Eng_Deptt.

"Language is inseparable from ourselves as a community of human beings with a specific form and character, a specific history, a specific relationship to the world," wrote Ngugi wa Thiong'o, the famous Kenyan writer. It is this relationship between words and life that literature attempts to explore. An Honours Course in Literature teaches the students to engage with a whole range of literary texts-spanning across diverse cultures and countries; from Latin American Literature to African, Afro-American, Indian, Canadian, and European Literature. By situating a book within its specific socio-political, historical and cultural context, the students are trained to read not just the surface text but also the sub-texts and the silences. It sensitises them to the concerns of the marginalised groups and their suppressed voices. The course also familiarises the students with literary theory, and teaches them to critically appreciate and analyze the texts by understanding the intellectual issues and debates of various literary periods. Apart from the sheer joy of reading, a study of literature prepares students for careers in mass communication, journalism, editing and publishing, management, civil services, creative writing, theatre, teaching - to name a few. The faculty comprises experienced teachers who are experts in the areas they are teaching. They have publications at the international and/or national level. The department also has an active literary society that engages with a number of cultural and literary activities and produces a departmental magazine. The department offers mass communication as an application course. It is a widely popular course that hones the talents of the students for various jobs in media.