Programmes

The Centre for Comparative Literature, functioning since 1988, aims at providing an interface between literatures and cultures. The Centre offers M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes which encourage a study of systems of knowledge in order to develop a critical awareness of socio-political and cultural discourses.

Medium of Instruction:

Applicants should note that the medium of instruction in the Centre is English, and, hence, should ensure that they have a good knowledge of English to follow the lectures and actively participate in curricular activities.

MA (Comparative Literature)

The M.A. in Comparative Literature is a four-semester programme and each semester carries 16 credits, apart from two foundation courses in the first year. There is continuous evaluation followed by semester-end examinations. The programme allows a choice of elective courses and a research-oriented dissertation in the fourth semester. While the programme traces the history of the discipline and the development of methodologies, it also emphasizes Translation Studies and Cultural Studies as tools to engage with literatures and cultures.

The entrance examination for M.A. will carry 100 marks, comprising questions of objective type that will test the candidate’s English language / literary comprehension skills as well as awareness of Indian / world literatures, literary criticism / theory and contemporary trends / movements

M Phil (Comparative Literature)

The M.Phil. in Comparative Literature is a three-semester programme, including course-work and dissertation, with maximum one more semester extension. The first semester course-work, of compulsory / elective courses for 14 credits, has continuous evaluation and a semester-end examination. By the end of the second / third semester, the student is required to submit a dissertation, written under faculty guidance on an approved topic, as per the rules and regulations of the Centre/University.

The entrance examination for M.Phil. / Ph.D. will carry 70 marks and consists of objective type questions in two parts. Part A for 35 marks will be on research / analytical / reasoning capabilities. Part B for 35 marks will test the candidate’s knowledge of Indian / world literatures, comparative / literary / cultural theories, contemporary trends / movements as well as English language proficiency.

Applicants for the M.Phil. programme must submit along with the application a brief research proposal (about 500 words). Applicants for Ph.D. admission must submit along with the application a brief research proposal (about 750 words).

Short-listed M.Phil. / Ph.D. candidates are to appear for an interview (30 marks), with six copies of their research proposal, on dates notified by the Centre/University.

 

Ph.D (Comparative Literature)

The Ph.D. in Comparative Literature extends over a minimum period of two years. The nature of the programme is decided by the student in consultation with faculty, but the requirements invariably include course-work comprising 12-14 credits over two semesters and a thesis on an approved topic under faculty supervision.

The entrance examination for M.Phil. / Ph.D. will carry 70 marks and consists of objective type questions in two parts. Part A for 35 marks will be on research / analytical / reasoning capabilities. Part B for 35 marks will test the candidate’s knowledge of Indian / world literatures, comparative / literary / cultural theories, contemporary trends / movements as well as English language proficiency.

Applicants for the M.Phil. programme must submit along with the application a brief research proposal (about 500 words). Applicants for Ph.D. admission must submit along with the application a brief research proposal (about 750 words).

Short-listed M.Phil. / Ph.D. candidates are to appear for an interview (30 marks), with six copies of their research proposal, on dates notified by the Centre/University.