The Department of English, Dyal Singh College, has a commendable legacy of academic excellence, innovative thought, and creative pursuit. It has been an intrinsic part of the college since its inception. At present, the Department comprises over twenty teachers with diverse specializations and areas of interest and students from different parts of the country.
The Department offers honours courses at the graduate and post-graduate level and also caters to all students from various disciplines with English as a compulsory paper. The Department has several meritorious alumni; some of whom have made it to the University merit list. In the last few years, our graduates have gone on to pursue their doctoral research in India and at prominent institutes abroad such as the London School of Economics and Political Science and St Andrews, while two others are currently enrolled in Purdue University and the University of Columbia. This range of achievement is not limited to academic excellence alone and extends to various professional fields of advertising, journalism, marketing, administrative services, and creative writing.
Besides lectures and discussions, the Department also organizes annual seminars; covering a broad range of topics. Some of the most recent include; ‘ Early European Nationalisms and their Postcolonial Manifestations: Literary Explorations’. ‘Partition Literature’,‘ Performing the Nation: Theatres of the Literary, Cinematic and Body Texts’, ‘Comparative Study of African-American and Dalit and Minority Literature’ and an annual lecture series on ‘The Politics of Travel Writing’ and ‘The Influence of Classical Culture on the Renaissance’.
The Department has an active and vibrant Literary Society which is student oriented to enrich their co-curricular experience. Apart from organising various literary events throughout the academic year, the Department also hosts the annual Department festival, ‘Madrigal’, which is consistently growing in terms of student participation over the years.
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