Department of English

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of English under Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at VGU is a centre for academic excellence, professional expertise, and contextual research in English Studies. The mission of the Department of English is to inculcate humanistic and literary values among students through Language and Literature teaching and research activity attracting a cross-section of students and research scholars from all over the country.

 At the Postgraduate level, the Department of English provides an opportunity to study various genres- poetry, drama, prose and fiction of canonical British literature and American literature, thus offering good training for aspirants of competitive examinations, and all those keen to acquaint themselves with these classics. A strong theoretical foundation is laid with two Literary Theory papers spread over two semesters. Emerging areas of study such as Women’s Writing, Postcolonial literatures and World Literature along with an array of specialized electives make is a mix of the conventional and the new. The department has a well-equipped Language Lab with multi-media audio-visual systems and computers.

The Department is also running PhD program focusing on thrust areas of Feminism in Indian context, Metaphysical poetry, Romanticism in regional literature and Traditional and Modern Approach of Robert Frost’s poetry. The Department also caters to the needs of language-teaching of various other Social Science, Basic and Applied Science, Law and Pharmacy departments of the University. Well-qualified and experienced faculty members in the department make a vibrant academic community which is fully poised to expand its students’ linguistic and literary horizons. s

The Department organizes curricular and co-curricular activities for the students, including Quiz Contests, Seminars, Presentations and Group Discussions. Visiting Scholars, English Proficiency Courses for International and Indian Students and Workshops conducted by experts add to the rigorous academic environment. 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

Program Outcome and Program Specific Outcomes

M.A. (English) Program Outcome (POs): A postgraduate of M.A. Program will demonstrate:

PO 1: An ability to appreciate literature of all kinds, not only English, and a deep interest in regional and world literature to appreciate the arts.

PO 2: Critical and analytical skills in the interpretation and evaluation of literary texts and develop a passion for literature and language. The study of texts and theory in the course enables the student to think critically. This would enable them to cultivate a rational and critical mind which would, in turn, equip them in further specialization and research.

PO 3: A thorough knowledge of the English Language. Origin, foreign influences on the language and phonetic transcription enable the students to understand the developments in language. The students will develop reading, technical writing, listening and effective speaking skills. The students will be able to understand the methods and approaches in Teaching English Language.

PO 4: An exposure to various genres of literature and the writers’ creativity in the use of language. This will enable the students to understand the society and communicate well with the people. Group discussions make the student sensitive on the social well being and they contribute their might.

PO 5: Presentation skills, interview skills, and life skills. The students with good communication skills render their voluntary services to the nation and show their social concern towards the society.

PO 6: An exposure to various literary texts with cultural and historical backgrounds to be sensitized to moral responsibilities and decision making.

PO 7: Environment consciousness and a concern for protection of nature after studying literary text related to nature and environment.

PO 8: An interest for research in different kinds of literature. The students will be able to write literary essays, term papers and dissertations. This enables them to be familiar with the rudiments of academic research, which gives them an edge when they enroll for higher education.

PO 9:  An ability to be equipped with historical, literary, social and cultural dimensions of English Studies. This knowledge helps them to be self motivated and drives them to be a continuous learner. They also learn how to design and carry out original and persuasive research in English Language and Literature.

PO 10:  Preparation for various career opportunities from jobs at the corporate sector (MBA) to the government sector (civil services), the publishing industry, and journalism, both print and audio-visual, as well as teaching in schools and colleges, apart from hard core research and pedagogical interests.

M.A. (English) Program Specific Outcome (PSOs) Upon post graduation, the students will be able to:

PSO1: Gain an insight into literary forms and elements and identify the use of language-patterns to sensitize themselves to the requirements of cohesion and coherence in language and literature.

PSO2: Have a firm grip over the literary ages beginning from the fourteenth century to the twentieth, as also the contemporary times, the representative authors and their individual style, besides the evolution of literary forms and movements amidst the larger socio-political, historical, ethnic, class-based, sexual, gendered and religious contexts of the time.

