Teaching literature to college students in India: Necessity and challenges

Batra, Jagdish (2022) Teaching literature to college students in India: Necessity and challenges. International Journal of Higher Education and Research, 12 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2277260X

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Our times have mercifully seen a return to literature in the academic curricula in colleges and universities. The overmuch focus so far on science and technology and the popularity of postmodern ethos denying all hierarchies had resulted in decline of appreciation of values in society. We are at present in a world which cares only for material success and this has led to phenomenal rise in crime and cruelty all over the world. The academic administrators too have felt that in order to turn the tide and create a humane society, study of literature is essential for the youth. But teaching literature has a lot of real problems -- from the use of mobile phone in classroom to copy-pasting material from the Net for submissions. Half-baked knowledge culled from the Net makes students overconfident. Under these circumstances, the teacher is expected to employ strategies to win over the students by relating the classroom teaching to their interest in building up a career. Based on the long experience of the writer in the field of teaching literature, this paper suggests some real-time solutions to such problems as also methodologies befitting various sub-genres.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Liberal arts | Value education | Net fixation | Pedagogy | classroom issues
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Education
JGU School/Centre: Office of English & Foreign Languages
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2022 06:25
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 06:25
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/1165


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