Department of English
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Established in 1965, the Department of English provides specialized knowledge and training in British Literature, New Literatures in English, Linguistics, ELT, Comparative Literature and Communicative Competence. It also seeks to develop, through teaching of Language and Literature, sensitivity to human and social values.

  Research Areas :
  • British Literature

  • American Literature

  • Indian Literature in English

  • European Literature

  • Indian English

  • Applied Linguistics

  • New Literatures in English

  Research Guidance:
  • Ph.D. : 73

  • M. Phil : 124


The Department conducts M. A. and M. Phil courses and guides research at M. Phil and Ph.D. levels. Under the overall scheme of improving teaching of English at the University level, ELT Centre, sanctioned by the UGC, was set up in the Department for the period of five years, from July 1987 to January, 1992. In accordance with the UGC guidelines, the ELT Centre organized Correspondence Courses for college teachers, prepared Teaching Materials for the undergraduate courses, and conducted Contact Programmes for college teachers in the modern techniques of Testing and Evaluation. The Department continues to be associated with the preparation of Text Books and Self-Instructional Materials for the undergraduate classes and the organization of the Teachers-Training Programmes.

Linguistics, including Teaching of English Language and literature, is one of the popular specialized Electives offered for M. A. and M. Phil. Courses.

  The Kolhapur Corpus of Indian English :

One of the major research interests of the Department is Indian English Studies. This is being pursued for the past 25 years systematically. The Department has been associated with the compilation of “One Million Word Computer Corpus of Indian English”, better known as “Kolhapur Corpus of Indian English”, which is being distributed worldwide through the Norwegian Centre for Computer Corpora Studies, Norway. The Kolhapur Corpus of Indian English, in machine readable form, is a million-word stratified random sample of the edited and published materials in India by Indians in the year 1978. It is meant for use with digital computers for the purposes of linguistic description of syntactic, lexical and semantic aspects of written Indian English. The Corpus has been designed to be closely comparable to the standard corpora of American English and British English to facilitate comparative studies of the three varieties of English. With the advent of computers, Corpus Linguistics has become a very important discipline.

  New Literatures in English:

The teachers in the Department are actively involved in research. They have been working on several UGC Projects and have published Research Papers extensively. The Department has been teaching and promoting research in New Literatures in English, including Indian/ African and Caribbean/ Australian and Canadian Literatures in English, known earlier as Commonwealth Literature, for the last 35 years. It has built up resources by way of books, journals and critical materials on all the major components of New Literatures in English, in general, and Indian /Anglo-Indian Literature in particular.

  Academic Programmes offered

The Department offers regular M.A., M.Phil. Courses and guidance for Ph.D. All the courses are designed in accordance with the UGC guidelines and are useful for careers in Teaching, Research and areas where Communication Skills in English are required. Electives offered at M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. levels are also of interdisciplinary nature.
The Department offers also the Self-supporting Courses like Certificate Course in Spoken English and P.G. Diploma in English, Marathi and Hindi Translation to the graduate students from any faculty.

  Course Structure :(Papers)
A) M. A. :

Framed in the light of the UGC Model Curriculum, the Course seeks to effect a shift from the colonial Anglo-centric notion of English Literature to a broader perspective on Literatures in English, thereby including a whole range of texts from non-English traditions as well as from non-literary but relevant disciplines of knowledge. The Course thus provides a point of convergence between literary studies and intellectual history.

The M. A. course consists of 8 Papers of which five are Core Papers and three are Elective Papers. The objective of the Core Literature Papers is to provide knowledge of Literatures in English (Poetry/ Novel/Drama) with the help of representative texts. The objective of the Core Language Paper is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts of linguistic theory and to enhance competence in English Language and Literature studies.

The Elective Papers offer specialization in the different research areas such as Linguistics, Comparative Literature, New Literatures in English, American Literature and British Literature.

