Department of B.A (English) - Shift 2

History

Department of BA English Literature was established in the Academic Year 2016 – 17.

Mission

The Course aims at promoting the love for English language and literature in the students along with honing the skills of LSRW in English. The course also prepares the students to enhance their skill of critical and analytical thinking and to inculcate the importance of human values through the study of literature.

Vision

Globalization has placed a great demand for English proficiency and the development of critical and analytical skills is a much sought after area in corporate training and Human Resource Departments , in Media and Journalism and Civil Services. As a result there is also a great role played by the English teachers for the overall development of our nation.

Objective

  • Honing the Listening-Speaking-Reading-Writing skills in English
  • Preparing students to become familiar with critical and analytical thinking

Program Outcomes

  • Command a basic understanding of literary history, of the history of criticism and theory, and of multi-cultural literary traditions.
  • Write clear and complex expository and argumentative essays and to make clear and coherent oral presentations.
  • Interpret written works with the tools of rhetorical, cultural, and literary analysis.
  • Develop research skills using traditional and electronic resources.
  • Cultivate a lifelong intellectual curiosity

Staff Achievement

The Faculty members have attended/organized seminars, conferences and workshops to enhance Professional Efficiency.

Dr. Vimala Chandrasekharan,-Assistant Professor & Head:

  • Organized a National Seminar on “Shakespeare@400: The Timeless Bard” and was the Core-Committee Member (30 November 2016).
  • Was the Co-Convener for the Two-Day International Conference on “Emerging Trends in English language Teaching” organized by the Departments of English on 13-14 December 2017.
  • Attended 10 National / International Seminars, presented 7 Papers and published 3 Research Papers.
  • Attended 1 FDP Programme.
  • Authored a book Krishna & Arjuna and Sstories from Mahabharata and also Co-Authored2 English course books for school children.
  • Visited Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2017. Had a 2 hr. interactive session with Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler, Head, NELK Institute of English and American Studies and two of his colleagues, Prof. Karsten Levihn-Kutzler and Prof. Hanna Teichler. Discussed the undergraduate curriculum and teaching strategies at length and exchanged ideas

M. Rajesh, Assistant Professor:

  • Attended 1 Seminar and presented 1 Paper.

Dr. C. Vinodhini, Assistant Professor:

  • Was a member of the Organizing Committee for the 2-Day International Conference on “Emerging Trends in English language Teaching” organized by the Departments of English on 13-14 December 2017.
  • Attended 3 Seminars and 1 FDP Programme.
  • Presented 19 Papers at National/ International Conferences and published 10 articles in refereed journals.

T. Mangaiyarkarasi, Assistant Professor:

  • Was a memberof the Organizing Committeefor the 2-Day International Conference on “Emerging Trends in English language Teaching” organized by the Departments of English on 13-14 December 2017.
  • Attended 2 Seminars.
  • Presented 10 Papers at National/ International Conferences and published 4 articles in refereed journals

Student Achievement

2016-17

Name

College

Event

Prize

Amoga Krishnan Ayyengar

Ethiraj College for Women

Quiz

Participation

Nivedita

SBOA

Shakespeare Quiz

III Prize

Ruth Blessy

SBOA

Shakespeare Quiz

III Prize

Varshini M

SDNB Vaishnava College for Women

Shakespeare Quiz

III Prize

Veena Sharmila

Stella Maris College

Cooking without fire

Participation

 

Name

College

Event

Prize

Angel Jackuline Epzhipba

SDNB Vaishnanva College for Women

Cooking without fire

Participation

Manju E

Stella Maris College

T-Shirt designing

Participation

Priyanka

Stella Maris College

T-shirt Designing

Participation

Pavan Venkat Sai

SDNB Vaishnava 
College for Women

Quiz

Participation

Nivedita

MCC

Channel Surfing

Ist Prize

Akash

Selected in State Cricket Team

 

 

2017 - 18

B. Subhachandran - I Yr  -  Hindustan College of Arts & Science - - Picturize A Poem- I Prize

D. Samsundar – I yr – Essay writing – Indian Oil & Central Vigilance Commission- Vigilance Awareness Week – 3rd Prize

Department Association Activities

2016 - 17

National Seminar: Shakespeare@400:The Timeless Bard

BA English Department conducted a National Seminar “Shakespeare@400: The Timeless Bard” supported by the British Council on 30th November 2016 to commemorate the 400th Death Anniversary of the great English playwright William Shakespeare.Padmashri Dr. Indira Parthasarathy, Academician, Playwright and Novelist was the Chief Guest.Ms. Nishtha Gautam, Assistant Professor, NCWEB (Delhi University), Author, Columnist, Web Producer (Zee Media Pvt. Ltd.) was the Guest of Honour.

There were two Technical Sessions.

