Head of the Department
Dr. Chandrani Biswas (CB)
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
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The Department of English is one of the premier departments of
the college. The department is supported by a committed team of
professors who aim at effectively delivering a course in
English, which is renowned for uniformly maintaining its
standards of academic excellence over the years. The quality of
students in the undergraduate programme is commendable. The
department is at present headed by Prof. Dr. Chandrani Biswas.
The undergraduate programme in English specially aims at shaping
the interpretative and critical skills of the students. The
syllabus covers a wide range of texts, authors, movements,
literary trends, theories and schools of criticism. It
encompasses a study of the history of English Literature
together with intense analysis of representative works of
eminent authors, dramatists and poets such as Shakespeare,
Milton, Dryden, Pope, Jane Austen, Dickens, Shaw, Romantic,
Victorian and modern poets. The final semester offers courses in
specialized areas such as Modern fiction, poetry and drama
together with American Literature. Strategies of teaching
include lecture method, audio-visual techniques, student
seminars, term papers and class discussions.
Professors of the Department are involved in serious academic
research. Prof. Dr. Chandrani Biswas has several articles on
African and African-American literature in reputed anthologies.
Prof. Bertram Da Silva’s interests include Shakespearean
theatre, Modern American literature poetry and music. The
research interests of Prof Partho Mukherji include Philology,
Modern drama, Romantic and Victorian poetry. Prof Dr. Argha
Banerjee has several publications to his credit in national and
international journals. His research interests include Romantic,
Modern writing and Indian writing in English. Prof. Christina
Mirza’s areas of specialization include nineteenth century
literature and American literature. Prof. Dr. Suchandana
Bhattacharyya’s research interests include American Literature,
modern drama and fiction. Rev. Fr. Shaju Joseph specializes in
modern American theatre, literature and films.
Prof. Dr. Chandrani Biswas is the President of the English
Academy. The English Academy organized it’s annual cultural
event ‘Literaria ‘ on 22nd September, 2010. The day-long event
included dance presentation by students, an inter college
creative writing competition, debate, a dramatic presentation
from Twelfth Night by students of the undergraduate programme, a
film and guest lecture by Dr. Amitava Roy. The day ended with a
musical presentation by students of the college and Prize
distribution ceremony. The programme was graded by Fr.
Provincial, Fr. Vice Principal, Deans, faculty members of
different departments, visiting faculty from other colleges,
participants and eminent judges such as Academy award winner
Dibyendu Palit, Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu together with
Prof. Ralla Guha Niyogi. The Department of English organizes
student seminars, film screening of texts taught in the syllabus
and quiz programmes on a regular basis.
The undergraduate programme in English is specially designed
at shaping the analytical and critical skills of students. The
syllabus covers a wide range of texts, authors, movements,
literary trends, theories and schools of criticism. It covers a
history of English Literature survey together with intense
analysis of representative works of eminent authors, dramatists
and poets such as Shakespeare, Milton, Jane Austen, Dickens,
Romantic and Modern poets etc. The final semester offers courses
in specialised areas as American Literature. Strategies of
teaching include audio-visual techniques, student presentations,
term papers and seminars.
In a single lecture period, a teacher addresses a batch of
Research Work and Publications
The members of the faculty are involved in serious academic
research. Prof. Dr. Chandrani Biswas has several articles
published in anthologies of repute such as “Women in Protest
Literature” in “Mightier Than Machete” edited by
Harish Narang, Wiley Eastern Ltd., New Age International
Publishers Ltd. in collaboration with Indian Council for
Cultural Relations, New Delhi. Her book “Woman and War”
published by Books Plus, New Delhi is part of the African
Literature course at the post-graduate and research levels in
the Department of Language, Literature and Culture Studies,
School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her
research interests include African women’s writings in English,
African-American literature, Romantic poetry, Jane Austen and
female writing tradition.
Prof. Bertram Da Silva’s interests include
Shakespearean theatre, Modern American literature, poetry and
music. He has been a part of post graduate teaching in the
University of Calcutta.
The research interests of Prof. Partho Mukherji
include Philology, Modern drama, Romantic and Victorian poetry.
