M.A. (English Literature) or Master of Arts in English Literature is a postgraduate academic degree which is awarded after successful completion of a two years program or course that includes comprehensive study of both ancient and modern English Literature comprising poetry, prose and fiction.
The course also includes thorough study of Indian Writings in English Literature from its very early times to the contemporary ones.
Why M.A. (English Literature)?
M.A. (English Literature) degree serves as a basis for further higher studies and research in this field such as Ph.D. and M.Phil degree in English Literature.
The course prepares students for teaching and for creative English writing.
M.A. (English Literature) degree holder can build career in English journalism also.
Eligibility to Pursue M.A. (English Literature) Degree Course:
The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing M.A. (English Literature) degree is graduation with English as one of the subjects from any of the recognised university / college of the country.
Some of the very reputed universities and institutes demand a minimum of 50% marks in graduation as qualifying criteria to secure admission in this course and also conduct entrance examination to get admission to their M.A. (English Literature) degree course. Selection to the degree course in these colleges is based on marks secured in the final merit i.e. total marks aggregated in the final exams of graduation and the entrance exam.
Key Subjects / Topics of Study:
The study of M.A. (English Literature) course comprises of the following topics:
African / African American English Studies
British Literature – I (Chaucer to Milton)
British Literature – II (Dryden to Romantic Age)
British Literature – III (Victorian Age to Modern Period)
Common Wealth Literature
Indian Writing in English
Methods of Teaching English
List of Colleges/Institutes Conducting Course in M.A. (English Literature):
Almost all the major universities and colleges in India offer M.A. (English Literature) degree. A few of the reputed universities conducting this course are: