 weeks teaching (one theme in 2 weeks and 2 weeks for special discussion on selected topics leading to project work).

Units:

1. Introduction to language and linguistics

2. Development of Assamese language.

3. Identification of important philological features of Assamese language.

4. Syntax and semantics of Assamese language

5. Assamese language: Regional varieties.

6. Development of Assamese script.

Teaching material
Texts:

1. Assamese Its Formation & Development : Banikanta Kakati

2. Bhasa-Bigyanar bhumika : Ramesh Pathak

3. Upabhasa-Bigyan : Dipankar Maral

4. Asomiya lipi : U.N. Goswami

Selected sections from these texts and other reading materials will be compiled and made available to the students

Assessment

The assessment of the students’ performance will be through: (i) Written examination (75 marks) (ii) Project work & Internal assessment (25 marks)

Project Work:

The students are expected to submit one project assignment, which will provide scope to express their knowledge of language and literature. Evaluation of their performance in project work will be based on their knowledge of the language, collection of the information, writing style and presentation.

PAPER – 2: Assamese Literature and History

Outline of the Course

The course, attempts to focus on the relationship between Assamese literature and history of Assam. Besides highlighting the basics of historiography, it is expected to make the students aware of important events of Assamese history and historical writings in Assam. Based on the literary texts of historical importance, the course on one hand exposes the historical facts and their depiction in literature and in other it also stands to argue literature as an authentic historical document. As a result a new genre of writings, as historical writings, has emerged in Assamese literature. This also focuses on the early attempts of history writing in Assamese language.

Medium of teaching and examination: ASSAMESE

Organization of Teaching

The course is of six units, which will be covered under 56 lectures and 14 hours will be allotted for presentation in a semester. 6 themes, distributed under 6 units, are identified keeping in mind 14 weeks teaching (one theme in 2 weeks and 2 weeks for special discussion on selected topics leading to project work).

Units:

1. Introduction: relationship between literature and history

2. Important events in 20th century history of Assam

3. Oral history and the tradition of writing history in Assamese

4. History writings and literary texts on history

5. Historical novels in Assamese literature (A study of text)

6. Historical plays in Assamese literature (A study of text)

Teaching material
Texts:

1. Asomiya sahityar samikshatmak itibritta : SatyendraNath Sarma

2. Asomiya sahityar ruprekha :Maheswar Neog

3. Bhanumati : Padmanath Gohainbarua

4. Manomati : Rajanikanta Bordoloi

5. Gadadhar Roja :Lakhminath Bezbaruah

6. Nilambar : Prasannalal Choudhury

These texts and other reading materials will be compiled and made available to the students

Assessment

The assessment of the students’ performance will be through: (i) Written examination (75 marks) (ii) Project work & Internal assessment (25 marks)

Project Work:

The students are expected to submit one project assignment, which will provide scope to the students to express their liking towards their language, literature and culture. A list of topics will be made available to them in the beginning of the course. Evaluation of their performance in project work will be based on their knowledge of the language, collection of the information, presentation and style of narration.

PAPER – 3: Assamese Literature, Culture and Folklore

Outline of the Course

The aim of the course is to focus literature as the source to understand and explain the Ethnography, Folklore and Culture of a society. The folklore and culture of Assam, performing tradition of Assam, and other related materials of culture will be the basis of this course. Besides, considering the tribal population of Assam and the wide varieties it exhibits, tribal life of Assam as depicted in Assamese writings will be an interesting area of study. The course aims at looking at the cultural ingredients of both the folk and the tribes of Assam and their depictions in Assamese literature starting from the early phase of fiction writings till today.

Medium of teaching and examination: ASSAMESE

Organization of Teaching

The course is of six units, which will be covered under 56 lectures and 14 hours will be allotted for presentation in a semester. 6 themes, distributed under 6 units, are identified keeping in mind 14 weeks (one theme in 2 weeks and 2 weeks for special discussion on selected topics leading to project work).

Units:

1. Introduction: Ethnography, folklore and culture

2. Elements of culture with reference to the cultural life of Assam

3. Folk performances of Assam with selected performing texts

4. Folk elements in Assamese literature

5. Assamese literature and the folk life of Assam (Study of text)

6. Tribal life of Assam in Assamese literature (Study of text)

Teaching material
Texts:

1. Ankiya nat : Srimanta Sankaradeva

2. Moharaja (play) :Satish Chandra Bhattacharyya

3. Jakeri nahike upam : Lakshminandan Bora

4. Rangmilir hanhi : Rongbong Treang

Selected chapters from these texts and other reading materials will be compiled and made available to the students

Assessment

The assessment of the students’ performance will be through: (i) Written examination (75 marks) (ii) Project work & Internal assessment (25 marks)

Project Work:

The students are expected to submit one project assignment, which will provide scope to the students to express their liking towards their language, literature and culture. A list of topics will be made available to them in the beginning of the course. Evaluation of their performance in project work will be based on their knowledge of the language, collection of the information, presentation and style of narration.

PAPER – 4: Assamese Literature and Psychology

Outline of the Course

The aim of this course is to teach the basics of psychological theories and to understand the literature on the basis of the theories. This shall train the students to interpret Tamil literatures with the help of contemporary psychological theories and to explain various human behaviors depicted in literary texts. The character structure, theme and conflict in literary texts are taken for analysis on the basis of social and individual psychology with reference to classical and modern literature.

Medium of Teaching and examination: ASSAMESE

Organization of Teaching

The course is of six units, which will be covered under 56 lectures and 14 hours will be allotted for presentation in a semester. 6 themes, distributed under 6 units, are identified keeping in mind 14 weeks teaching (one theme in 2 weeks and 2 weeks for special discussion on selected topics leading to project work).

