Department of English

Master of Arts in English

 

The college has started  M.A. in English w. e. f. academic year 2016-17. The Master of Arts in English is designed to help students develop strong analytical skills and grounding in diverse critical and theoretical approaches. The programme helps students develop specialization in the particular area of English literary studies. The course aims at generating qualified, competent and articulate human resource capable of contributing to relevant domains of knowledge.

An important objective of the Masters programme is to introduce students to advanced study and scholarly activity in order to provide an avenue towards a PhD for those who wish eventually to seek a career in the academia. In addition, the course is designed to provide a reasonably complete higher education in literary studies for those who do not intend to proceed to a further degree in the field, but who may branch into other areas as diverse as publishing, editing, journalism, administration, management, communications, or teaching at the high school level.

The programme offers various compulsory courses providing training in Linguistics and English language, grounding in the genre, eras, and movements in literatures in English, a hands-on acquaintance with literary criticism as well as literary and critical theory. To create informed and motivated scholars, academics, litterateurs and communicators this programme adopts a comparative, contextualized and interdisciplinary perspective drawn from contemporary view of literature and culture.

Objectives:

This postgraduate course covers several of these areas with the following objectives:

  • to impart essential knowledge of literary forms, movements and trends in contemporary theory and interdisciplinary extensions;
  • To train the students to use their expertise for careers in journalism, performative art and film criticism, publishing, scriptwriting and for academic careers in English, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Departments/Centres;
  • To sensitize them towards contemporary areas of conflict and human rights.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to produce correct and effective professional-level academic writing.
  • Students will demonstrate a graduate-level ability to use current theoretical approaches to literary study.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to produce independent and original research.
  • Students will demonstrate a graduate-level ability to analyze a variety of literary texts.
  • Students will demonstrate a graduate-level ability to synthesize literary characteristics, themes, and/or approaches in several literary texts.

Program Details:

The programme will be for duration of two years. There will be a total of four semesters. Each year will comprise of two semesters.  A student will appear for four papers in each semester.

Intake Capacity:

  • The number of seats will be 60 (excluding NRI & Foreign quota)
  • Admission will be made on the basis of merit. Merit lists will be drawn in accordance with the provisions of Admission Policy of the college.
  • The Programme will commence subject to the minimum enrollment of students.

Credits, Examination and Evaluation Scheme:

  • The total credits of the Programme will be 64 credits. Each paper will carry 4 credits
  • Each paper will be of 100 marks.
  • There will be 40-60 pattern of evaluation.
  • 40 marks will be for internal evaluation consisting of mid semester assignments, projects, book reviews etc.
  • 60 marks will be allotted for external evaluation i.e. final semester end examination.
  • Students will have to write a dissertation in Semester 4.

Faculty

  • The courses will be taught by the faculty of the Department of English along with the guest faculty who fulfil the norms of the UGC Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for the Teachers 2010 and other rules prescribed by UGC and SPPU from time to time in this regard.
  • In case of special circumstances the professionals and experts will be invited whenever required.

 

Syllabus at a Glance

 

Semester 1

Core Courses

Paper Eng 0101 Literature of the Renaissance

Paper Eng 0102 Literature of the Neoclassical Period

Paper Eng 0103 Indian Literature

Optional Courses

Paper Eng 0104 Introduction to Language Studies

Paper Eng 0105 Writing and Editing for Publication

 

Semester 2

Core Courses

Paper Eng 0201 Literature of the Romantic Period

Paper Eng 0202 Literature of the Victorian Period

Paper Eng 0203 Literary Criticism and Theory I

Optional Courses

Paper Eng 0204 Literature and Social Imagination

Paper Eng 0205 Post-Enlightenment Political and Social Ideas

 

Semester 3

Core Courses

Paper Eng 0301 Modernism

Paper Eng 0302 American Literature

Paper Eng 0303 Literary Criticism and Theory II

Optional Courses

Paper Eng 0304 Introduction to Culture Studies

Paper Eng 0305 Humour in European Literature

Paper Eng 0306 Fantasy / Science Fiction Literature

 

Semester 4

Core Courses

Paper Eng 0401 Post-Modern Literature

Paper Eng 0402 Post-Colonial Literature

Paper Eng 0403 Cinema Studies

 

Optional Courses

Paper Eng 0404 Literature and Gender

Paper Eng 0405 Dalit Literature and Culture

Paper Eng 0406 Literature and the Visual Arts in Europe

 

 Dr. Aarti Wani

Head, Dept. of English.