Course: Master of Arts in English (M.A - English)

Duration: 2 Years
Level: Post Graduation
Type: Degree
Eligibility: Graduation or Equivalent

M.A. English or Master of Arts in English is a postgraduate academic degree. English literature includes comprehensive study of both ancient and modern English literature comprising poetry, prose and fiction. The literature is written in the English language not only by English writers from England but also from the other country writers, for example, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was Polish, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, J. R. R. Tolkien was born in the Orange Free State, V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad, and Vladimir Nabokov was Russian, but all are considered important writers in the history of English literature. The course also includes thorough study of Indian Writings in English from its very early times to the contemporary ones. The duration of the course is two years and the syllabus are divided into four semesters.

M.A. English Eligibility

The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing M.A. (English) degree is graduation with English as one of the subjects from any of the recognised university / college of the country. Some of the very reputed universities and institutes demand a minimum of 50% marks in graduation as qualifying criteria to secure admission in this course and conduct entrance examination to get admission to their M.A. (English) degree course. Selection to the degree course in these colleges is based on marks secured in the final merit i.e. total marks aggregated in the final exams of graduation and the entrance exam. 

M.A. English Syllabus
Syllabus of English as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

Sl. No.Subjects of Study - Sem. I
1.Literature in English: 1550-1660 (Part-I)
2.Literature in English: 1660-1798 (Part-I)
3.Literature in English: 1798-1914 (Part-I)
4.Literature in English: 1914-2000 (Part-I)
5.Study of a Genre (Option-i) Fiction(Part-I)
6.Study of a Genre (Option-ii) Drama(Part-I)
7.Study of a Genre (Option-iii) Poetry(Part-I)


Sl. No.Subjects of Study - Sem. II
1.Literature in English: 1550-1660 (Part-II)
2.Literature in English: 1660-1798 (Part-II)
3.Literature in English: 1798-1914 (Part-II)
4.Literature in English: 1914-2000 (Part-II)
5.Study of a Genre (Option-i) Fiction (Part- II)
6. Study of a Genre (Option-ii) Drama (Part- II)
7. Study of a Genre (Option-iii) Poetry (Part - II)
Sl. No.Subjects of Study - Sem. III
1.Critical Theory (Part-I)
2.American Literature (Part-I)
3.Indian Writing in English (Part-I)  
4.(Opt.i) Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies (Part-I)
(Opt.ii) English Language (Part-I)
5.(Opt.i) Literature and Gender (Part-I)
(Opt.ii) Literature and Philosophy (Part-I)
(Opt.iii) New Literatures (Part-I)
Sl. No.Subjects of Study - Sem. IV 
1.Critical Theory (Part-II)
2.American Literature (Part-II)
3.Indian Writing in English (Part-II)
4.(Opt.i) Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies (Part-II)
(Opt.ii) English Language (Part-II)
5.(Opt.i) Literature and Gender (Part-II)
(Opt.ii) Literature and Philosophy (Part-II)
(Opt.iii) New Literatures (Part-II)