Department of English Language & Literature

Vision

  • To develop, in the students, an awareness of the principles and strategies that underline effective academic and professional communication
  • To equip the students with all the required apparatus for the appreciation of various kinds of imaginative writing in English literature, and to train their critical taste and judgement so as to enable them to arrive at an estimate of a given work of art
  • To use the literary text as a pretext to unravel the deeper mysteries and meanings of the human condition and predicament
  • To relate 'art experiences' to 'life experiences', and to draw from theis exercise valuable moral lessons that would help the scholars to become morally empowered individuals

Overview

The Department of English offers a compulsory ‘General English’ Course for all the undergraduate students which comprises a study of English language, using prose/poetry and grammar exercises, to improve not only the students’ competence in writing but also in speaking skills. The Course is designed in a way that would enable students to apply their knowledge of the language to situations. The oral component of the Course seeks to ensure that the theoretical study of the language does not remain in cold storage, but is translated into an effective tool for communication at all levels. Given the deficiency in the system of imparting English language skills elsewhere, as also the influence of the regional languages on any English language learning exercise, a rigorous training is given, to equip the students to communicate efficiently and confidently in English. The Additional English Course – in lieu of another Language – is offered to those students who do not wish to opt for Sanskrit, Hindi or Telugu.
The Master’s Programme includes a chronological study of literature from Chaucer to the twentieth century. Apart from this, there are papers on Indian writing in English, Commonwealth/American Literature, Literary Criticism, Structure of Modern English, and Electives such as Comparative Literature, European Classics in Translation, Women’s Studies, TESL, World Drama.
To meet contemporary challenges, especially of media-related job requirements, the Department has introduced a paper, 'English for the Media', which helps the students in the acquisition of proficiency pertinent to journalistic writing. The paper includes chapters on the Print Media, Electronic Media, Internet/Web English, and the Language of Advertisements.
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