Postgraduate Course : Department of English: An Overview
Department of English is one of the leading departments of the College, which began functioning since the inception of the College on 3rd September, 1968. Over the years, the Department has progressed at a very fast pace in terms of the number of students and enriched academic and research activities. The immense potential of the department was acknowledged by the NAAC inspection team, which suggested the introduction of P.G. course in English. Accordingly, the department applied to the West Bengal State University for the introduction of the P.G. Course. The Department was duly granted permission for the same and has been successfully running the P.G. Course in English since the academic session of 2009-10.
The Department conducts on a regular basis seminars and conferences to encourage critical thinking among the students. In addition to a two-day UGC sponsored National Conference on “Ideology and Praxis: From Theory to Text” in 2011, the Department has also organized a State Level Seminar on “Emergence and Evolution of English Novel: From 18th to 20th Century” in 2016. Distinguished scholars and academicians from diverse universities participated in the seminar enlightening the students about the genesis and evolution of the genre of fiction. In 2018 the department organized two lecture-workshops on “Translation and Translation Studies” (Resource persons: Prof. Amitava Roy and Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay) and “How to Write a Research Paper” (Resource person: Prof. Chidananda Bhattacharya). All these endeavours have been immensely enjoyable learning experiences for the undergraduate and postgraduate students and the teachers alike.
To commemorate the 450th birth anniversary of William Shakespeare, the Department successfully arranged a student seminar to facilitate critical enquiry into Shakespearean drama. Additionally, the department staged dramatic enactments of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Twelfth Night in the Third Theatre Mode (open-air stage). The department publishes an annual wall Magazine, “Harbinger”, and is the proud recipient of the ‘Best Wall Magazine’ prize consecutively in 2016 and 2017. The department also organizes Special Lectures on relevant topics from time to time delivered by eminent faculty. Recently, the department successfully organized special lectures on “Feminism and Feminist Literary Readings” delivered by Prof. Swati Ganguly of Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan, on “An Overview of American Literature”, delivered by Dr. Tania Chakravertty, P.G. Coordinator, Department of English, Shri Shikshayatan College, and on “How Anti-sentimental is The Rivals as a Comedy?” delivered by Prof. Sukanya Sanyal, Department of English, Thakurpukur Vivekananda College. The department is also credited with the publication of fifteen best dissertation papers in the monograph entitled, “Revelations”. Recurring exposures to such enthralling lectures have indeed enriched the critical skills of our P.G students. Consequently they have been immensely benefitted in selecting their future areas of research work and performing in NET/SET Examinations.
- Manisha Sarkar, M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D., Associate Professor, PGBOS chairperson (Internal Faculty Member)
- Laki Molla, M.A., Assistant Professor, In-charge of the Department
- Manidip Chakraborty, M.A., M. Phil., Assistant Professor, Coordinator of P.G. Course
- Janki Singh, M.A., M. Phil., Assistant Professor, Coordinator of P.G. Course
- Arpita Roy Choudhury, M.A , SACT-I
- Amitava Roy
William Shakespeare Professor of English
Professor (Retired), Department of English,
Rabindra Bharati University
- Sukla Basu (Sen)
Professor (Retired), Department of English & Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati University
- Chidananda Bhattacharya,
Professor, Department of English,Rabindra Bharati University
- Subir Dhar
Professor (Retired), Department of English,Rabindra Bharati University
- Goutam Ghosal
Professor, Department of English & Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati University
- Somnath Paul
Associate Professor (Retired), Department of English,Bhairab Ganguly College
- Mitra Dutta (Dhar)
Associate Professor (Retired), Department of English, Bhairab Ganguly College
- Sipra Mukherjee
Associate Professor, Department of English,West Bengal State University
Facilities available at the department
The Department offers the following facilities for the students:
- Book lending facilities at the Seminar Library of the Department.
- Students’ Internet Access to e-journals and books available in N-List and free download of reference materials.
- Video filming of important literary texts.
- Air-conditioned Seminar Room with audio-visual facilities.
- Student–Teacher personal contact programme and guidance for NET/SET
- Special lectures on diverse topics delivered by eminent professors.
- Publications of the Wall Magazine, “Harbinger” and Monograph “Revelations”.
- Third Theatre Mode of performance for and by the students of the department.
|Class Hours||9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Six days a week|
|Course Curriculum||Framed by the Department as approved by the Board of Studies for P.G. Course in English, following the guidelines of WBSU and UGC.|
|Course Duration|| 4 semesters completed in 2 years
Semester I : July to December
Semester II: January to June
Semester III: July to December
Semester IV: January to June
|Teaching Methods||Interactive classroom teaching with audiovisual facilities, seminar presentations and project guidance|
|Internal Assessment||Continuous internal assessment based on class participation and written tests|
|Course fees||Rs. 50,000 (15000/- at the time of admission; 10000/- at the beginning of the 2nd Semester; 15000/- at the beginning of the 3rd Semester and rest of the 10000/- at the beginning of the 4th Semester).|
|Eligibility for Application||40% in English (Hons.). Candidates passed Honours in 2016, 2017 and 2018.|
N.B. Regarding details of submission of form, publication of Merit List, date of counselling, date of admission, admission from waiting list (if necessary), address by the Vice-Principal, commencement of classes etc., candidates are advised to follow the college website.
Course Curriculum Approved by Board of Studies and W.B.S.U
Semester – I
|E – I/1||1st Paper, 1st Half||British Poetry (Early Moderns)||50|
|E – I/2||1st Paper, 2nd Half||British Poetry (Early Moderns)||50|
|E – I/3||2nd Paper, 1st Half||British Drama (Early Moderns)||50|
|E – I/4||2nd Paper, 2nd Half||British Drama (Early Moderns)||50|
Semester – II
|E – II/5||3rd Paper, 1st Half||British Fiction||50|
|E – II/6||3rd Paper, 2nd Half||British Fiction||50|
|E – II/7||4th Paper, 1st Half||Literary Criticism and Theory||50|
|E – II/8||4th Paper, 2nd Half||Literary Criticism and Theory||50|
|E – III/9||5th Paper, 1st Half||Modernism||50|
|E – III/10||5th Paper, 2nd Half||Postmodernism||50|
|E – III/11(C/G)||6th Paper, 1st Half||Colonialism and Postcolonialism/Gender studies||50|
|E – III/12(C/G)||6th Paper, 2nd Half||Colonialism and Postcolonialism/Gender studies||50|
Semester – IV
|E – IV/13 (I/A)||7th Paper, 1st Half||Indian English Literature/ American Literature||
|E – IV/14 (I/A)||7th Paper, 2nd Half||Indian English Literature/ American Literature||50
|E – IV/15||8th Paper, 1st Half||Postcolonial Theory and Literature||50|
|E–IV/16(Project)||8th Paper, 2nd Half||Term Paper||50|