PSO3:  Deploy a range of critical terms and theoretical concepts integral to literary studies; understand the history of literary criticism; critically engage with literary critics and theorists for enhancing the reading of literary works, as well as consider the relevance of textual application of critical theories in literature. 

PSO4: Respond to the various literary voices from the twentieth century as well as comprehend contemporary reactions to traditional literary and cultural structures and concepts in British Literature.

PSO5: Gain an understanding of the study of poetical and dramatic works as also fictional and prose-writings, in relation to the historical and cultural contexts of American Literature and Indian Literature.

Faculty List

S.No.
Faculty Name
Qualification
Designation
1 Haseena Shahjahan  M.A Assistant Professor
2 Shalini Saxena  Ph.D Associate Professor
3 Sony Sinha  M.A Assistant Professor

Laboratory

Language Lab

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

S.No.
Title of paper
Name of the author/s
Department
Name of journal
Year of publication
ISSN number
1 Marginalization of Feminine Sensibilities and Deliberate Patriarchal Deliverance: A Deconstruction of Hierarchies in John Donne’s Select Poem Mohd Ibrahim Khan and Shalini Saxena English ShodhsamhitaVolume No. VIII, Issue 12 (III)UGC CARE list Group I 2021 ISSN :2277-7067
2 The Contribution of Devulapalli Krishnashastry towards the Development of Romanticism in Telgu Literature Lakshmi Vara Prasad Devara and Shalini Saxena English Journal of the Asiatic Society of MumbaiVol. 95, No.12 (III)  UGC CARE list Group I 2021 ISSN : 0972-0766
3 Deconstructive Analysis of Metaphysical Conceits in John Donne’s Select Poems Mohd Ibrahim Khan and  Shalini Saxena English Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry (TOJQI) ,Vol.12, Issue 8, UGC CARE list Group II 2021 e-ISSN 1309-6591
4 The Expedition for Subsistence in a New World in Bharati Mukharjee’s Jasmine and Miss New India Bilal Ahmad Bhat &  Shalini Saxena English Journal of Modern Thamiz Research, UGC CARE list Group I 2021 ISSN : 2321-984X
5 A Comparative Study of Thematic Concerns in the Romantic Poetry of Devulapalli Krishnasastry and Shelley Lakshmi Vara Prasad Devara and Shalini Saxena English Kala: The Journal of Indian Arts History Congress, Volume-27, No. (V),  UGC CARE list Group I 2021 ISSN : 0975-7945
6 Education Versus Marriage: A Critical Analysis of Women’s Empowerment in Manju Kapoor’s Difficult Daughters Bashir Ahmad Sheikh  and Shalini Saxena English Kalyan Bharti, Journal on Indian History & Culture, Volume – 36 No. (XIV) , UGC CARE list Group I 2021 ISSN No. 0976-0822
7 Portrayal of Female Transformation in Manju Kapoor’s Difficult Daughters and Home Bashir Ahmad Sheikh  and Shalini Saxena English Research Chronicler: International Multidisciplinary Refereed Peer Reviewed Indexed Research Journal, Volume IX Issue IV 2021 ISSN: Online: 2347-503X
8  John Donne’s Attitude towards Women, Deconstructing the Taboo: A Study of Select Poems of John Donne Mohd Ibrahim Khan and Shalini Saxena English Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education,Vol.12 No.13 (2021), 796-798, UGC CARE list Group II 2021 e-ISSN 1309-4653
9  Transcendentalism and the Notion of ‘Self’ in Select Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson Shalini Saxena English Zeichen Journal,Volume 7, Issue 5, UGC CARE list Group II 2021 ISSN No: 0932-4747
10 Decoding Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on ‘ Learners and Educators Haseena Kabeer & Priyanka Chaudhary English New Normal in India: Development & Dimension in Information Technology, Management, Commerce, Science and Social Science 2021 ISBN: 978-93-84524-57-9
11   Ancient Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita: Guidance to Understand and  Overcome COVID-19 Pandemic Shalini Saxena and Mahendra Kumar Dhakad English Shodh Sanchar Bulletin, Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,Volume 10, Issue 39, UGC CARE list Group I 2020 IS’SN – 2229 – 3620