Resource Persons – Dr. T. Sriraman, Prof (Retd.), EFLU, Hyderabad and Dr. Jamuna Kalyani Sridharan, Academician & Coordinator, Shakespeare Millennium Club.

There was a Panel Discussion. The panelists were Dr. K. Ganesh (Asso. Prof & Head, Dept. of English, MCC Thambaram), Dr. Anita Balakrishnan (Asso. Prof & Head, Dept of English, Queen Mary’s College), Dr. Evangeline Manickam ( Prof., Dept. of HSS, IIT Madras) and Ms. Lata. K (Asst. Prof., Dept. of English, Stella Maris College).

The students of BA English presented a skit based on the play The Tempest.

The British Council screened the movie Edward III at the seminar.

Poetry Reading

A Poetry Reading session was held on 5th December 2016 in the Guru Ramdass Seminar Hall. Two poets Raghavendra Madhu and Suvashree Chauodhary from Prakriti Foundation visited our college and read their poems.

 

2017 – 18

Writers’ Club GNC – QUILL

Writers’ Club was launched on 19th September 2017. Eminent Writer and the recipient of R. K. Narayan Award 2015 Sreekumar Varma was the Chief Guest.

The Aim of the Writers’ Club is to identify and promote the Creative Writing talents  in the students of all disciplines. The Club plans to convene monthly meetings where the members get an opportunity to present their works followed by constructive reviews. Also in the agenda are creative writing workshops and intercollege competitions in Creative Writing. The Club also intends to bring out an annual journal Quill for the students by the students with guidance from the faculty members.

Structure of the Writers’ Club:

Vice President: Dr.Vimala Chandrasekharan

Staff Advisors: M.Rajesh, Dr. C.Vinodhini, T.Mangaiyarkarasi

Secretary: Amogha Krishnan Ayyangar (II Yr.)

Committee Members:

  1. Ruth Blessy (II Yr.)
  2. Dharnesh Kumar (II Yr.)
  3. M. Varshini (II Yr.)
  4. Nivedita (II Yr.)
  5. B.Subha Chandran(I Yr.)
  6. T.C. Bhaghyashree (I Yr.)

2-Day International Conference on “Emerging Trends in English Language Teaching (ICETELT 2017)” jointly organized by Departments of English Shift I , Shift II & BA English Literature

A two-day International Conference on Emerging Trends on English Language Teaching(ICETELT 2017)was jointly organized by the three Departments of English, Departments of English Shift – I, Shift- II and BA English Literature on 13th& 14th of December 2017. Dr. Mustafiur Rahman, Pro Vice-Chancellor, City University, Dhaka, Bangladesh was the Chief Guest and Dr. Geetha Durairajan, Professor, Department of Material Development, Testing & evaluation, EFL University, Hyderabad was the Guest of Honour. The panel Discussion “Emerging Trends in English Language Teaching” was led by Dr. Kirti Kapoor, Professor of English, Department of Curriculum Studies, NCERT, New Delhi. Panelists were Dr. SP Dhanavel, Professor of English, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Madras,Dr. Ramesh Sharma, Associate Professor of Educational Technology & Learning Resources, Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia and Dr. k. Shriganeshan, Senior Lecturer, English Language Teaching Centre, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Chief Guest for the Valedictory Session was Dr. Naga Selvanathan, Visiting Fellow, department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, Singapore. There was very good response and the Paper Presenters shared valuable inputs on the theme of the Conference.

Department Association Inauguration

BA English Literature Department Association was inaugurated by Dr. Sudha Shastri, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay on 18th December 2017. Director Dr. Gunita Arun Chandhok in her Felicitation speech congratulated the Department in forming the Department Association. Dr. Vimala Chandrasekharan, Head of the Department briefed about the objectives of the Association and introduced the student office bearers. She also introduced the Chief Guest Dt, Sudha Shastri who is an eminent scholar and teacher of English. In her inaugural address Dr. Shastri extolled the role of Literature in inculcating human values apart from preparing them for a flourishing career in the field. M. varshini, Student President gave the welcome address and Amogha Krishnan Ayyangar, Student Treasurer proposed vote of thanks.

Talk on Girish Karnad’s play Nagamandala

As a part of Department Association activities, there was a talk on Girish Karnad’s play Nagamandalaby Dr. Sudha Shastri. Dr. Shastri spoke extensively about the play how Karnad had blended folklore and realism in his play to address a serious social issue of oppression of women. It was an interactive session and students enthusiastically participated in the discussion.

