Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Formerly known as nagpur university. Accredited with grade A by NACC

Department of English


About us

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Department of English was established in 1958. It offers a Post graduate course in English studies and research. Its focus (since inception) was concentrated on British literature spread over six papers till the end of the twentieth century. The remaining optional papers used to accommodate American literature, Comparative literature. But because of the growth of new literatures /writings, new papers such as Films studies , Dalit literature, New trends in Indian writings , African-American literature are now incorporated in the new syllabus to justify the semester pattern introduced by the university after a decade of twenty first century. The new pattern encourages the students to read more and gives a wider scope to them to choose the areas of their interest.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
To broaden the mental horizons of students and to provide them with more tolerant and liberal worldview.

Courses

COURSES AVAILABLE: M.A. in ENGLISH
INTAKE CAPACITY: 60

Admission & Eligibility

Any graduate from UGC recognized university. However, the candidates with English literature/ additional studies in English literature will be preferred for admission.

Faculty

REGULAR
FACULTY
NAME OF FACULTY AND DESIGNATION SPECIALISATION AREA OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH

D. M. SHENDE

DHARAMDAS M. SHENDE
PROFFESOR & HoD
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AMERICAN LITURATURE
DALIT SAHITYA
DECONSTRUCTION
CULTURAL STUDIES

S. D. PALWEKAR

S. D. PALWEKAR
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
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CRITICAL THEORIES
ECOCRITICISM
ROMANTIC POETRY
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Dharamadas Shende

Name: Dharamads M. Shende
Designation: Professor & Head-Dept. of English
Area of Interest/Research: Modern American Fiction,
Postcolonialism , Dalit Sahitya , Deconstruction, Cultural Studies
Phone: 0091-712-2548617, Cell: 0091-9923399672
E-mail: [email protected]
 

PUBLICATIONS:

  1. “Does Santiago Reflect Siddhartha?, ” Odyssey: International Journal for Literature and Philosophy, IV, (2000), 85-93.

  2. “Buddhist Influence on Modern Western Fiction”, Journal of Nagpur University English Teachers’ Organization, I, 1 (March 2000), 62 – 75.

  3. “Politics of Oppression: A Study of Some of the Cultural Issues in African American and Dalit Autobiographical Writings,” National University of Modern Languages (Islamabad, Pakistan, 2006), pp. 85-108.

  4. “(Agri)Culture in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Sadanand Deshmukha’s Baromas : Beyond Postcolonialism,” ICFAI: Journal of English Studies, III, 2 (June 2007), 67-87.

  5. “ The Retold Truth : Burning Bright in the Light of the Buddha’s Teachings,” John Steinbeck’s Global Dimensions ( Lanham, Maryland : Scarecrow Press Inc., 2008), pp. 153-65.

  6.  “Redefining Transcendentalism in the Light of Ambedkarvad: A Study of Kirvant & Rutes and Escape Routes”, Re-Markings, VII, 2 (September 2008), pp.27-34.

  7. “Balancing Duality: An Indian Approach to Better the World” byICD, Berlin (Germany) (http://www.cultural diplomacy.org/ academy/ index.php? en-symposium2010-reviews-participant-papers) July 2010
     

  8. “Better Culture, Better Civilization: Rethinking Multiculturalism” by ICD, Berlin (Germany) http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/ cultural diplomacy news/participant-papers) June 2011.
     

Book ( Edited):
Deconstruction: New Considerations in Humanities (A Festschrift in Honour Professor JB Paranjape) Saarbrucken: Lamberd Academic Publisher, 2012 (Germany).  

Currently working on:
8) Internecine (Post)colonial Discourse: Understanding Dalit Plays in the Light of Ambedkarvad with special Reference to Datta Bhagat’s Routes and Escape-Routes and Premanand’s Gajvi’ Kirvant.  

OVERSEASE VISITS (Research/Academic):
a) Visiting Research Scholar, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Summer 1994
b) Fulbright Scholar, Northern Illinois University, IL, USA, Summer 2004
c) Sixth International Steinbeck Congress, Kyoto, Japan, June 2005
d) First International Conference on American Literature, NUML, Islamabad, Pakistan, September 2005.
e) International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy, ICD, at Berlin (Germany) 23-30 May 2010.
f) Dept. of English and American Studies Humboldt University, Zu Berlin (Germany) June 2011.
g) 26th Annual MELUS Conference by Dept. of English ,Santa Clara University, CA (USA), 19-22 April 2012

COORDINATION OF REFRESHER COURSE (UGC Sponsored):
a) Text in the Context
b) Understanding Multiculturalism: New Approaches to Indian Writings in English
c) Colonial and Postcolonial Discourse
d) Interdisciplinarity: Understanding Culture and Literature
e) Literature and Discourse of Marginalized
f) Comparative Literature

ORGANIZATION OF SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS :
a) A One-day National Seminar on “Multi-Dimensional Steinbeck: A New Millennium Perspective,” (February 27, 2003)
b) AThree-dayNational Seminar on “Understanding Multiculturalism: Translation, Culture and Literature” in collaboration with CIIL, Mysore, (5-7 February 2008)
c) A One-day workshop on “Deconstruction: Sites and Insights (January 15, 2007)
d) A One-day seminar on “New Trends in Critical Theory” (June 16, 2012).  

