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About Department

The Post Graduate Department of English welcomes its alumni, current and prospective students, and visitors from around the world to learn about its facilities and programmes, and to discover its range of courses, activities and events.

The Department journal LITERARY ORACLE is listed in UGC CARE Group-II It is indexed in MLA International Bibliography, Directory of Scholars, ERIH PLUS, Google Scholar, Worldcat, Citefactor, et al. details at www.literaryoracle.com

The Department of English was established in the year 1976 in Berhampur University. It offers a two-year Master's degree programme, Ph.D Programmes and an M. Phil programme, which were introduced in 1977. The intake is 50 students at the M.A. and 8 at the M.Phil level, respectively. The Ph.D students are enrolled each year as per the seats available with expert faculty after qualifying in the NET/URET of Berhampur University.

The Master's degree programme is an advanced level course in English literature and Language. This is one of the few Departments in the country offering Master's level courses in English Language Teaching, Environmental Humanities, Translation and Creative Writing apart from courses in British, American and Indian Literature. Berhampur University is the only university in the state which offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary approaches in M.A and M.Phil./ Ph. D courses with Linguistics and ELT as Core components and American Literature, Ecocriticism, Ecolinguistics, Translation and Creative Writing as electives. The Course offers Professional and Academic Writing in the CBCT (Allied Elective) paper (designed for inter departmental Elective). The M. Phil programme is a research level course comprising Research Methodology, Literary theory, and offers students choice in the between Comparative Literature, Popular Literature and Ecocriticism in the Elective section of the course.

In a nutshell, courses for postgraduates and research students range from Pre-Modern to Modern British literature, Modern Indian Literature, American and World Literatures in English, Critical Theory and cultural studies focused on Dalit and Tribal texts and contexts and Environmental Humanities. Courses link students with interdisciplinary opportunities on and off campus. A distinguished series of speakers, symposia and conferences provide a context for sustained learning and debate within the humanities. The Ecolinguistics paper has been designed under the mentorship of Prof Arran Stibbe, Gloucester University, UK.

The Department has organised a number of state level, national and international seminars, conferences, Extra mural Lectures, workshops and Refresher Courses. Many distinguished national and international literary figures and noted academicians, including Nobel laureate William Golding, scholars and critics like, Leslie Fiedler, Christopher Norris (introduced Deconstruction to the Department), Al Young (noted African-American Poet), Raman Seldon, Peter Wolfe, Howard Wolfe, Valentine Cunningham, John Worthen, Valerie Miner, Dorothy Deering, Ed O'Shea, Kirsten Shands, Sissy Helf, Carole Barret, Sukhbir Singh, Padmashree Jayanta Mahapatra, Daya Dissanayake, Sunil Govinnage, Alan Johnson, Marzenna Jacubzuk, Iwona Milweska, Brenda Mehta, Arturo Davila, Patrycja Austen, Sooshilla Gopaul, Kamila Junik, Shiela Teffts, A Karunakar, Sushil Sharma, Colin O'Brien et al have visited and lectured in the Department. The Department has a distinct research culture and the faculty and Scholars are actively engaged in research and have several achievements to their credit. The Department has produced many scholars, poets and administrators of repute.

The prime objective of this Department is to prepare quality researchers and teachers in the field of English Literature and Language, both through teaching and research, to meet the demand of the state as well as the country. The objective of the Department is also to enhance the skills of the students so that they can avail myriad job opportunities in the fields of study and in related fields as well. Apart from studies the students and alumni of the department have distinguished themselves in journalism, sports, music and other co-curricular activities at both national and international levels.

Thrust areas of Research: Contemporary Literature; Ecocriticism; Theatre and Performance Studies; Indigenous Literature; Subaltern Studies.

