Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Hello and welcome!

The purpose of this blog is to enable communication between learners and instructor (and among learners as well) for the PGCTE Literature course.  So do drop in with comments, queries, insights, suggestions, etc.

To set the ball rolling, here's a query from a PGCTE participant, which I've answered via e-mail. I'm posting it here for the benefit of others who may have had the same 'confusion'.

The query:

In my sent PGCTE material, I have received a play "Death of A Salesman". MY confusion is this, I haven't found any question concerning this play in my assignments, although I have sent total 20 assignments so far.
 I request you, let me know if this material is for "Reading Purpose Only" or I am supposed to do something else with this.I would appreciate your early reply! Thanks a million for you consideration!

My response:

No, the assignment on drama in the PGCTE literature course does not include a question on the play Death of a Salesman. The reason for this is that, if you've noticed, the course material on interpreting drama is structured around the play. That is, the block 'Interpretation of Drama' is based on a detailed analysis of the play and that is why you have been provided copies of the play. If the assignment is also based on the play, then we would receive reproductions of the course material as answers! That is why we test the concepts taught in this block through extracts from other plays. So please don't worry about not having got a question on this play. You are expected to read the play in order to understand the course material. (And in the final exam, you might get a question on the play!)

I hope I have answered your query.