English Studies today is multi-disciplinary in the texts, authors
and genres it comprises and in the analytical or theoretical
approaches it employs. Discipline I courses train you in the nuances
of various genres such as poetry, prose and novel from British,
Indian and other post-colonial localities giving you exposure to the
ways of reading and modes of analysing. You will read Shakespeare,
Romantic poetry, Victorian poetry, and the novel. But you will also
explore the Hellenic and Indic classics in translation. You will
have ample space to delve into Nobel award winning postcolonial
works from Africa, Asia, North and Latin America, and Modern Europe.
At the same time, you will share in the discovery, in translation,
of what has, over time, become somewhat ‘foreign’ to many of us:
Indian literature in regional languages. But to do so, the incoming
first year student is expected to have read widely, complemented by
intellectual curiosity that transcends the rather limited ambit of
syllabus and examinations. Prospective students are required to have
reasonably well-developed writing skills.
The discipline II courses in English give you a wide spectrum
starting from anthologies to theme-based courses such as literature
and crime, partition literature and literature and film. In
addition, there are application courses such as Academic Writing and
Composition and Text and Performance.
Applicants are advised to consider carefully the rigorous demands
of the English programme as a whole. It is several notches higher
than that of the performance expected of a student reading English
Literature in school.
Our faculty is uniquely qualified to challenge the student and
develop these aptitudes. With advanced degrees from prestigious
American, British, European and Indian universities, they bring to
classes and tutorials pedagogical approaches as extensive and
variegated as the works you are expected to enjoy and master. Extra-
and co-curricular contacts between faculty and students are an
accepted part of the learning experience in the department. An
active literary society and the department’s annual international
conference-festival heighten and deepen the learning experience in
the department. Rigorous training in reading and writing, preparing
you for language-based jobs as well as research, provided through
carefully devised tutorials of small groups, is a speciality of the
The English Honours programme has been a preferred platform for a
variety of career options, besides higher pursuits in the domain of
English literature itself. Two of our students, to mention recent
examples, are currently doing doctoral work at Leeds and Columbia.
We have alumni who are distinguished authors and editors of
prominent women’s magazines. Some have distinguished themselves in
WWF, the Knowledge Commission, various NGOs, national print and
electronic media, theatre, film and the fine arts.