The MA English Lit syllabus aims at providing the students with an in-depth understanding of the core aspects of English Literature as well as a comprehensive background to its history and traditions of reception. The core content of the syllabus follows a Genre classification with 5 credits for each course. The syllabus has sixteen courses totalling 80 credits. 50 credits come from 10 core courses while 30 credits come from 6 optional courses of which 2 courses are from outside the department and 4 from the department. Optionals offered are designed in keeping with the UGC CBCS guidelines, giving the students the option of choosing their electives from among a variety of courses. Each core course is divided into three units; the first unit is meant to introduce the students the background, literary traditions, movements and important genres of the period. The second unit provides a list of prescribed texts for detailed study while the third unit is meant for self study. The students are required to make a seminar presentation from the list of self study texts. The seminar presentation shall be considered for internal evaluation. Note: The detailed core courses with texts and reading lists are provided in the syllabus. The texts for all optional courses and their reading lists will be given to the students at the beginning of the semester after the courses for the semester are announced. Course Types: Total number of courses: 16 (16x5=80 credits)
As part of the CBCS guidelines, courses offered by other department/s are to encourage interdepartmental and interdisciplinary studies, and to facilitate credit distribution among departments. Students shall take TWO optional courses offered by other departments. These courses shall be spread across two semesters (first and second semesters as of now). The following optional courses are on offer now:
Optional elective courses are offered to help students to have specialised study in a chosen field such as American Literature or Indian Literatures (including selections from IWE) etc. This list is indicative not exhaustive. Students may offer two optional courses from a select number of curses spread across two semesters (third and fourth semesters as of now). A student who chooses Option- I from the list shall take Optional-II and complete the course. The courses accordingly are given in pairs.
Open Electives are optional courses offered by the faculty of the department to help students explore specific areas of inquiry of their choice and help them pursue intensive studies of literary and cultural thematics. Students may offer TWO open elective courses from the list below offered by the Department, normally spread across two semesters (third and fourth as of now).