A guest lecture was organized by FMeH, Department of English recently on “Literary Criticism’’ by Dr Roshan Lal Sharma, Professor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh.
Prof. Sharma was awarded Fulbright Senior Research (Post-doctoral) Fellowship during 2007-08 for his book project on Sufi Interpretations of Walt Whitman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH), UW-Madison.
During his interactive lecture on “Literary Criticism.” he explained to the students the various aspects of Literary Appreciation and Literary Criticism.
He said that Popular Literature is an arena that has wide scope for all potential writers, who can observe life around them and write about it. He quoted lines from the Romantic Poet John Keats to explain how poetic language is different from the language of conversation. Some poems by Wordsworth were critically analyzed by him to present the practical nuances of literary criticism.
Overall, the lecture was a refreshing tryst with the process of criticism and appreciation of literature in general and poetry in particular. The students of both B.A (Hons) and M.A English gained a deep knowledge about literary criticism. The students were inquisitive and raised many queries, which were answered by Dr. Roshan Lal Sharma in a very pleasant and interesting manner.