M.Phil. (English Literature)

M.Phil. in English Literature: Course Structure

An M.Phil. in English literature program is divided into semesters and consists of a dissertation which is an integral part of the course. Every student needs to submit a dissertation in the last semester and defend their thesis in front of a panel of professors form their university. Method of instruction includes classroom teaching, seminars, and presentation. Students are also assessed throughout the program through various assignments and projects. They also have to submit a paper in each term on a topic assigned to them.

M.Phil. in English Literature: Syllabus

The syllabus for M.Phil. in English Literature varies widely across universities in India. The table below gives a general overview of the syllabus and topics covered. Universities may, however, remove or add a paper on their discretion at any time.

Name of Paper Topics Description
Research Methodologies
  • Meaning and objectives of research
  • Research in Language and Literature
  • Materials and Tools of Research
  • The process of Research
  • Presentation of Research
  • Literature Survey
This paper introduces a student to research methodologies and their application.
Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Post-Colonial theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Deconstruction
  • Structuralism
  • Culture Studies
  • Reader-Response Theory
  • Historical Criticism
  • New Criticism
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Post-Structuralism
  • Marxist Theory
This paper introduces to different literary theories and how these can be applied to critically appreciate works of literature.
Renaissance Studies
  • Political Context
  • Culture & Society
  • Literary Figures
  • Prose and Poetry
  • Elizabethan Sonnet
  • Elizabethan Plays
  • Sidney, Spenser, Donne
Renaissance is considered the golden period in the history of English Literature. In this course, students learn about the various aspects of Renaissance literature.
Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Enlightenment
  • Development and Form of Novel
  • Neo-Classicism
  • Prose and Poetry
  • Historical Context
  • Eighteenth century European literature
In this course, students study Eighteenth century English and European Literature.
Indian Writing in English
  • History
  • Debates
  • Indian English Poetry
  • Indian English Plays
  • Indian English Novels
This course introduces to works of Indian writers writing in English. This course also delves in the context of these writings and debates surrounding them.
  • Tragic Plays
  • Comedies
  • Historical Plays
  • Sonnets
  • Discourse on Shakespeare
Shakespeare is a stalwart of English Literature and this course studies his works with a critical perspective.
Literature in the Nineteenth Century
  • French and European Realism
  • Novels
  • Prose and Poetry
  • Drama
  • Debates and discourse
  • Victorian Literature
This paper delves into the discourses on literary works of the Nineteenth century.
Twentieth Century Fiction and Poetry
  • Modernism
  • Lost Generation
  • Poets of the World War I
  • Dadaism
  • Surrealism
  • Poets of the World War II
  • Literature Post World War
This course inspects the developments/changes in fiction and poetry during and after the two world wars. It also introduces to the various literary movements.

Apart from these broad category courses, every university may have other courses which are specific in nature and cover topics from a wide variety of genres, authors, and discourses. Below is an example of such courses:

  • Popular Culture Texts
  • Twentieth Century American Literature
  • Representation of the self in African-American Literature
  • Culture and Crime : Golden Age Detective Fiction
  • Partition Drama
  • Dalit Literature


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M.Phil. (English Literature) Colleges IN INDIA

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CMJ University
Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya
2.55 L Total fees
Mewar University - [MU]
Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
28 K Total fees
40.22 K first year fees
6.69 K Total fees
2.41 L first year fees
YBN University - [YBN]
Ranchi, Jharkhand
1.05 L first year fees