Newsletter- Tidings November 2022

Distinguished Alumni:

1.Prof. Soubhagya Kumar Mishra, Kendra Sahitya Academi Award recipient

2. Prof. P K Mohanty, First Editor of Samaya

3. Prof. A K Purohit, Former Director, HE, Odisha

4. Prof Bibhu P. Padhi, Internationally famed scholar and poet

5. Mr Kumuda Parichha Patnaik, Chief Commissioner Income Tax

6. Prof. N. Nagaraju, Vice Chancellor, GM University, Odisha

7. Prof Dilip K Das, EFLU, Hyderabad

8. Prof J Tripathy, IIT Madras

9. Prof Prasanta Panda, IIT, BHU

10. Prof Bijay Kumar Danta, Tezpur University, Assam

11. Ms. Babita Sabar, Miss India Intellectual, 2020

List of External Mentors

  1. Prof. Arran Stibbe, Professor of Ecological Linguistics, Gouchestershire University, UK.
  2. Prof. N. Naga Raju, Vice-Chancellor, G M University, Sambalpur
  3. Prof. G J V Prasad, Novelist, translator, Former Professor of Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
  4. Prof. A. Karunakar, Former Dean of Arts and Professor of English and Director OUCIP, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  5. Prof. Sukhbir Singh, School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy & Comparative Religions, Nalanda University

Programme

Master Degree ( M.A.)

Course Tenure: Two years (Four semesters)

The two-year Master of Arts (English) course shall comprise FOUR Semesters. Semester I and Semester II shall be taught in the first year, while Semester III and Semester IV shall be taught in the second year of the M. A. Programme. Each semester shall consist of FIVE papers.

Ecocriticism and American Literature special paper programmes are being taught at the M.A. level at present.

Objective:

  1. The course is meant for advanced readers in the field of English Literature in particular and World Literature in general with an interdisciplinary approach and a view to helping them acquire the following:
  1. Greater flexibility in understanding the cultures of different parts of the world through their literature
  2. Ability to develop a diachronic understanding of how the English language has been differently handled in different generations as well as different continents and cultures.
  3. Greater ability to use the English language both professionally and personally at different phases of human experience.
  4. Greater ability to understand and develop competence in English Linguistics and technicalities of ELT.
  5. Ability to understand ecology, sustainability and empathize with the world around

Visualized outcome of the Course

  1. With an enhanced worldview through literatures in English, the students can shape into great ambassadors of literary as well as cultural exchange on a global scale.
  2. The course will help promote humanistic ideals while emphasizing the need for sustainabilty, global peace and ecological well-being.
  3. The course will help the students find employment in different sectors with expertise in English language and enlarged worldview.

How to Enter into the Course Programme:

Berhampur University issues an advertisement in the University website and Newspapers seeking application for admission to M.A. programmes every year before the academic session. The process of selection into the programme involves an Entrance test and other criteria fixed by the Berhampur University.

Curriculum / Syllabi

ObjectiveThe curriculum and syllabus follow the National agenda of making Universities Centres of Excellence in research. It is meant for advanced readers in the field of English Literature in particular and World Literature in general with a view to helping them acquire:

  1. Skills in understanding the different cultures through their literature
  2. Ability to develop a diachronic understanding of how the English language has been differently handled in different generations as well as different continents.
  3. Greater ability to use the English language both professionally and personally in different phases of human experience and for sustainability
  4. Ability to understand and develop competence in English Language Teaching and Linguistics

Visualized Outcome:

  1. With an enhanced worldview through literatures in English, the students can shape into great ambassadors of literary as well as cultural exchange on a global scale.
  2. The course will develop research aptitude in the students
  3. The course will help promote humanistic ideals while emphasizing the need for global peace and ecological well-being.
  4. The course will help the students find placement in different sectors with expertise in English literature, language and linguistics.

Click Here to Download the Syllabus


M.Phil/ Pre-Ph.D

About Course Programme

The M. Phil. Programme: The programme consists of Two Semesters namely Semester I and Semester II, each consisting of 16 credits and 400 marks. Semester I of the M.Phil programme is the coursework consisting of FOUR Papers namely Paper I, Paper II, Paper III & Paper IV each carrying 100 marks. Under Semester II of the M. Phil. Programme, a student will (i) make a Review of Research Progress through PPT carrying 100 marks against 04 credits under Paper V and (ii) submit a dissertation towards Paper VI carrying 300 marks. However, the nomenclature of the papers shall stand as noted under the Papers below

Pre-Ph. D. Coursework: The Pre-Ph.D. Coursework [one semester] shall consist of the same Four Papers namely Paper I, Paper II, Paper III & Paper IV as in the M. Phil programme, each carrying 100 marks and 16 credits in total [Same as Semester I of M. Phil.].

Note:

Core Elective: Students will have a choice of three Electives, namely, Comparative Literature, Popular Literature and Ecology and Literature. They have to choose one out of these three in Paper IV.

