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The Department:

The Department of English was one of the few departments with which the University of North Bengal started functioning fifty years ago in 1962. Since then the Department of English has always been vibrated with teaching, research and extramural activities. The Department has at present only six teachers and two posts are likely to be filled up shortly. Most of the teachers serving now have international publications and visits to their credit. Some of them are engaged in collaborative work with universities abroad. Always innovative but earnestly student friendly, the staff of the Department have always been trying to keep the matter of teaching and research on a par with the current international standards. A language lab, a well-stocked seminar library, a computer lab, and the audio-visual aids supplement the elan of the teachers to break new grounds. And the results of all these have always been satisfactory. The Department takes pride in regular output of brilliant students and researchers many of whom are well established academics home and abroad.

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Courses:

Course Name

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

P.G.

Paper 101 – Renaissance Studies

Paper 201 – Nineteenth Century Studies- The Romantics

Paper 301 – The Moderns I

Paper 401 – Literature of the USA, Africa, and Americas

Paper 102 – Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Paper 202 – Nineteenth Century Studies- The Victorians

Paper 302 – The Moderns II

Paper 402 – Postcolonial Literature

Paper 103 – Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies

Paper 203 -  From the late Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century

Paper 303 – Literary Theory

Paper 403(Special Paper) – American Literature or Indian English Literature or Texts in Translation or Linguistics and Phonetics

Paper 104 – Group Discussion( 50 Marks) and Viva-Voce(50 Marks)

Paper 204 – Group Discussion( 50 Marks) and Viva-Voce(50 Marks

Paper 304 – Group Discussion( 50 Marks) and Viva-Voce(50 Marks

Paper 404 – Group Discussion( 50 Marks) and Viva-Voce(50 Marks

M.Phil.

Paper 1 – Critical Approaches

Paper 3 – Group A:Twentieth Century British Literature; Group B:Twentieth Century American Literature

Seminar  Paper

Dissertation Paper

Paper 2 – Research Methodology Marks & Application Of Critical Approaches

Paper 4 – Postcolonial Literature

Term Paper

Viva-Voce On Dissertation

Ph.D. (course work)

Paper 1 – Critical Approaches

Paper 2 – Research Methodology & Application Of Critical Approaches

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Research Profile:

Collective Research Focus:

The collective research profile of the department is quite interesting and variegated in that it ranges from the apparently familiar fields like Elizabethan drama and Modern British poetry through the less trodden paths like Reformulating Medieval Catholic Theology, Ecocriticism, South Asian Theater, and Translation Studies. Each teacher can supervise a maximum of eight research scholars at a time, and this norm has enabled the supervisors to work along their specializations in a focused way notwithstanding the personal interests of the researchers. The collective research focus of the Department is on the contemporary critical approaches – the broad spectra of postmodernism/ poststructuralism. The re-readings of the canonical texts are encouraged only with a view to firing the cannon. Indian, South Asian, European, American literatures – all are there in the ongoing and upcoming research projects tightly and neatly based on contemporary theoretical framework. Even when areas like ELT and Translation Studies are chosen, the politics of pedagogy and translation become matter of primary focus. “Unity in Diversity“ is therefore what characterizes the research profile and the collective research focus of the department.