Prominent Alumni

 

Research Projects Received

Dr. Vimala Chandrasekharan,

Research Activities - Paper Presentations:

  • Presented a Paper titled “Learner-centered teaching in ESL Classroom at the Tertiary Level” at the two-day International Conference on Emerging Trends in English Language Teaching organized by the Departments of English, Guru Nanak College (Autonomous),, Chennai – 600042 on 13-14th December 2017
  • Presented a Paper titled “Sita’s Ecocentric Existentialism in Anita Desai’s Where Shall We Go This Summer?” at a National Conference on Synergising SustainabilityContinuum: Multidisciplinary Explorationsin Eco-Literary Praxix” organized by the PG & Research, Department of English, Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai – 600034 on 8th December 2017 
  • Presented a Paper titled “ Socio-Cultural Clashes in Anita Desai’s Bye-bye Blackbird” at the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Socio- Cultural Perspectives in English Literature organized by the Department of English, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Cimbatore on 17, February 2011
  • Presented a Paper titled “Escapism of Sita in Anita Desai’s Where Shall We Go This Summer?” at the Nationsl Level Seminar on The Inner Vision… Psychological Insights in Contemporary Literature organized by The Post-Graduate Department of English, Nirmala College for Women, Coimbatore on 6th January 2011 
  • Presented a Paper titled “Bim – Unfailing Source of Strength in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day” at UGC Sponcored National Seminar on Changing Faces of New Woman in Indian Writing in English organized by Department of English, Govt. DT. College, Utai, Durg (C. G.) 3-4 January 2011
  • Presesnted a paper titled “ Teaching Anita Desai’s Story ‘A Devoted Son’ to Undergraduates in Foundation English Course in a Mixed Ability Class” at The Fourth International and 40th Annual Conference of ELTAI (English Language Teachers’ Association of India) , Chennai 7 -9 August 2009
  • Presented a paper titled “Multiple Intelligences and ESL Teaching at the Undergraduate Level” at the 2nd International and 38th Annual ELTAI Conference in Chennai, on 10 Feb 2007

Publications:  a) Research Papers

  • “Sita’s Ecocentric Existentialism in Anita Desai’s Where Shall We Go This Summer?” in the UGC approved journal BODHI (International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Science). Vol 2. Spl iss 1. Dec 2017.ISSN 2456-5571. Pp 21-25. Print
  • “Bim: Unfailing Source of Strength in Anita Desai’s Clear Light Of Day” in the book titled Changing Faces of New Woman Indian Writing in English ed. Dr. A. A. Khan. Adhyayan Publishers & Distributers, New Delhi. 2012. Pp128 – 137. Print
  • “ Bim’s Unfailing Strength in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day”

Language in India www.languageinindia.com 11: 3 march 2011

 

M. Rajesh ,

Research Activities

  • Seminars: 1
  • Paper Presentations:
  • International Conference: 1

 

Dr. C. Vinodhini ,

Area of Research: 20th Century British Poetry
Research Activities:
Paper as a part of Book:
Feminine Issues - In the Writing of British Female Authors (English)Edition 1, 2015. Publisher : VL Media Solutions. Page No.185.ISBN: 9789380820729, 9380820720
Title:Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” – TheQuintessence of Narcisstic and Ego-Centric Teaching.
Articles Published in International Refereed Journals:

  • Ruminations- A Peer Reviewed Bi-Annual International Journal for Analysis and Research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Volume-3, No. 1, December 2012. Page No. 118-121. ISSN: 2229-6751 Title:Athol Fugard’s “Sizwe Bansi is Dead” – An Epitome of the Apartheid in South Africa
  • The International Journal for Culture, Literature and Criticism, Issue- 6, October 2012.  Page No. 75-80. ISSN: 0976-1608 Title:“The Pride of Africanity”- Revitalizing Negritude with Reference to  Léopold Sédar Senghor’s Poems.
  • Thematics Journal: A Peer Reviewed International Journal of English Studies, Volume-3, Issue-1, January 2012. Page No. 57-60. Available Online at  ISSN: 0975-8313 Title: Protest as a Way of Life as Revealed in the poems of Seamus Heaney.
  • Contemporary Discourse: A Peer Reviewed International Journal , Volume-2, Issue-1, January 2011.Page No. 220-224. ISSN: 0976-3686 Title: Legacy of Communal Segregation in the Poems of Seamus Heaney.

