Updated NTA UGC NET Syllabus for Comparative Literature (2019)



(w.e.f. June 2019)


The UGC has revised the pattern and scheme of exam from December 2018. The pattern of exam has been changed from 3 papers (Paper I, II & III) to 2 papers (Paper I & II). Now, there are 50 MCQs in Paper 1 and 100 MCQs in Paper 2. Each question carries 2 marks without any NEGATIVE marking for wrong answer.

According to NEW SYLLABUS (June 2019 onwards) and new pattern (since Dec 2018), the exam would be Online Mode. 

The UGC NET exam would be computer based like bank PO, SSC exam. the Paper 2 will have 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with each question carrying two (2) marks i.e. 200 marks in total. The objective type questions will include multiple choices, matching type, true/false and assertion-reasoning type etc.

The New Syllabus of Comparative Literature for UGC NET Exam June 2019 onward will be as follows:


Unit – I

Conceptual Framework of Comparative Literature

  1. The Emergence of Comparative Literature
  2. Difference/ Alterity and the Ethics of Plurality
  3. Limitations of the Idea of National Literature
  4. Theories of Interpretation


Unit – II

Literary Historiography

  1. Sources of Literary History: Oral, Manuscriptal, Scriptal and Virtual
  2. Approaches to Literary History: Integrationist and other models
  3. Problems of Periodization


Unit – III

History of Comparative Literature

  1. History of Comparative Literature: French, German, Russian and Tel Aviv Schools
  2. Comparative Literature in India: From Tagore to the Present
  3. World Literature: From Goethe to the Present
  4. “The State of the Discipline” Reports


Unit – IV

Translation in Comparative Context

  1. History and Politics of Translation
  2. Translation as Reception
  3. Problems and Promises of Translation in Multilingual Situations
  4. Untranslatability and Silence


Unit – V

Poetics and Literary Theory

  1. Indian Poetics: Sanskrit and Tamil
  2. Perso-Arabic Traditions
  3. Western Classical Literary Theory


Unit – VI

Indian Literature –I

  1. Classical – Sanskrit, Tamil, Pali and other literary traditions
  2. Medieval –Formations of Language-Literature (bhasha) Traditions in India;Bhakti, Santand Sufi Literature
  3. Contact with West Asian, South-east Asian and South Asian literary traditions


Unit – VII

Indian Literature – II

  1. Modernity as a concept
  2. Colonial Modernity: Transactions with Western Forms and Literary Traditions
  3. Modernity as Discourse: Multiple Modernisms in the Context of Various Language-Literatures
  4. Discontents of Modernity: Literatures of Women, Adivasis, Dalits, Minorities and others


Unit – VIII

Literary Modes, Genres and Themes

  1. The “literary” as a convention
  2. Mode and Performativity: Tragedy, Epic and Novel
  3. Genres: Theories; Taxonomy : Generic Markers and Transformations
  4. Themes: Motifs, Myth, Archetypes


Unit – IX

Interdisciplinarity and Intermediality

  1. Literature and Other Arts: Texts Across Mediums
  2. Literary Studies and Other Disciplines


Unit – X

Literary Dialogues

  1. Intertextuality, Parody and Pastiche
  2. Re-writing in Diachronic and Synchronic Frames
  3. Adaptation, Appropriation and Assimilation


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