English is the major international language of every discipline, its value is increasing day by day. English majors are regarded as superior thinkers and team players all over the world, who tend to achieve well - paying careers and kudos.

The M.A. English courses offer students insight into literature, language, culture, and history. Besides studying required core courses that reflect the nature of the discipline, students will have the flexibility of selecting courses from different areas such as language, literature, rhetoric and humanities. While retaining the fundamental philosophy of humanities education - cultivation of humanistic values and critical thinking- this syllabus aims at developing students' creative, critical, and communicative skills that they need in their academic and professional life. Focus on writing, intensive study of literary genres, emphasis on interpretive and cultural theories, and the incorporation of interdisciplinary and comparative study are some of the underlying features of the courses. The syllabus requires a participatory and inquiry - based pedagogy for effective teaching and learning.

The course seeks to:

  • develop linkage between the B. A. English syllabus and the M. Phil. syllabus,
  • apply traditional and modern literary theories while reading and teaching literary texts, train students to use English for effective communication,
  • help students produce creative and critical writing, sharpen students creative and critical thinking,
  • cater to students' need of gaining knowledge of literature and ideas, provide flexibility to the teachers in developing courses of their interests, 
  • develop courses that emphasize close reading and relationship among form, content and context, ensure application of critical theories in the interpretation of texts, and
  • adopt interdisciplinary methods and approaches, and
  • enable students to comprehend and respond to issues and problems.


The syllabus reflects the current trends in English Studies that have radically expanded the scope of the discipline. Taking into account the curriculum models adopted in many universities across the world, it recognizes and draws upon multiple traditions, communities, and literature. The syllabus, therefore, comprises of a productive mix of canonical and non-canonical texts, traditionally-recognized literary and semi-literary genres, and expressive artifacts from multiple cultural traditions. The goal is to enable students to read, interpret and critique texts in a wide range of modes, genres and media. The syllabus, hence, envisions the following general objectives:

  • to realign the canons and methods,
  • to stress interrelationship among literary criticism, theory and cultural studies, to foster critical and creative thinking,
  • to promote research in the humanities,
  • to give exposure to a wide range of global literary texts, and to introduce area studies.