Course profile: BA (Hons) in English
The course has been one of the most underrated programmes offered by the university. Yet, as contrary to popular notion, it is also one of the toughest courses.india Updated: Jun 26, 2012 11:35 IST
The course has been one of the most underrated programmes offered by the university. Yet, as contrary to popular notion, it is also one of the toughest courses.
What was earlier thought of as a course that revolved around reading basic texts cover to cover and reproducing whatever learnt verbatim in the examinations has changed dramatically to focus more on analysis, critical thinking, extensive reading and reference work.
The curriculum is spread over nine papers and focuses on papers like 20th century Indian writing, coupled with an interdisciplinary and a concurrent course in the first year.
In the second year, other than basic literature courses, students have the option of choosing between 19th century European realism and classical literature, along with two concurrent courses.
The third year is largely more literature-intensive, with romantic poets, contemporary literature and literary theory papers dominating the curriculum.
Career prospects leave students spoilt for choice.
“The course requires students to have an in-depth idea of not just the subject but the particular genre of writing as well. Shakespeare is an area that often leaves students confused. Students insist that English literature is about horizontal and vertical learning,” says Amrita Thomas, a final year student.
“There is a common misconception that English will help you improve your language skills, but it must be remembered that this is not a language course. It's a literature course which requires intensive reading and plenty of writing,” said Swaroopa Mukherjee, associate professor of English, Hindu College.