The Department of English was established in 1952, the year of the inception of the college. It started offering M.A. in English Language and Literature in 1966, and B.A. in English Language and Literature in 1967. The Department was recognized as a Research Department in 1985. Comparative Literature Research and Study Centre (CLRSC) started functioning in 1998. A certificate Course in Communicative English was being offered in the department since 1995. In 2006, the UGC sanctioned two Add- On Courses: ‘ Communucative English ‘ and ‘Visual Communication’, which are now being conducted by the Department.
The Department offers the following programmes:
- B.A. English Language and Literature
- M.A. English Language and Literature
- Ph.D in English
- Open Course in Semester V for degree students
- Add-On Courses:
- Communicative English, since 2006
- Visual Communication, since 2006
English Literary Association
The English Literary Association comprises of the teachers and students of the Postgraduate Department of English. The Association aims at the overall development of the students, fostering brotherhood, promoting healthy competitive spirit and engaging in charitable activities.
In 1985, the Department of English was elevated to the status of a research department by the Mahatma Gandhi University. The CLRSC (Comparative Literature Research and Studies Centre) established in 1998, functioning under the Department of English as a separate Research Centre, has been instrumental in channelizing the research endeavours of students, teachers and scholars.
Faculty and Areas of Research.
- Dr. Shiela Elizabeth Abraham (Retd). ‘Violence and Black Females in the Novels of Tony Morrison, Alice Walker, and Gloria Naylor’.
- Dr. Elizabeth J. Thomas, ‘Contextualisation of History and Memory in the Novels of Leon Uris’.
- Dr. Leena B Cherian, ‘The Synergy of the Aesthetics of Rasa and Auchithya as Manifested in the Plays of T.S. Eliot’.
- Dr. G. Koshy, ‘Malayalam Novels in English Translation’.
- Dr. Annie Susan Mathew, ‘Kamala Das and Balamani Amma – A Thematic/ Stylistic Study’.
- Dr. Ashley Susan Philip, ‘Engendering the Nation: Female India in Selected Short Stories by Women Writers’.
- Dr. Renjith Joseph, ‘Search for Space in the Writings of Jeanette C. Armstrong’.
- Prof. Annie Varghese, ‘The Problematization of Woman-as Writer’ (Submitted).
- Prof. C. A. Varghese, ‘Postmodren Elements in Shashi Tharoor’s The Great Indian Novel, and M. Mukundan’s Daivathinte Vikritikal, under the guidance of Dr. M.Y. Abraham (ongoing)
- Prof. Susan Thomas, ‘The Story So Far: Issues of Caste and Gender as Cultural Concerns in the Selected Works of Mahasweta Devi’ (ongoing)
- Prof. Rahul N., ‘Mixing Memory and Desire: Dhvani and Lacanian Psychoanalysis in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot’ (ongoing)
- Prof. Remi Cherian, ‘Deep Ecological Consciousness in Selected Poems of Gary Snyder, Rabindranath Tagore, and Ted Hughes’ (ongoing)
- Susan Thomas: ‘The Indian Woman and her Social Space: A Reading of Selected Novels of Amitav Ghosh and Anita Desai’
- C.A. Varghese: ‘Post-modern Elements in Malayalam Fiction’
The Department of English was recognised as a Research Centre in 1985. Dr. G. Koshy, Dr. A.P. John, Dr. C.S. Philipose and Dr. M.Y. Abraham are the Research Supervisors.
The Research Centre has produced a total of eight PhDs till now. Three were awarded in the last 5 years:
- K. Sujatha, ‘The Political and Personal Facets of Motherhood in the Works of Fay Weldon’.
- Lata Marina Varghese, ‘The Storm and the Calm – Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things’.
Three Research Scholars are pursuing research currently in the following areas:
- Remi Cherian George, ‘Deep Ecological Consciousness in Selected Poems of Gary Snyder, Rabindranath Tagore, and Ted Hughes’
- Sajeesh S., ‘Analyst-Analysand Relationships in the Works of Doris Lessing’
- Priyadarsini S., ‘Woman as Survivor in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande’
CLRSC (Comparative Literature Research and Studies Centre) was established in 1998, as a separate Research Centre of the Department. Dr. G. Koshy is holding the post of Director. The CLRSC holds about 500 books in addition to copies of M.Phil and Ph.D dissertations from various universities.
- Computerized Language Lab, offering 15 positions.
- Seminar and Reading Room (CLRSC) for Research Scholars and Staff with a Reference Section containing more than 500 books, dissertations and back issues of journals.
- Audio-Visual Facilities for Training in Communicative Skills.
- Internet browsing facility for Students and Staff.
- Dr. Leena B. Cherian M.A., Ph.D.
- Dr. G. Koshy M.A., Ph.D. (Research Guide)
- Prof. C. A. Varghese M.A.
- Dr. Annie Susan Mathew M.A., Ph.D.
- Dr. Ashley Susan Philip M.A., M. Phil, Ph.D. (Research Guide)
- Prof. Susan Thomas M.A., M. Phil.
- Dr. Renjith Joseph M.A., Ph.D.
- Prof. Rahul N. M.A.
- Prof. Remi Cherian George M.A.
- Prof. Susmitha Ann Varghese M.A.
- Prof. Ann Mary Raju M.A.
- Prof. Sheeba K. Jacob M.A. M. Ed.
- Prof. Teena T. Elizabeth M.A.