Units:

1. Introduction: Basic theory of psychology with reference to Freudian School.

2. Psychological aspects in Ancient Assamese Literature.

3. Concept of mind and body in Assamese philosophical tradition

4. Female psychology in Assamese Literature

5. Influence of Freudism in Modern Assamese Literature.

6. Interpretation of dream and their psychological analysis in Assamese Literature

Teaching material
Texts:

1. Poetry:

“Mamatar sithi”- Hem Barua “Draupadi”-Nirmalprabha Bordoloi

2. Short Story:

“Dhorasaap”- Bhabendra Nath Saikia “Sanskar”- Mamoni raisam Goswami

3. Novel:

Kesapator kapani- Prafulla Dutta Goswami Astaraag- Homen Borgohain

These texts and other reading materials will be compiled and made available to the students

Assessment

The assessment of the students’ performance will be through: (i) Written examination (75 marks) (ii) Project work & Internal assessment (25 marks)

Project Work:

The students are expected to submit one project assignment, which will provide scope to the students to express their liking towards their language, literature and culture. A list of topics will be made available to them in the beginning of the course. Evaluation of their performance in project work will be based on their knowledge of the language, collection of the information, presentation and style of narration.

PAPER – 5: Assamese Literature, society and environment

Outline of the Course

The course aims at looking the interrelationship between literature and environment. While looking at the environment, the people and the society are also included. It has the scope to look at the concept of land, nature and human life and man-animal relationship as depicted in Assamese literature. The course expects the possibility of exploring the idea of eco-criticism while dealing with the texts. The concept of land, ethnic culture and identity, and worldview of the people of Assam will be special focus of study. Besides, the course focuses on the ecological issues and environmental problems of contemporary life as reflected and depicted in modern Assamese literature.

Medium of teaching and examination: ASSAMESE

Organization of Teaching

The course is of six units, which will be covered under 56 lectures and 14 hours will be allotted for presentation in a semester. 6 themes, distributed under 6 units, are identified keeping in mind 14 weeks teaching (one theme in 2 weeks and 2 weeks for special discussion on selected topics leading to project work).

Units:

1. Literature, environment and society relationships

2. Eco-criticism as a literary and cultural movement.

3. Environment, people, land and nature as depicted in oral culture and Assamese literature

4. Nature and environmental issues as depicted in Assamese literature

5. Assamese literature and treatment of nature (study of text)

6. Assamese literature: celebration of land and surroundings (study of texts)

Teaching material
Texts:

1. Mor jivan sowaran : Lakhminath Bezbarua

2. “Ekhon nadir mrityu” : Mahim Bora

3. Sanchayana : Maheswar Neog (edt.) Poems:

“Sarat barnana”- Sankaradeva “Dahikatara”- Raghunath Choudhary “Iyat nadi aasil” – Nabakanta Barua “Emuthi kabita” – Nirmalprabha Bordoloi

4. Lokagtiti sanchayan : Hemanta Kumar Sarma

5. Asomor Loka Sanskriti : Birinchi Kumar barua

6. Loka Sanskritir abhas : Nabin Chandra Sarma

These texts and other reading materials will be compiled and made available to the students

Assessment

The assessment of the students’ performance will be through: (i) Written examination (75 marks) (ii) Project work & Internal assessment (25 marks)

Project Work:

The students are expected to submit one project assignment, which will provide scope to the students to express their liking towards their language, literature and culture. A list of topics will be made available to them in the beginning of the course. Evaluation of their performance in project work will be based on their knowledge of the language, collection of the information, presentation and style of narration

PAPER – 6: Assamese Literature and Philosophy

Outline of the Course

The course, being interdisciplinary in nature, attempts to establish the relationship between Assamese literature and philosophy by focusing the development of Assamese literature with the rise of different philosophical thoughts in Assam. It also aims at highlighting important philosophical thoughts, unique in their principles and approaches, which took birth in Assam and comfortably mingled with Assamese culture. The course further focuses how the literature has been used as the carrier of philosophical thoughts throughout the long history of Assamese literature.

Medium of teaching and examination: ASSAMESE

Organization of Teaching

The course is of six units, which will be covered under 56 lectures and 14 hours will be allotted for presentation in a semester. 6 themes, distributed under 6 units, are identified keeping in mind 14 weeks (one theme in 2 weeks and 2 weeks for special discussion on selected topics leading to project work).

Units:

1. Introduction: Literature and Philosophy

2. Philosophy of Vaishnavism and Neo-Vaishnavite movement in Assam

3. Tradition of religious and philosophical writings in Assamese

4. Satra: culture and philosophy

5. The concept of sakta cult in Assam (a study of pachali literature and Kamakhya cult)

6. Islamic philosophy through jikir and jaari

Teaching material

Texts:

1. Borgeet : Bapchandra Mahanta (Edt.)

2. Lokagiti sanchaqyan :Hemanta Kumar Sarma (Edt)

3. Sanchayana : Maheswar Neog

4. Sinnamastar manuhto (Novel) : Mamoni Raisam Goswami

5. Satra sanskritir ruprekha : Keshavananda Devagoswami

Selected chapters from these texts and other reading materials will be compiled and made available to the students

Assessment

The assessment of the students’ performance will be through: (i) Written examination (75 marks) (ii) Project work & Internal assessment (25 marks)

Project Work:

The students are expected to submit one project assignment, which will provide scope to express their liking towards their language, literature and culture. A list of topics will be made available to them in the beginning of the course. Evaluation of their performance in project work will be based on their knowledge of the language, collection of the information, presentation and style of narration

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