Research Vision: 2012 – 2017

As is the case with all other Indian Universities, our University too has always tried to keep abreast of the global trends in both teaching and research. So far as teaching and research at the department of English for the last few decades are concerned, there is no gainsaying the fact that it was on the whole traditional like all other Indian English departments although continual revisions of curricula were always conscientiously carried on. This scenario, however, started changing in tandem with the metropolitan University departments gradually from 1990 onwards when the very concept of teaching English literature itself started undergoing drastic changes. Precisely speaking, English literature as usually taught at the departments of English in terms of only British texts lost its heyday and had to give way to other literatures written in English all over the world. As a result, the syllabus got drastically changed in order to make room for texts from varied other literatures and cultures. We included in the curriculum texts from Indian English Literature, African English Literature, American Lit., Canadian Lit., Australian Lit., and so on. Some of these, however, were also offered as special/optional papers to the students, depending on the existing faculty specializations. More importantly, there has meanwhile taken place a radical break in the very approach to literature itself. ‘Theory’ has occupied centre stage replacing much of what was known generally as humanist studies/approaches hitherto carried on/practised at not only literature departments but also other departments. So ‘theory’ made its way to the English syllabus in terms of such figures as Lacan, Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Saussure, Said, Butler, Laclau, Zizek, Kristeva, Irigaray, bell hooks, Showalter, Jameson, Greenblat, Agamben, Blanchot, and so on, apart from its existing core of literary theory content. This phenomenon made all the difference to critical approaches to literature as such and also to our teaching of texts at the department. This ushered in different studies now pursued at nearly all university departments of India. Most important of these that we pursue here at our department are Feminist Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, Marxist Studies, Culture studies and Ecocritical Studies. We can state with confidence that the department of English, University of North Bengal, is now on a par with even many metropolitan University departments in respect of both teaching and research in terms of these advanced theoretical orientations. This profile the department has come to achieve gradually during the last decade and is now ready to break new ground in research along these lines.

So far as research vision for the next five years or so is concerned, we have quite a number of areas in our programme. Some of these are already undertaken and are being pursued by researchers under supervision by the specific faculty members at the department. In terms of priority, other areas in our purview are:
Feminist Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, Ecocritical Studies, Translation Studies, Black Studies and Culture Studies.

Feminist Studies: For the last five years, a lot of research along feminist lines has been undertaken. This research has been carried on mainly in terms of women writers and that, too, Indian women writers and their texts. This is proposed to be extended to other related areas like queer studies, eco-feminist studies, black women’s studies and French feminist studies. Indian English Lit: Similarly, in a bid to further extend our present research on Indian English Literature, the departmental colleagues are looking forward to Diasporic Lit., Indian Theatre of Roots, Minority Discourses, Women’s Voices in Partition Lit., Asian American literature, and so on. Postcolonial Lit: Again, under the general rubric of Postcolonial Studies, we have on the agenda a good many areas for research and studies, namely, nation, ethnicity, race and caste. In this respect, we are now poised to extend our reach from Indian literature to Dalit literature, African American literature, Australian literature and Canadian literature. Regional Language Lit: Meanwhile, Indian literatures in regional languages are being profusely translated and many of these have already been placed on our regular syllabus. We want to address ourselves to this area also. Culture Studies: The next area that has been meanwhile partially explored in terms of seminars is that of Culture Studies. The department thinks seriously of initiating research, to begin with, on popular culture, especially on areas related to film, media and local orature.

Departmental Journal:

Negotiations: An International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, ISSN (print) 2231-1378, peer-reviewed

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Faculty Directory

Faculty
Name and Research Area Contact
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Dr. Chandanasish Laha

Associate Professor

Modern English Literature & Language

+91- 9475760623

claha@rediffmail.com

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Dr. Soumyajit Samanta

Professor

Medieval Catholic Theology & Modernist Aesthetics

+91-9531563051, 9734984369

soumyajitsamanta919@gmail.com

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Dr. Ashis Sengupta

Professor

Theatre/Performance Studies

+91 0353-2522901

ashmit_2003@yahoo.com

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Mr. Bishnu Pada Roy

Associate Professor

Poetry, Postcolonial Theory

+91-9434166818

bishnuray@gmail.com

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Dr. Ranjan Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary studies, ranging across critical theory, comparative aesthetics, comparative philosophy, historical theory and philosophy of history, cultural theory, religious studies, Modernism (intersections between literature and philosophy), ecocriticism, educational philosophy and theory

+91 0353-2776350

weransum@yahoo.co.in

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Visiting Scholars

Name of Scholars

Duration

1.Shantanu Majumdar

2009-2010

2.Dr. Niladri Chatterjee

2011

3.Pro. Hari Sharan Lal

2011

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Supportive Staff

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Contact Us

Department Address: Department of English, North Bengal University, Raja Rammohunpur, PO-N.B.U., Dist- Darjeeling, West Bengal, PIN – 734013, INDIA

Telephone No : 0353-2776350

E-Mail: nbu_english@rediffmail.com

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