Master of Arts (English Literature & Language) M.A

School of Languages, Literature and Society

MA English is a two-year (four semester) programme that aims to usher the students into the lively world of literature. The programme is in four semesters; each semester requires the students to study four Core English courses with one course related to one or the other aspect of languages in each semester. Students learn to analyse literature and to write on literary topics at an advanced level. Students complete a rigorous programme that introduces them to innovative research while training them to understand a range of theoretical and literary-historical frameworks for understanding literature. In the final semester the students are required to submit a research project. The submitted mini dissertation, is evaluated by the external experts along with conduct of viva voce. The programme also offers learners a pathway to prepare for Ph.D. research programme.

Highlights of the Programme

Upon the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the discipline by detailing the development and current practices of literary studies, rhetoric, or films.
    • In the literature a firm concentration, and the student’s knowledge of the medium will be sufficient to allow a student to contextualize and judge contemporary literatures or dramas. The students can describe literature or drama in terms of significant periods, practices, and genres and to evaluate the significance of individual work in their cultural and intellectual contexts.
    • In the rhetoric and writing concentration, the student’s knowledge of the history, theory, and practice of the medium will be sufficient to allow that student to explain, evaluate, and practice different pedagogical methods. It shall assist them in describing rhetoric contextually and comparatively. They can also historicize and theorize emerging forms of composition and expression.
  • Conduct Research that leads to a substantial original thesis. The thesis is directed by a Professor assigned and additionally advised by assistant professors in related subfields.
  • Conduct Research that engages and responds to diverse audiences of scholars, students, and community members. The research will follow through the thesis defence; through presentations at professional conferences; through internships and independent studies; through the use of research on pedagogical approaches to writing/literature/film in university teaching assignments; and intellectual events within the School (including the annual graduate student conference, seminar presentations, and scholarly talks).

Key Information

Duration

2 Years

Eligibility

Graduation (with English) min. second division

Selection Procedure

Merit + PI

Scholarship

As per University norms

Highlights of the Programme

Students upon the completion of the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the discipline by detailing the development and current practices of literary studies, rhetoric, or films.
    • In the literature and film concentrations, the student’s knowledge of the medium will be sufficient to allow that student to contextualize and judge contemporary literatures or films. The students can describe literature or cinema in terms of significant periods, practices, and genres and to evaluate the significance of individual works in their cultural and intellectual contexts.
    • In the rhetoric and writing concentration, the student’s knowledge of the history, theory, and practice of the medium will be sufficient to allow that student to explain, evaluate, and practice different pedagogical methods. It shall assist them in describing rhetoric contextually & comparatively. They can also historicize and theorize emerging forms of composition and expression.
  • Conduct Research that leads to a substantial original thesis, written over the second year, in a subfield of the student’s choice. The Thesis is directed by a Professor assigned&additionally advised by two assistant professors in related subfields.
  • Conduct Research that engages and responds to diverse audiences of scholars, students, and community members. The research will follow through the thesis defence; through presentations at professional conferences; through internships and independent studies; through the use of research on pedagogical approaches to writing/literature/film in university teaching assignments; and intellectual events within the School (including the annual graduate student conference, seminar presentations, and scholarly talks).

Programme Structure

  • Modern English Usage and Grammar
  • Chaucer to Elizabethans
  • Metaphysicals to Milton
  • Augustans and Neo-Classical Writers
  • Pre-Romantics and Romantics
  • Phonetics and Spoken English
  • Literary criticism – I
  • Victorian Literature
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • American Literature
  • Critical Theories – I
  • Modern British Literature
  • World Literatures
  • Afro- American Literature
  • Canadian and Australian Literature
  • Critical Theory-II
  • Modern British literature II
  • Stylistics and Discourse Analysis
  • Indian English Literature
  • Literature Post World War- II
  • Translation Studies
  • Cinematic Adaptations of Classics
  • Dissertation

Career Prospects

The breadth of study and the range of analysis, combined with training in clear thinking and communication, make this degree course relevant to a wide variety of careers, including:

  • UGC- NET Examination.
  • Eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in English.
  • Soft-Skills Trainer.
  • Public administration, local government, the civil service, art institutions, and social services
  • Advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries and public relations
  • Education
  • Charities and NGOs
  • Higher qualification in research field.
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