The BA (Honours) English program offers students individualized access to excellent teaching on Greek, British, American and world Anglophone literatures with a view to training students in methods of contextual reading, critical thinking and writing. Students receive grounding in canonical texts such as those by Aeschylus, Sophocles, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and George Eliot; are immersed in modernist works by James Joyce, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Harold Pinter, Thomas Stearns Eliot; and become well-versed in contemporary global writing by Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Naguib Mahfouz, Amitav Ghosh and Margaret Atwood.
The program puts particular emphasis on the historical, social and political conditions surrounding literary production and reception. The courses draw upon a broad range of methodologies and theoretical approaches, such as postcolonialism, feminism, Marxism, post-structuralism, ecocriticism and adaptation studies to mention just a few. By honing skills in critical thinking and rhetorical analysis, the English major produces broadly educated and multifaceted graduates. Students are asked not just to grapple with the range of meanings and moments present in poetry, novels, plays, films, young adult fiction, creative writing and popular culture, but also to produce compelling writing of their own. The craft of research, scholastic writing and knowledge of the great intellectual debates on literary criticism are distinguishing features of the English major. The program uses literary and visual discourse to encourage sustained engagement with issues of power, positionality, ethics and agency in local and transnational contexts.
Our students acquire multiple valuable skills such as communication, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, and evaluation which apply to numerous professional fields. Our graduates have pursued careers in government, journalism, communications, arts, teaching, and administration. Additionally many of them have embarked upon higher studies in creative writing, social sciences and humanities doctoral programs.
Dr. Tamkin Hussain