Surviving BA(hon) English

January 23, 2010

We are a group of students of literature (from the University of Delhi, India), tortured and traumatized by the English canon. The aim of this blog is to ensure that nobody ever gets similarly subjugated and distressed by colonial relics such as Dryden, Pope, Sydney and Spencer, who people our nightmares the night before examinations or submission deadlines.

On the brighter side, this is also a forum where interesting and redeeming texts such as Chronicles of a Death Foretold, Toba Tek Singh and others in that league could be collectively better appreciated and reinvented.

This also hopes to act as an impetus to the academic production among students by facilitating a sharing of ideas and insights. Students together end up producing mountains of critical work on and around texts as assignments, driven by the fascist dictates of internal assessment. Its a shame that most of this never gets read by any body apart from the teacher evaluating the scripts. Imagine such humongous waste of ingenious ideas and critical insights which otherwise could have been collectively developed and creatively used by students all over.

We request all to contribute whatever assignments, notes and critical material that they feel might be relevant to the fulfillment of the objectives mentioned above at survivingbaenglish@gmail.com . It is requested that no names be put in the documents.

STATUTORY WARNING:There are serious copyleft issues involved. Any attempts at claiming or crediting authorship would be in blatant violation of all codes of creative sharing that this collective upholds, and the defaulter would be seen as a tacit collaborator and upholder of the Gradgrind school of thought.

We now welcome all, those still struggling and the survivors alike.