Programmes

MA (English)

MA English Programme and Course Learning Outcomes

The M.A. programme extends over four semesters and bears 72 credits, of which 56 credits are awarded for core courses and 16 credits for elective courses (4 of which may be obtained from other departments). Students may register for additional courses to earn up to a maximum of 80 credits, provided the classes for such courses do not conflict with those scheduled by the Department for its regular courses.

The M.A. programme surveys various areas of English Studies (Literature and Language) such as Shakespeare and the Seventeenth Century, Eighteenth Century, Romantic, Victorian and Modern British Literature, American Literature, New Literatures, Indian Writing in English, and Literary Criticism and Theory. In addition to these courses in the domain of canonical English literature belonging to the Anglo-American tradition, the M.A. programme has also included core courses on Dalit Literature and Cultural Studies with a view to make its scope more inclusive and relevant to the specific socio-political contexts of studying English in 21st century India.

 The M.A. programme offers a wide array of electives, within and beyond the discipline of English literary studies, for students to choose from. These include, among others, European Drama in Translation, Jewish American Writing, African-American Literature, Just Reading, Telugu Dalit Literature in Translation, Modern Indian Thought, Western Aesthetics, Contemporary South Asian Diaspora, Children’s Literature, Introduction to Basic Concepts in Film Studies, Society, Technology and Culture, Food and Literature, Literature and Space, Digital Cultures, Introduction to Popular Culture, The New Humanities, Life Writing, Narratives of Law and Literature, and Writing the Subject in Human Rights Literature.

M Phil (English)

M.Phil This is a 24 credit programme that extends over three semesters. For admission to the M. Phil. programme, the applicant must submit, at the time of the interview, a brief research proposal. During the first semester, the student completes mandatory course work for 12 credits. The dissertation, to be submitted by the student at the end of the programme, is assessed for 12 credits. The programme includes written examinations for the course work, the grades of which are part of the final tally for the M.Phil. as a whole. Attendance, as mandated by the Department, is strictly monitored. Candidates are expected to give open pre-submission seminars on their respective research topics. The dissertation is examined by both internal and external examiners and followed by a final viva-voce examination.

The Department offers specialized guidance to newly admitted M.Phil. in choosing their topics and formally assigns them research supervisors within a month of their joining the respective academic programmes.

Currently, the Department encourages work in: Indian Writing in English, Dalit literature, Diaspora Studies (specifically literature from the South Asian Diaspora), Victorian Literature and Culture, Shakespeare Studies, Indo-British Literary and Cultural Transactions, Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction, Popular Culture, English Literature of the Romantic Age, and Postcolonial Literatures in English. The Department particularly encourages research projects relating to English in India, its socio-historical and pedagogical reaches – its thrust area for the UGC’s DSA-II programme.

The Department supervises research only where primary materials are available in English, or in respectable English translation.

Ph.D (English)

The Ph. D. programme normally extends from two to five years from the date of admission. Applicants for admission into the Ph.D. programme must submit, at the time of the interview, a brief research proposal. The programme requires mandatory course work of 16 credits to be completed in the first two semesters; this leads to the submission of a comprehensive research proposal, complete with a clear outline of the proposed project, survey of scholarship, and a working bibliography at the end of the third semester. Consequent upon the formal approval of the research proposal, the student is required to write a dissertation on her/his topic of choice under the guidance of the assigned faculty supervisor. During the course of their research, students are required to make regular presentations on the progress of their work to members of their respective Research Advisory Committees (RACs), constituted by the Department. The dissertation is finally submitted and forwarded to three external examiners for evaluation. Based on the reports of the research supervisor and the external examiners, the student defends her/his thesis in a formal viva-voce exam before the award of the degree.

The Department offers specialized guidance to newly admitted M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars in choosing their topics and formally assigns them research supervisors within a month of their joining the respective academic programmes.

Currently, the Department encourages work in: Indian Writing in English, Dalit literature, Diaspora Studies (specifically literature from the South Asian Diaspora), Victorian Literature and Culture, Shakespeare Studies, Indo-British Literary and Cultural Transactions, Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction, Popular Culture, English Literature of the Romantic Age, and Postcolonial Literatures in English. The Department particularly encourages research projects relating to English in India, its socio-historical and pedagogical reaches – its thrust area for the UGC’s DSA-II programme.

The Department supervises research only where primary materials are available in English, or in respectable English translation.