DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
“Language is inseparable from ourselves as a community of human beings with a specific form and character, a specific history, a specific relationship to the world,” wrote Ngugi wa Thiong’o the famous Kenyan writer. It is this relationship between words and life that literature attempts to explore. An Honours Course in Literature teaches the students to engage with a whole range of literary texts-spanning across diverse cultures and countries; from Latin American Literature to African, Afro-American, Indian, Canadian, and European Literature. By situating a book within its specific socio-political, historical and cultural context, the students are trained to read not just the surface text but also the sub-texts and the silences. It sensitises them to the concerns of the marginalised groups and their suppressed voices. The course also familiarises the students with literary theory, and teaches them to critically appreciate and analyze the texts by understanding the intellectual issues and debates of various literary periods.
Apart from the sheer joy of reading, a study of literature prepares students for careers in mass communication, journalism, editing and publishing, management, civil services, creative writing, theatre, teaching – to name a few. The faculty comprises experienced teachers who are experts in the areas they are teaching. Some of them also have publications at the international and/or national level.
- Ira Pandit, M.A., M.A. (Linguistics), M.Litt, Ph.D., Post Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English
- Krishna Majumdar, M.A.
- Sangeeta Gupta, M.A., M.Phil
- Deepshikha Mohanta Bortamully, M.A., Post Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of English, Ph.D. (Incharge)
- Punim Juneja, M.A., M.Phil
- Diamond Oberoi, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (on leave)
- Kristina Zama, M.A., M.Phil (In charge)