RESOURCE PERSON(Seminar/ Conference/Refresher Course/ M.Phil. Course):
  a) International Conference on “Politics, Ideology and Literature: Trends and Tendencies in Contemporary Writing” organized by the Department of English, University of Mumbai on 20 – 22 February 2004.
b) “John Steinbeck & the West : Comparative and Postcolonial Perspectives,” a one-day National Seminar organized by the Department of English, Pondicherry University on February 27, 2006.
c) “Ambedkar and the Nation,” a two-day National Seminar organized by the the Centre for Ambedkar Studies, Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur on 28-29 March 2007.
d) National Conference on “Emerging Literary Theories” organized by the Department of Comparative Languages and Literature, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon on 4-5 March 2008.
e) Lectures on “Modern American Fiction” in the Refresher Course, Department of Englsih, R.D.University, Jabalpur in August 2003.
f) Lectures on “Postcolonial Theory” in the Refresher course, Department of English, Dr. B.A.Marathwada University, Aurangabad in December 2005.
g) Lectures on Modern American Fiction in M.Phil. course, Sant Gadage Baba Amravati University in May 2007.
h) On the topic of “Rethinking Multiculturalism”, in a weeklong Session of ICD, Berlin (Germany) in
June 2011.  

EXAMINER FOR Ph. D. THESES : a) Osmania University, Hyderabad
b) Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur
c) Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra
d) Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar University, Aurangabad
e) North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon
f) Swami Ramanad Teerth Marathwada University. Nanded
g) Sant GadageBaba Amravati University, Amravati
 

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS:
a) “Cultural Interface in the Fiction of Kamla Das and Manju Kapoor” by Leena Chandanani. January 2004 (Ph. D.)
b) “Colonized Psyche: Journey Towards Liberation in the Texts of Paule Marshall” by Geetanjali Diwekar, July 2004 (Ph. D.)
c) “Understanding Her Postcolonial Ethos in the Postmodern Fiction : A Cross Cultural Perspective ” by Meera Pardesi , January 2008 ( Submitted in January 2012 for Ph.D.)
d) Walt Whitman and ST Coleridge: Buddhist Humanism, December 2006 (M.Phil.)
e) Jack Kerouac: A Writer with Buddhist Mission, December 2007 (M. Phil.)
f) “Rethinking Human Civilization: A Study of the Writings of Cormac McCarthy” by Shefali Gulab, January 2009 ( Ph. D.).
g) Simplexcity: A Study of the Writings of Ruskin Bond in the light of Human Relationship by Mrs. Kundu, July 2010 (Ph.D.)  

MEMBERSHIP OF ORGANIZATIONS:
1) Indo-American Centre for International Studies, (Formerly ASRC) Hyderabad.
2) Dhvanyaloka: Centre for Indigenous Cultural Studies , Mysore.
3) Steinbeck Society , USA  


Palwekar

Dr. S. D. Palwekar : Associate Professor

UGC Sponsored Major Research Project: 2010-2012

  1. Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and Environment (Rs. 5,56,200/- Five Lakh Fifty Six Thousand and Two Hundred)

Nagpur University Sponsored Research Project:

  1. Violation of Human Rights in select works of Kiran Desai, Vikas Swarup, Arvind Adiga and Arundhati Roy (Tenure: 2015—2017, Amount 2, 47, 500)

Books Published:

  1. Literature and Environment: A Study of Select British, American and Indian Writings Lambart Academic Publishing, Germany, 2012
  2. Multiculturalism: Dynamics and Challenges, eds. Sanjay Palwekar, Hatice Sitki( Australia), Qingxin Jiang (China), Authors Press, New Delhi: 2014
  3. Human Rights and Literature, Authors Press, 2019
  4. Mapping Caste and Gender, eds. Sanjay Palwekar, Dharamdas Shende, Rashmi Tikku, Authors Press 2019.

Articles Published:

  1. Things Fall Apart: From Postcolonial Perspective, Indian Journal of English Studies.
  2. Ecofeminism : An Overview, Indian Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  3. Deconstruction : Metaphysics of Presence and Absence, Deconstruction: New Consideration in Humanities.
  4. A Cloud around the Silver Lining: A study of Vikas Swarup’s Slumdog Millionaire, Adiga’s The White Tiger and Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things.
  5. Ecofeminist Study of Margarette Fuller’s Summer on the Lake, Gender Studies
  6. Challenges in Higher Education in India, 2013.
  7. Caste in India, 2014.
  8. Multiculturalism : A Global Perspective, Indian Journal of English Studies, 2016
  9. Land and Labourers in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, 2016.
  10. Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss: A Postcolonial Perspective, 2016.
  11. Ecocentric Reading of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, 2016.
  12. Social Exclusion of Tribals in India, 2016.
  13. God of Small Things : A Subaltern Perspective, 2016.

Paper Presented Abroad

Paper Presented Abroad
Sr. No. Title of Research Paper Title of Conference Place
1. Arun Joshi's The Foreigner from Multicultural Prespective Multiculturalism: Theories and Practice 14-17 May, 2012 Cardiff School of English Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff (United Kingdom)
2. Ecovision of Margorate Fuller British and American Studies 17-19 May, 2019 Department of British and American Studies, West Timisoara, (Romania)
3. Ecoconsciousness in the select Works of John Steinbeck John Steinbeck 1-3 May, 2013 Martha Cox Centre for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University, California (USA)

Doctoral Degree:

  • Awarded: 05
  • Submitted: 02
  • Ongoing: 02