How to Enter into the Course Programme:

Berhampur University issues an advertisement in the University website and Newspapers seeking application for admission to M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes every year before the academic session

The process of selection involves the following phases:

    1. Entrance Test (NET Qualified Candidates are exempt from the Entrance Test)
    2. Viva Voce Test of the candidate's short-listed through the Entrance Test.

Curriculum / Syllabi

Click Here to Download the Syllabus.

D.Litt. Programme as per Guidelines in Berhampur University Regulations

People

Dr. Shruti Das
Professor and Head
M.Phil. Berhampur University, Ph.D., Utkal University
Email:[email protected], [email protected]
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Dr. Shruti Das is currently Head, P.G. Department of English, Berhampur University and Director, Centre for Canadian Studies, Berhampur University. She is a translator, creative writer and a critic, writing bilingually in English and her native tongue Odia. She has participated, presented papers and chaired sessions in many National and International Seminars on English language, literature and Communication skills in India, USA and Europe. She has been a visiting Lecturer in 2 Universities in Poland. She has the distinction of being placed in the ALA Directory of Scholars, Princeton University, USA. She has published many research articles and creative work in National and International Journals and books, and eleven books including three volumes of poetry: From Margin to the Centre- A Toni Morrison Reader (2009), Contemporary Communicative English (1st Edition 2010, 2ndEdition 2015), Language Learning Skills: Teacherís Perception (2016), The Widening Gyre (OUP 2016), Re-Thinking Environment: Literature, Ethics and Praxis (2017), Form and Finesse: Business Communication and Soft Skills (2017), A Daughter Speaks: a Collection of poems (2013) and Lidless Eyes (2015), Performing the Nation: Memory and Desire in Contemporary Literature (2019), Earth Song (2020) and Environment and Culture in the Anthropocene (2020)† to her credit. She is Board of Studies of many Universities and Colleges, member Board of Editors and member Advisory Body of many National and International Literary Journals and the Editor of Literary Oracle: An International Journal of Literature and Culture. Her poetry has been published in many anthologies and journals in India and abroad. A translator and public speaker of repute, she has received international acclaim and has been placed in the Bibliography of Commonwealth Writers for her first volume of Poems and has received the ASLE Travel Award-2019 at the University of California at Davis. Her special interests are Critical Theory, Postcolonialism, South Asian Feminism, Ecocriticism, Translation, Linguistics and English Language teaching. She has organised 2 National and 3 International Conferences in the Department since 2013 and has created a YouTube Channel for the department as a repository of distinguished Web lectures.

Dr. Tuta Eswar Rao
Asst. Professor
Ph.D., Berhampur University
Email:[email protected], [email protected][dot]co.in
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Dr. T Eswar Rao did M.A. in English from the Berhampur University in the year 1998. He did his Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Ranjit Kumar Pati, OES, Govt. of Odisha, in the year 2011 and he is now an Asst. Prof. in Berhampur University. Since 1998, he has been teaching English, including Indian, American and British Literature. He was born in Chintapalli, a small village in the district of Gajapati, Odisha. 01 Research scholar has been awarded Ph.D.under his guidance. He has participated in 08 international and 23 National/regional/conference/seminars/workshop/FDP. He is life member of 05 professional Association. He has published 07 books, and 17 papers in International Journal and 02 papers in National journal. He is also the author of a book on Girish Karnadís plays.

His research interests include American Literature and Indian Literature

Mr. Anil Kumar Tiriya
Assistant Professor
M.A. English, Linguistics, PGD in ELT
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Mr. Anil Kumar Tiriya is Assistant Professor of English in Berhampur University since 25th February 2016. He has specialization in English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Indian Writing in English, Subaltern Studies and Tribal literature. He is pursuing Ph.D. in the P.G. Department of English, Berhampur University. He has research interests in British Drama, Indian English literature, Postcolonial Studies, Subaltern Studies, Gender Studies and Tribal literature. He ha participated and presented the research papers in many National and International Seminars, Conferences and Workshops. He is a member of Board of Studies of English in Berhampur University. He is a resource person for Communicative English and Soft Skill programmes in OSOU, Sambalpur. He is a dedicated teacher, scholar and researcher. His research interests include ELT, Linguistics, Shakespeare, American Drama.

