Tamil Mains Syllabus

Tamil Mains Syllabus

  • Paper I
  • Paper II

Paper I

Part 1: History of Tamil Language

Major Indian Language Families- The place of Tamil among Indian Languages in general & Dravidian in particular-Enumeration & Distribution of Dravidian Language.

The Language of Sangam Literature- The Language Medieval Tamil: Pallava Period only- Historical Study of Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs- Tense Markers and Case Markers in Tamil.

Borrowing of words from other languages into Tamil- Regional & Social Dialects-Difference between Literary and spoken Tamil.

Part 2: History of Tamil Literature

Tolkappiyam-Sangam Literature- The division of Akam & Puram- The Secular characteristics of Sangam Literature- The development of Ethical Literature- Silapathikaram & Manimekalai.

Part 3: Devotional Literature (Alwars & Nayanamars)

The Bridal mysticism in Alwar hymns- Minor Literary forms (Tutu, Ula, Purani, Kuravanji).

Social Factors for the development of Modern Tamil Literature; Novel, Short Story and New Poetry- The impact of various Political ideologies on modern writings.

 

Part 1: Recent trends in Tamil Studies

Approaches to criticism, social, psychological, historical & moralistic- the use of criticism-the various techniques in literature, Ullurai, Iraichi, Thonmam (Myth), Otturuvagam (allegory, Angadam (Satire), Meyappadu, Padimam (Image), Kuriyeedu (Symbol), Irunmai (ambiguity)- The concept of comparative literature- the principle of comparative literature.

Part 2: Folk Literature in Tamil

Ballads, Songs, Proverbs & Riddles- Sociological Study of Tamil folklore- Uses of Translation-Translation of Tamil works into other Languages- Development of Journalism in Tamil.

Part 3: Cultural Heritage of Tamil

Concept of Love & War-Concept of Aram-the ethical codes adopted by the ancient Tamils in their warfare- customs, beliefs, rituals, modes of worship in the five thinais.

The Cultural changes as revealed in Post Sangam Literature- Cultural Fusion in the Medieval Period (Jainism & Buddhism). The development of Arts & Architecture through the ages (Pallavas, later cholas, & Nayaks). The impact of various political, social, religious and cultural movements on Tamil Society. The role of Mass Media in the Cultural Change of contemporary Tamil Society.

 

Paper II

Section A

Part 1: Ancient Literature

 

  1. Kuruntokai (1-25 Poems)
  2. Purananuru (182-200 Poems)
  3. Thirukkural Porutpal: ArasiyalumAmaichiyalum (from Iraimatchi to Avai Anjamai)

Part 2: Epic Literature

  1. Silappadikaram: Madurai Kandam Only
  2. Kamba Ramayanam: Kumbakarnan Vadhai Padalam.

Part 3: Devotional Literature

  1. Thiruvasagam: Neethal vinnappam
  2. Thiruppavai

 

Section B

Modern Literature

Part 1: Poetry

  1. Bharathiar: Kannan pattu
  2. Bharathidasan: Kudumba Vilakku
  3. Kamarasan Karuppu Malargal

Prose

  1. Varadharaja Nara: Aramum Arasiyalum
  2. N. Annadurai: Ye! Thazhntha Tamilagame

 

Part 2: Novel, Short Story & Drama

  1. Akilon: Chitta Appavai
  2. Jayakanthan: Gurupeedam
  3. Cho: Yaurkkum Vetkamillai

Part 3: Folk Literature

  1. Muthu Pattan Kathai ed. by Na. Vanamamalai, (Publication: Madurai Kamaraj University)

 

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