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Department of English



Scheme and Syllabus 2017-18 Batch


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The course on English engages with literatures and cultures in English or translated into English and interprets and formulates cultural theories. The subject is also a study of not only how language is used in literature but also of the (a) intimate connection between language and culture; (b) the displacement of language by hegemonic structures; (c) the significance of language in formulating, spreading and continuing ideas; (d) the imperial-colonial debates centred on language. In its concerns with literature, the subject engages with (a) processes of creativity and of appreciation i.e., poetics and aesthetics; (b) comparative literature across languages and cultures; (c) the act of literary representation and of methodologies, traditions and schools of interpretation; (d) the connection between visual representation, verbal image building and the nature of the mimetic act; and (e) with the politics of language.

Language is multi-functional and is used in multiple contexts – communication, diplomacy, power, art and ideas amongst many others. The human being is a language animal and both memory and time (in the sense of past, present and future) are dependent on it as a medium. It is used for rhetoric, political persuasion, assertion and media.


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

(i) to impart essential knowledge of literary forms, movements and trends in contemporary theory and interdisciplinary extensions;

(ii) to train the students to use their expertise for careers in journalism, translation, translation for newspaper syndics, performative art and film criticism, publishing, scriptwriting and for academic careers in English, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Departments/Centres;

(iii) to equip them for higher specialization in the above areas;

(iv) to facilitate careers in creative writing;

(v) to equip them for research in interdisciplinary areas such as tribal, diasporic, cultural, historical and anthropological fields;

(vi) to sensitize them towards contemporary areas of conflict and human rights.


4 Semesters (2 years)

6 Courses, four credits each semester: 4 core and 2 elective. A candidate has the option of choosing 1 elective course from any other discipline relevant to the study of this course instead of 2 electives from the electives provided in MEA. In the course of two years only two electives can be opted from other disciplines.

Candidates also have the option of opting for half a course from the electives as a supportive course from any other discipline. This is also applicable to 2 candidates from other disciplines where MAE is concerned. Total number of credits to be earned through the two years is 96 credits.


Candidates with 50% marks in the qualifying examination (graduation or its equivalent as credited by the University) are eligible for appearing for the Entrance Examinations. 5% concession is applicable to reserved categories in the eligibility norms.


Through an Entrance Examination conducted on an all-India basis, in accordance with the syllabus specified. 20% weightage is given for pre-admission interview




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