Facilities

P.G. Department of English has the following facilities for students and research scholars:

Smart Classrooms: 02

Seminar and Library:

Department has an independent Seminar library (Biyotkesh Tripathy Library) and a Seminar Hall (Toni Morrison Hall) with audio-visual system where weekly students seminar are conducted under the supervision of a Teacher-In-Charge. Department has its own library with about 4000 books and several recorded lectures, journals / newsletters.

E-Resources like ProQuest, Inflibnet from R.P.Padhi Library, of the University and access to the e-resources of IIT Kharagpur Library are available through LAN and Wifi connections in the Department and the Library.

Extra Mural Lectures by Distingushed Scholars from India and abroad enrich the students and expand their scholarly boundaries.

Computing facilities:

The department has a E-Resource laboratory equipped with internet facility. Expert teachers help the students use the facilities to learn LSRW Language skills.

The Department of English, Berhampur University, has a YouTube Channel as a repository of lectures for the use of the students of the Department and as a global outreach.

Awards:

The Department institutes five Awards to encourage students and scholars,

  1. Doris Deering Prize for the Best Graduate of the year,
  2. Biyot Kesh Tripathy Award for the Best Paper in the conferences organized by the department.
  3. Biyot Kesh Tripathy Award for the Second Best Paper in the conferences organized by the department
  4. Award for the Best Interdisciplinary Paper in the conferences organized by the department
  5. Award for the Best Paper by a Graduate student of the department in the conferences organized by the department.

Research

Research Thrust Area

  • Gender Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Drama
  • English Language Teaching
  • Postcolonial and Culture Studies
  • Translation

Research Publications 2010-2020

  • Books: 14 [National- 12, International- 2]
  • Research Articles: 125 [National and International]

Events

Seminars/Conferences/ Distinguished Lectures

  • Distinguished Lecture Series: 2 International Web Lectures by Richard Kerridge (Bathspa Univ, UK ) and Maureen OConnor (UCC, Ireland) . 10 August 2020
  • Two Day International Conference and Poetry Festival on Environment and Culture in the Anthropocene, 1-2 December 2019.
  • Distinguished Lecture: Sunil Govinnage, Poet(Australia). 28 November 2019
  • Two-day International Conference on Narrating the Nation: Memory and Desire in Contemporary Literature during 8-9 Feb. 2019.
  • Three-day International Conference on Re-Thinking Environment: Literature, Ethics and Praxis during 28-30 Dec. 2016
  • National Seminar on American Puritanism, 20 July, 2015
  • National Seminar on Postmodernism in Literature, 30-31 Jan, 2013
  • Lecture Programme On Tribal Studies : India And America By Fulbright Alumnus Prof. Carole Barrett, 18 Jan, 2013
  • International Lecture Programme on Postcolonialism by Prof. Sissy Helf, Univ. of Goethe, Frankfurt, Germany, 12 Nov, 2012
  • Wife mother and Terrible Mother in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats with noted Prof. Edward OShea, SUNY, USA as the Resource Person. Sponsored by USIEF, Kolkata 26 March 2010

Workshops

Academic Training for English Teachers at Degree level from affiliated colleges under Berhampur University. 7-14 Feb. 2020

Departmental Activities

  • Weekly Seminars
  • Film Shows for Students [Text to Movie]
  • Annual Fresher's Day
  • Annual Picnic
  • Nature Reading Club
  • Celebration of Days of National and International Importance
  • Poetry Reading Sessions

Department Activity Clubs

  • Nature Reading Club
  • Yoga Club
  • Movie Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Swachh Bharat Club
  • Creative Recreation Club
  • Anti-Ragging Peer Counselling

Alumni

  • First alumni-meet 30Jan,2013 and inauguration of the Wall Magazine COROLLA by Prof. Sukhbir Singh, Prof. Emeritus, Osmania University
  • Second Alumni-meet-cum Lecture on 'Contemporary Writing Practices' 13 May, 2015
  • Third Alumni-meet-cum Lecture on 'Speaking in English for Employment' 18 Jan, 2015
  • Inauguration of the Alumni Issue of the Wall Magazine COROLLA by Prof. A Karunakar, Director OUCIP, Hyderabad
  • Felicitation of Successful Alumni
  • Registration of Association under process
  • Alumni get-together and picnics: 21 Jan 2015 and 7 Feb 2016
  • Alumni meet 8 Feb. 2020
  • Alumni Face Book Page: P G Department of English- Alumni

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Dr. Shruti Das
Professor and Head
Email : [email protected], [email protected]