Programme Overview MA English

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Master of Arts in English

This programme is designed to provide a sound base to the students in English language by exposing them to a wide range of literature, with options for specialization in English literature. It also helps to develop a sound understanding of English, American, and Indian English Literatures. The students study a variety of texts which enables them to acquire a good knowledge of reading comprehension and reading/writing skills in addition to the growth of their higher cognitive abilities like critical & analytical thinking.

The Master of Arts in English is helpful in making career in the field of;

i) Teaching ii) Translation iii) Media and Journalism v) Publishing Houses vi) Advertising vii) Public Relations viii) Arts ix) Language x) Communication xi) Writing.

Programme Structure

SemesterPaper CodePaper TitleMarks
1st SemesterCourse IHistory of English Literature from Chaucer to 180075

Course IIPoetry from Chaucer to Pope:75

Course IIIShakespeare and his Contemporaries75

Course IVNineteenth Century Fiction75
2nd SemesterCourse VHistory of English Literature: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries75

Course VIRomantic and Victorian Poetry75

Course VIIModern Fiction75

Course VIIIGrowth and Structure of English Language75
3rd SemesterCourse IXLiterary Criticism from Aristotle to T.S. Eliot75

Course XModern British and American Poetry75

Course XIModern British Drama75

Course XIIWorld Fiction75
4th SemesterCourse XIIIContemporary Literary Theory75

Course XIVAmerican Drama / African / Australian / Canadian Literature75

Course XVIndian Writing in English75

Course XVIIndian Writing in Translation OR Literature and Gender75

Expected Outcomes of the Programme

Course/GenreExpected Outcomes
History of English literature
Upon completion of course the students will be to : Know about the major literary genres of each age, like poetry, prose and drama, their major proponents & the notable works published during that period. Know & understand not only writer’s life and thoughts but also the spirit of the age and the nation’s history.  Analyse important events and social conditions in each period, as well as literary epochs. Study each genre and writer in the context of their times to show how prevalent trends, events and circumstances affected the works of that era. Trace the development of the English literary canon in terms of complexity. Appreciate how literature has developed steadily from simple ballads and stories to its present form.
PoetryUpon completion of these courses the students will be able : To understand the key ideas and peculiar qualities of the poetry of prominent poets of different periods. To know & understand various kind of verse forms , styles, techniques and structures in poetry. To analyse poetry and understand its finer nuances and study the trends in the development of modern British and American poetry. To analyze the various elements of poetry, such as diction, tone, form, genre, imagery, figures of speech, symbolism, theme, etc. To develop a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity by introducing them to poetry from a variety of cultures throughout the world. To appreciate poetry and develop their aesthetic sense. To study & critically analyse the poets who are representative of their age and genre and to stimulate their interest in the linguistic and aesthetic aspects of their works.
Upon completion of these courses the students will be able to Read dramatic scripts & understand the main ideas & details mentioned in them. Know about the basic parts of play such as; stage, plot , structure, climax etc. Understand various types of drama viz. Tragedy, Comedy, Farce, Melodrama & Historical Plays. Acquire thinking skills to make critical & rational judgments. Demonstrate that they are familiar the theatrical conventions, ideas, and theatrical movements important in the formation of our contemporary theatrical view. Understand the origins and development of British theatre & be able to use theatre as an investigative tool in discovering British Culture.
Upon completion of these courses, the students will be able to Recognise the elements of fiction – Narrative Technique, Setting, Point of view & Style. Appreciate the genre of fiction & trace the growth of English fiction. Acquaint themselves with British & non British Fiction. Interpret fictional text from different viewpoints & appreciate literature’s ability to stimulate feelings. Understand the social, historical and political backgrounds of the world of the novelists. Get knowledge of the stylistic strategies employed by various writers & use ideas from these texts in their own reading/writing.
Growth & Structure of English language

Indian Writing in English
At the end of course, the students are expected to develop : Recognition of the major stages in the evolution of language and important changes in the development of English from a synthetic to an analytic language. An understanding of how the current state of the English language has resulted from historical change. Knowledge of the phonological and morphological structure of modern English.
Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to: Know & understand the major movements & writers of Indian Literature in English. Analyze various themes, concerns, genres & trends of Indian writing in English. Appreciate the diverse & pluralistic nature of Indian Culture & Identity.
Indian Writing in TranslationThe students, after going through this course will be able to : Know & understand how translation studies bridges the gap between different regions. Develop a comparative insight of Indian Writing through the study of translated works. Appreciate the varied & multifarious nature of Indian writings.
Literary Crticism from Aristotle to T.S. EliotThe students are expected to : Understand the meaning & significance of literary criticism. Know about the origin & evolution of Literary Criticism. Understand & appreciate role of major literary critics in the evolution & growth of literary criticism. Study & analyze the important works of major literary critics.
Contemporary Literary TheoryAt the end of this course the students are expected to : Know & understand the main themes & trends of modern literary theory. Appreciate the role of literary theory in critically analyzing text. Understand different literary theories & apply them in diverse contexts for better interpretation of literary text.