There is no Entrance Test for admission to the M. A. Course

Papers for Credit by Choice

M. A. I
  1. Semester I : Indian English Literature Part I
  2. Semester II : Indian English Literature Part II

M. A. II

  1. Semester III : 20th Century British Literature Part I
  2. Semester IV : 20th Century British Literature Part II

Core Papers and Electives Papers:

M.A.Part I

Semester -I
  Core Paper I – I Literatures in English Poetry – Part I
  Core Paper II- Literatures in English Novel – Part I
  Core Paper III- Basic Concepts in Linguistics – Part I
  IV- Elective Paper from one of the five Groups / Credit
by Choice Paper
Semester II
  Core Paper V- Literatures in English Poetry – Part II
  Core Paper VI- Literatures in English Novel – Part II
  Core Paper VII- Basic Concepts in Linguistics – Part II
  VIII- Elective Paper from the same Group which paper IV was
offered in Semester I / Credit by Choice Paper

M. A. Part II

 Semester III
  Core Paper IX- Literatures in English Drama – Part I
  Core Paper X- Critical Theories - Part I
  XI & XII - Elective Paper from the same Group from which
Paper I was offered in Semester I / Credit by
Choice Paper
Semester IV
  Core Paper XIII- Literatures in English Drama – Part II
  Core Paper XIV- Critical Theories - Part II
  XV& XVI - Elective Paper from the same group from which
Paper IV was offered in Semester I / Credit by Choice Paper

Total marks for each Semester Paper : 100
Division of 100 marks : 80 + 20
(Theory) (CIE)

Division of CIE 20 marks = A) Oral Test ( Core Paper) : 10 marks
B) Home assignments ( each Paper) : 10 marks

For Each Paper, Units: 4 Lecture Hours: 15 for each unit
Four Credits for Four Units

Elective Papers :


Paper IV

Paper VII

Paper VIII

1. Linguistics

Applied Linguistics

Teaching of English     Language and Literature


2. Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature (English and Marathi)

Translation Studies : Theory & Practice

Indian Novel in Translation

3. New Literatures in English

Indian English Literature

African & Caribbean Literatures

Australian & Canadian Literatures

4. American Literature

19th Century American Literature

20th  Century American Literature

Black American & Native American Literatures

5. British literature

British Literature from Chaucer to the end of the 17th Century

British Literature from Pope to the end of the 19th Century

20th Century British Literature



B) M.Phil.:

Admission to the M. Phil Course is given on the basis of the marks obtained in the Entrance Test and also in the M. A. Examination.
M. Phil course is a full-time, regular course, spread over two terms of the academic year and consists of three Theory Papers and Dissertation. The entire M. Phil Course consists of the following:

1) Three Papers, 100 marks each - 300 marks
2) Seminars - 50 marks
3) Dissertation - 200 marks
4) Viva-voce - 50 marks
       Total : 600 marks

Course Structure:
Paper I - Research Methodology and Methodology of Teaching
Paper II - Major Contemporary Critical Theories
Paper III - Optional Course (One to be selected)
1. Modern British Literature (1900 - 2000)
2. Modern American Literature (1900 - 2000)
3. Major Trends in Linguistics
4. New Literatures in English

  Seats / Intake capacity : 
  • M.A. Part I : 60

  • M.A. Part II: 60

  • M.Phil : Seats in accordance with the availability of the Guides.

Eligibility :
  • M. A. : B. A. (Spl. English)

  • M.Phil. : M. A. B+ (55%)

 Seminars, Conferences and Workshops:
The Department has so far organized
  • National Conferences : 2

  • Seminars : 4

  • Workshops : 13

  • Orientation Courses : 12

  • UGC Refresher Courses : 14

  Facilities offered: 
  • 40 Booth Computerized Language Laboratory

  • Audio-Video systems

  • Departmental Library

  • SET/NET Coaching.

  • Placement Cell.

  • Remedial Coaching.

  • Memo-scribers


Professors: 01, Readers: 02, Lecturers: 04 + 01 (Temporary)

Name of the Teacher Designation Qualification Specialization
 Dr. P. A. Attar Professor and Head M.A., Ph.D. New Literatures in English,  British Literature
 Dr. M. L. Jadhav Reader M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D. American Literature
 Dr. C. A. Langare Reader M.A., Ph.D. Modern British, American Literature

 Dr. (Ms.) ,T. K. Karekatti (On ‘lien’)

Lecturer M.A., Ph.D. Socio-linguistics
 Mr. Prabhanjan Mane Lecturer M.A., M.Phil, PGDTE (CIEFL) American Literature, British Literature & European Literature.
 Mr. A. M. Sarwade Lecturer M.A. Linguistics
 Mr. M. S. Vaswani Lecturer M.A. American Literature
 Dr. (Ms.) R. G. Barvekar Lecturer (Temporary) M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil, Ph.D. Indian Literature in English