• Department of English
  • Department profile

    Literature is the reflection of society, its culture, values and traditions through the medium of language. While Literature embodies the cognitive aspects, language translates these into expressions and actions. A course in language is basic to the understanding of life and its meaning.

    The understanding of literature enables the students to empower themselves with essential life skills and enhance their career and personal growth, to participate in society as well-informed, responsible members. The Department of English therefore focuses on developing a deep understanding of language and literature and a perfect realization of the value of critical reading and effective writing. To achieve this end, the department inspires in the students a love of literature and language; it also imparts critical reading and reflection, and the ability to interpret and evaluate the content of any text in English. The UG and PG curricula have been framed keeping in mind the diversity and complexity and the inherent interdisciplinary and intercultural nature of the discipline. The department also provides greater scope for the faculty for professional development.

    Vision

    Working in accordance with the vision of the university, the Department of English facilitates development and empowerment of women through literature and communication skills in English

    Mission

    To make women candidates as scholars of literature through need-based competent curriculum offering scope for enormous job opportunities in research, media and other sectors where language skills are required.

    Genesis of the Department

    The Department of English has been active since its inception in 1957. Initially offering Part II General English for the undergraduates, the department introduced English Literature as an undergraduate major in 1967 with a thrust on Social, Historical and Cultural contexts of English Literature. Since then the Department of English grew at a steady pace widening the horizon from MA. (DLL) in 1988 to M.A. English in 2004, offering research degrees like M.Phil (1992) and Ph.D. (1993), which bolstered the research quest of the students.

    Fulfilling the evolving needs of the English graduates in the contemporary world, the Department of English structured its curriculum to meet the demands of both academia and industry.

    Objectives

    • To enhance both oral and written communication skills
    • To develop the capacity to critically examine Literature and Language
    • To prepare the students to be career-ready for a variety of jobs
    • To develop appreciation of English Language and Literature
    • To impart research skills and application of literary theories in research

    Thrust areas

    • Indian Writing in English
    • Indian English Drama
    • Gender Studies
    • Culture Studies
    • Subaltern Studies
    • American Literature
    • Drama
    • Diasporic Literature
    • New Literature
    • African American Literature
    • Children's Literature
    • Eco Literature
    • British Literature
    • Canadian Literature
    • Theoretical and Cultural Studies
    • English Language Teaching
    • Literary Theory and Criticism
    • Common Wealth Literature
    • Translation
  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.A.   English
    • M.A.   English
    • Ph.D   English
    • PG Diploma in French (from academic year 2018-19 onwards)

    Eligibility

    • B.A. : Any group in 12th Std.
    • M.A : B.A. English
    • Ph.D : M.A./M.Phil in English
    • PG Diploma in French : Any UG degree with some prior knowledge of French
  • Syllabus
  • Faculty Profile
    Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Mail id
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Kalamani
    M.A.,M.Phil., Ph.D.,
    Professor American Literature, Indian Writing in English 1987 [email protected]
    Mrs.A.Vijayarani
    M.A., M.Phil.
    Associate Professor Indian Writing in English & Drama 1990 [email protected],
    Dr.(Mrs) S.Christina Rebecca
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,NET
    Professor Indian Writing in English, Subaltern Studies, Gender Studies, Culture Studies 2002 [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) Chitra Sivasubramaniam
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.,.
    Associate Professor & HOD Indian Writing in English, New Literature & African Literature 2003 [email protected], [email protected]
    Dr. (Mrs). A. Jayasree
    M.A., M. Phil., Ph. D., NET
    Assistant Professor -SS

    Ecoliterature & Indian Writing in English

     

    2004 [email protected]
    Dr(Mrs.) Raichel M.Sylus
    M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., SLET
    Assistant Professor - SG

    Ecocriticism, American Literature, Children's Literature

    2004 [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) M.Anjum khan
    M.A.,Ph.D., NET, SET
    Assistant Professor British Literature, Canadian studies, Cultural and Theoretical studies 2013 [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Jayalakshmi
    M.A.,M.Phil.,PGCTE, SLET., Ph.D
    Assistant Professor English language teaching 2013 [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) Sreeja Balakrishnan
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., NET
    Assistant Professor Common Wealth Literature, Translation & Children’s Literature 2015 [email protected]
    French              
    Dr. (Mrs.) G.Jeevaratnam
    M.A.,M.Phil., B.Ed., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor - SG Foreign Language, Learning and Teaching, Translation & Interpretation

    2000

    [email protected]
      Self Supporting Staff (Department of English)              
    Dr.(Mrs.) Grace Priyadarsini Appadurai
    M.A., B.Ed., Ph.D
    Assistant Professor(Temporary) Indian writing in English 2014 [email protected]
    Dr. Mereena Alexander
    M. A., Ph. D.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) ESL, ESP, Lexical Categories, Linguistics 2019 [email protected]
    Dr.M.Samadhanam
    Emimal

    M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.,
    NET (JRF).,SET
    Assistant Professor (Temporary)
    Campus I
    Gender Studies,
    Children’s Literature
    2020 Samadhanam_emimal_
    [email protected]
    Ms. Suvitha Subramaniam
    M.A., M.Sc., M.Phil., NET, (PhD)
    Assistant Professor(Temporary)
    Campus I
    Existential Literature,
    Cognitive Psychology.
    2021 [email protected]
    Dr.R.Vanitha
    M.A.,Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor(Temporary)
    Campus I
    English Language Teaching 2021 [email protected]
    R.Prema
    M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil.,
    M.LibSC. M.Phil.,PGDCA,
    DGT.,DIP.MONT.Ed
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Indian Writing in English 2017 [email protected]
    R.Rubella
    M.A ,B.Ed
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Children Literature 2017 [email protected]
    Mrs.T.Thilagavathy
    M.A.,B.Ed
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    Indian Writing in English 2018 [email protected]
    Mrs. C.Kavitha
    M.A., M.Phil.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Indian Writing in English 2019 [email protected]
    Mrs.K.Usha Savithri
    M.A, B. Ed, M. Phil, (Ph. D)
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Indian Writing in English 2019 [email protected]
    Mrs.G.Harine
    MA English.,
    MA Tamil., M.Phil.,(English)
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Psychological Analysis of
    Young Adult Fiction in American Literature
    2019 [email protected]
    Mrs.P.Sindhuja
    MA, B.Ed, M. Phil
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Eco Criticism 2019 [email protected]
    Ms. A.Mohananithya
    MA, B.Ed,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Literary Criticism 2019 [email protected]
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    Mrs.S.Tharani
    M.A,B.Ed,M.Phil
    Teachning Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Indian Writing in English 2019 [email protected]
    Ms.M.Anushya
    MA (English), MA (Tamil), M. Phil.,
    Teachning Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Literature and Cognitive Science 2020 [email protected]
      Self Supporting Staff (French)              
    Mrs. Indumathi Ramakrishnan
    M.C.A, French Delf B2
    Teachning Assistant (Temporary) Teaching French as a Foreign Language 2020 [email protected]
    Ms. Mary Monisha R
    PG Diploma in French, DELF B1
    Teachning Assistant (Temporary) Teaching French as a Foreign Language 2020 [email protected]
    Ms. Mary Nithisha R
    B.A.English, PG Dip. in French, DELF B1
    Teachning Assistant (Temporary)
    (Campus II)
    Teaching French as a Foreign Language 2020 [email protected]
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