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2-year M.A. in English Studies

The program aims to introduce literature, culture, and language through historical and theoretical frameworks from interdisciplinary humanistic and critical perspectives. The programme will enable students to engage with the texts and contexts of canonical British literature in addition to Indian, American, and other World literatures, along with cultural studies and literary theory. Pushing the boundaries of genre and chronology, this programme also introduces students to allied integrative domains like film studies, embodiment studies, memory studies, culture studies, linguistics, and environmental humanities. The objective of this programme is to train students to become research-ready, adept in literary appreciation, critical thinking, and academic writing, while also preparing them with the skillsets for non-academic professions such as media and publishing.

Courses in the first semester will explore the dynamic and complementary relationship between history, literature, and textuality, thus laying a robust foundation for students for their preferred research routes ahead. The second semester includes advanced core courses that further strengthen domain knowledge in the canon in addition to offering specialised courses. The third semester offers a range of electives showcasing the rich research activities in the department while also training students in advanced literary writing and research methodology. The third semester also offers a free elective which can be taken by students of other streams. The fourth semester offers further electives which will help the student to read and acquire knowledge beyond the boundaries of the canon while also incorporating skill-based electives that will make the students industry-ready.

The students will be trained in various aspects in humanistic study and practice, thus preparing them with employable skills in public and private sectors such as: Publishing companies, Universities and colleges, Research institutions, Journalism, Advertising, marketing, and public relations agencies, Media organisations.

Semester 1
Sl. No.Course TitleCreditsCourse Type
1Historicizing Literature10Core
2The Arc of the Renaissance10Core
3The Novel and Change10Core
4Indian Classics in Context10Core
5Language and Society10Core
Total Credit50
Semester 2
Sl. No.Course TitleCreditsCourse Type
1Romantic Literature and Philosophy10Core
2Victorian Realism10Core
3Twentieth Century Modernisms 10Core
4Indian Aesthetic Thought10Core
5Introduction to Culture Studies10Core
Total Credit50
Semester 3
Sl. No.Course TitleCreditsCourse Type
1Contemporary Literary Theory10Core
2Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies9Core
3Elective 19See List of Electives
4Elective 29See List of Electives
5Elective 39See List of Electives
6Free Elective 19Any non-English Elective
Total Credit55
Semester 4
Sl. No.Course TitleCreditsCourse Type
1Elective 49See List of Electives
2 Elective 59See List of Electives
3MA Dissertation (Compulsory)27Elective
Total Credit45
Grand Total Credits200

Sl. No.Course TitleCredits.Course TypeExisting Course Code
1American Literature and Culture9ElectiveHS5651
2Language, Cognition and Computation9ElectiveHS5652
3Film: Theory and Practice9ElectiveHS5662
4Literatures of the Anthropocene9ElectiveHS5653
5Feminist Writing12 ElectiveHS5812
6Literature, Technology and Medicine9ElectiveHS5654
7Postcolonial and New Writings12ElectiveHS5813
8Applied Linguistics10ElectiveHS6750
9Introduction to Journalism and Advertising12ElectiveHS5011
10Memory, History and Literature10ElectiveHS5855
11Indian Cultural Studies9ElectiveHS6580
12Editing and Publishing in Literary Studies9ElectiveHS5655
13Indian Writing in English9ElectiveHS5656
14Fashion Studies: Literature, Cinema, Society9ElectiveHS5657
15Literature and Rhetoric9ElectiveHS5658
16Principles and Practices of English Language Teaching9ElectiveHS5659
17Regional Literatures in Translation12ElectiveHS7200
18Literature and Embodiment9ElectiveHS5660
19Literature and Social Justice9ElectiveHS5661

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