Articles Published in International Conference Journals:

  • Reformative Ideologies in Kalaingnar DR.M.Karunanidhi’s “Parasakthi”. Page No.516-518.  ISBN No – 978-81-908-07-883
  • Resuscitating of Irish Gaelic Language in the Poems of Seamus Heaney. Page No. 126-132. ISBN No – 978-81-910681-6-0
  • History of Indian Advertisements. Page No.301-303. ISBN No – 978-81-907473-1-8
  • Television Advertisements. Page No.304-307. ISBN No – 978-81-907473-1-8 , Articles Published in National Conference Journals:
  • Acquisition of Communication Skills, Page No.256-257. ISBN No – 978-81-898-43-465
  • Social and Cultural Issues in ELT , Page No.309-311. ISBN No – 978-81-908397-4-7, Papers Presented:
  • 13-14. 12. 2017 International Conference on EMERGING TRENDS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING organized by the Departments of English, Guru Nanak College (Autonomous), Chennai – 600042. Topic: Social and Cultural Aspects in English Language Teaching
  • 29.01.2011International Conference on KALAINGAR VALARTAMIL organized by Bharadhidasan University, Trichy. Topic:Reformative Ideologies in Kalaingnar DR.M.Karunanidhi’s “Parasakthi”.
  • 16.12.2010 International Conference on Recent Advances in Linguistics (ICRAL)held atBharathiarUniversity, Coimbatore. Topic:Resuscitating of Irish Gaelic Language in the Poems of Seamus Heaney.
  • 08.08.09 4th International and 40th Annual Conference on Managing Mixed Ability , Classes organized by ELTAI in association with JBAS College for Women, Chennai. Topic: Teaching Poetry in Mixed Ability Classes.
  • 18.07.09 4th International Seminar on Mass Communication2009 (Advertisement & Public Relations) organized by Puduchery Communicators Forum.Topic: History of Indian Advertisements.    
  • 18.07.09 4th International Seminar on Mass Communication2009 (Advertisement & Public Relations) organized by Puduchery Communicators Forum Topic: Television Advertisements.
  • 15.02.2011 National Conference on English for Empowerment NCEE-2011 in   Association with University of Cambridge (ESOL Examination) Conducted by the Department of English, VelTechUniversity, Chennai.  Topic: Acquisition of Communication Skills
  • 31.03.2010 National Seminar Conducted by the Department of English, DR.MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science College, Chennai. Topic: Moralising Impact of Aesop’s Fables
  • 22.03.2010 UGC National Seminar on Gendering Indian Narratives Conducted by the Department of English, KakatiyaUniversity, Warangal, A.P. Topic: A Search for Identity as Revealed in Bharati Mukherjee’s ‘Jasmine’.
  • 24.03.2010 5th National Conference on Enhancement and Excellence in English for Employability and Empowerment Conducted by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, SRM University, in association with University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations). Topic: Social and Cultural Issues in ELT
  • 5.   23.01.2010 National Seminar on Literature as Medium Conducted  by the Department of English, Jairam College of Arts and Science, Salem. Topic: Love in Brian Patten’s Poems. 
  • 6.  23.01.2010 National Seminar on Literature as Medium Conducted  by the Department of English, Jairam College of Arts and Science, Salem. Topic: Regional and Religious Conflicts in the Poems of Seamus Heaney.
  • 05.12.09 National Conference on English Language Teaching for Socio- Professional Relationships Efficient Enterprise Decorum Conducted by the Department of English SPEED ‘09, Kathir College of Engineering, Coimbatore. Coimbatore Topic: Non-Verbal Communication Skills.
  • 01.10.09 National Conference on English Language Teaching (ELT); Challenges  and Opportunities’ (ELTCAO 2009)Conducted by the Department of English,  Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. Topic: ELT through One - Act - Plays.
  • 03.08.09 UGC National Seminar on Protest as Way of Life- An Analytical Study of Literatures in English in the Modern Socio-Cultural Contexts Conducted  by Post Graduate and Research  Department of English, NationalCollege, Trichy.  Topic: The Face of the Apartheid – With Reference to Seamus Heaney’s Poems. 
  • 08.05.09 National Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology ENTECH ’09 Conducted by the Department of English, AnnaUniversity, Tirunelveli. Topic: Role of Multimedia in Developing Oral Skills.
  • 25.03.09 National Seminar on “English and Communication Skills for  Employability” Conducted by the Department of English, AnnaUniversity, Chennai. Topic: English for Employability Specially for Rural Students.
  • 04.02.09 National Seminar on “Cultural Barriers in Communication” Conducted   by the Department of English, SriKanyakaParameswariArtsCollege for Women,        Chennai. Topic:  The Cultural Barriers created by Indian English Language and Literature- with reference to Mulk Raj Anand’s  “Coolie” and “Untouchable”.
  • 27.02.2010 State Level One Day Seminar on Soft Skills conducted by  Sri Angalamman College and Science of Education, Poonjeri, Kanchipuram Dist. Topic: Body Language

T. Mangaiyarkarasi

Research Activities:Paper Presentations

National Conference:  2

State Level Conference: 1

Photos

Department Association Inauguration on 18 – 12 – 2017

Talk on Girish Karnad’s play Nagamandala (18 -12 -2017) by Dr. Sudha Shastri

Contact Details

baenglishgnc.hod@gurunanakcollege.edu.in