His publications include ‘Introduction to Jesperson’s Growth and
Structure of English Language and Studying Synge’s “Riders to
the Sea”. Both the books have been published by Book World,
Kolkata, 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Prof. Dr. Argha Bannerjee has made several conference
presentations both at home and abroad. His research interests
include Romantic and Modern Literature and Indian Writing in
English. He was a Commonwealth Research Scholar at the
Department of English, University of Sussex, U.K. where he wrote
his doctoral thesis on ‘Gender and Poetry of the First World
War’. His publications include among other works “Female
Voices in Keat’s Poetry” (Atlantic Publishers). Besides this
he has also contributed to international journals of repute
like Keats and Shelley Review and Working with English
(journal of the Department of English, Nottingham University,
U.K.). He is also actively associated with the CSRL, the Centre
for Studies in Romantic Literature. He is also on the guest
faculty of Department of English, Jadavpur University.
Prof. Christina Mirza’s research interests include
nineteenth century literature and American Literature. She also
imparts French courses to the students of the college.
Prof. Suchandana Bhattacharyya’s research interests
include American Literature and Modern drama and Fiction. She
has contributed to the Journal of English department, University
of Calcutta. Recently she has submitted her doctoral thesis in
Afro-American Literature at the University of Calcutta. She has
participated and presented papers in several workshops and
seminars organized by Women’s Studies Department, Calcutta
University and JUJAS, Jadavpur University.
Rev. Fr. Shaju Joseph’s research interests include
modern American theatre with special reference to the Theatre
adaptations of the plays of Tennessee Williams. At present Fr.
Shajau is involved in doctoral research on the theme of
representation of evil in modern novels.
Performance and Achievements
The academic performance of the students of the department
has been consistently good for the last few years. Nine students
have secured first class in the first autonomous batch. A lot of
students secure admissions to prestigious post-graduate courses
in India such as JNU, DU, CIEFL (Hyderabad) , University of
Bombay, Jadavpur University, University of Calcutta, Rabindra
Bharati University etc. Quite a few students are pursuing
programs in higher research in universities abroad. Students of
the college actively participate in various extra-curricular
activities organized by the English Academy and Fine Arts
Society such as inter-college creative writing competitions,
debates, exhibition of paintings and photography etc.
The syllabus of the Department of English has been designed to
provide the students of this undergraduate program with a strong
foundation in English Literature. The course will equip them for
further study and research in the subject. It is also intended
to be proactive and to make the study of literature exciting and
challenging. Students will be encouraged to participate in the
teaching -learning process to develop their skills for original,
independent and analytical thinking and appreciation.
The three-year undergraduate program in English is divided into
six semesters – the syllabus in each semester introduces the
students to literary study and focuses on critical techniques,
approaches and debates to provide the students with the basic
tools for literary analysis and appreciation. The students study
set texts, which have been contextualized within specific
literary periods allowing them to examine major figures/ works
within their cultural, literary and political contexts. In turn
they will be introduced to literary forms, terms and theories
through the texts they study.
Continuous Internal Assessment is an integral part of the
curriculum. Continuous assessment in each semester is on the
basis of tutorials, term papers, seminars and tests.
The department offers a course in Elective English to students
with Honours in Political Science or Sociology. The program in
Elective English introduces the student to major English poets,
novelists and dramatists. The course is designed to teach the
student the basics of literary analysis and appreciation and
update him with major trends and works of English Literature.
The syllabus also has a language component intended to train the
student in reading, comprehension and writing skills.
The department conducts a course in Compulsory English which has
to be taken by all B.A. and B.Sc students. The Alternative
English course is generally offered to students who did not have
Hindi or Bengali as Second Language in their Board examination.
Faculty members of the department who are actively engaged in
research work regularly attend and make presentations at both
national and international level seminars. Some of these
presentations have been converted into publications in various
literary journals. Some faculty members have been involved in
post-graduate teaching. Faculty members have also been part of
syllabus-formation and revision committees, besides fulfilling
their regular academic obligations as paper setters, moderators
and examiners in various University and Public Service
The department organizes seminars and workshops, creative
writing sessions, literary quizzes, and fine-arts exhibitions
through the cultural societies, The English Academy and The Fine
Arts Society which are run by department teachers.
The academic reputation of the department is testified by the
phenomenal rise in number of applications evinced every year.
Listed by India Today as one of the best English
undergraduate departments in the country, we offer the student
an exciting, challenging and stimulating experience which will
not only provide him or her with a strong foundation in the
subject but also develop intellectual and analytical skills that
the student may take with him or her into other fields of study
or professional life.
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