The English Department, set up in 1955, offers an MA in English Literature and MPhil and PhD courses in all literatures written in English as well as in broader cultural representations where the tools learnt in literary study may be applied. From its strong foundation in a traditional approach to the subject, the Department is now keenly exploring newer areas, especially those that articulate its location. A strong thrust of the Department is in interdisciplinary studies of the literature and culture of the region, especially of the literature and culture that have emerged in a unique colonial experience and against the backdrop of recent political and social events. This response is the Department's way of realizing and implementing the original mandate of the University which was that it should acknowledge the aspiration of the people and make a difference in the life of the region. The Department's goal is to develop good teachers and scholars who are also responsible citizens and good human beings.

It provides students who join its various programmes with an environment that is intellectually stimulating and challenging and seeks to teach them not only the discipline in all its dimensions but also valuable life lessons. It fosters diversity, openness and a spirit of courageous inquiry and maintains an easy camaraderie among its faculty and students that is especially useful in the implementation of its programmes. While it maintains an atmosphere that is friendly and helpful the Department prides itself in adherence to schedules, insists on serious and sustained study. Its faculty and non teaching administrative staff have a reputation for working as a team and many of its activities, like seminars, workshops, curricular revisions and the declaration of examination results in record time are successful primarily because of this capacity to work together. Students join this Department from all the states of the region, giving it a cultural and ethnic diversity that has always contributed to its cosmopolitan outlook in all University matters as well as in the pursuit of the discipline.

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The Department offers MA in English which is a two-year course completed in 4 semesters. It also offers M.Phil and PhD programmes each of which involves a 6-month course besides the research project taken up by the scholar.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA in English English 4 2 66
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MPhil in English English 1 10
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in English English


Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri [ Head of the Department ]
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Elizabethan and Jacobean Poetry, American Literature, Indian Writing in English, Gender Studies, Media, Communication and Film Studies
Bibhash Choudhury
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Literary Theory, European Literature, Assamese Literature
Nandana Dutta
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) American Studies, Postcolonial Literary Theory, Narratology, Women's Studies
Pradipta Borgohain
MA (Delhi) PhD (Illinois) MPhil (Delhi) Victorian Literature, Modern Fiction, Life Writing

Associate Professors

Anjali Daimari
MA (JNU) PhD (NEHU) MPhil (JNU) African Literature in English, Contemporary South Asian Literatures in English, Translation Studies, Life Writing, Bodo Life and Literature, Literatures of the Northeast of India
Lalan Kishore Singh
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Literary Theory, Postmodern Fiction, African Literature
Manashi Bora
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) PGDTE (CIEFL, Hyderabad) Women's Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Translation Studies
Sanjeev Kumar Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Modern Poetry, African Literature in English, Translation Studies

Assistant Professors

Dolikajyoti Sharma
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Modern Poetry, Fiction, Women's Studies, Green Studies, Contemporary South Asian Fiction, Indian Writing in English
Farddina Hussain
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Indian Writing in English, Speculative Fiction, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Ecocriticism, Travel Writing
Abdul Mubid Islam (Nigerian Theatre)
Anindita Das Khargarhia (Cultural History and Narrative)
Arunav Ghosh (Culture Studies)
Arunima Borah (Nigerian Fiction)
Bedika Bhattacharjee (Ecocriticism/Modern Poetry)
Bendangzenla Longkumer (Naga Literature)
Binita Sharma (Ecocriticism)
Chayanika Roy (Contemporary British Fiction)
Diganta Borgohain (Victorian Fiction)
Esther Daimari (Contemporary Sri Lankan Fiction)
Gitanjali Gogoi (Nigerian Fiction)
K Maheshwari (Manipuri Theatre)
Lakhinath Kagyung (Nigerian Fiction)
Lakhipriya Gogoi (Life Writing)
Manab Medhi (Cultural History and Representation)
Manabendra Sarma (Shakespeare)
Monalisha Roychoudhury (Ethnic Conflict in BTAD area)
Mridula Kashyap (Contemporary Egyptian Fiction)
Naresh Thakur (Nigerian Drama)
Papori Kalita (South Asian Diasporic Women's Writing)
Parag Kumar Deka (South African Fiction)
Pratusha Bhowmick (Contemporary South Asian Fiction)
Pubali Bora Kashyap (Contemporary American Fiction)
Renusmita U Talukdar (Metafiction)
RimiNath (Home and Identity)
Riswita Sarmah (Contemporary Fiction)
Stuti Goswami (Translation)
Sukanya Kashyap (Contemporary South Asian Fiction)
Sunil Talukdar (Ecocriticism)
Swastishree Saikia (Poetry of the Northeast of India)


Department of English
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-7086334201
Email : english@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/english.php


Computers with Internet

The Department has a number of networked computers in an air-conditioned room where students and scholars can work, use the internet, and browse through archives of research journals provided by the INFLIBNET.


The Departmental Library, housing over 7000 books, caters to the needs of students, scholars and teachers.

The Department provides the facilities of photocopying and printing to students, scholars and faculty.The department has a seminar room with Smart TV along with audio-visual equipment.



The Department organizes regular national and international seminars.

Endowment Lecture

The Anita BaruahSarmah Memorial Lecture was set up in 2006 and is held annually. It is sponsored by the Anita BaruahSarmah College of Education and organized by the Department of English, Gauhati University

Visits by Scholars

The Department arranges visits of distinguished scholars and their lectures and interactions with students and faculty.

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The Department of English, Gauhati University publishes, annually, the following two journals.

English Forum
Journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University, Assam
ISSN 2279-0446

This journal was originally published as the Journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University, is peer-reviewed and published annually. It is devoted to a scholarly dialogue on a broad range of issues pertaining to English Literature from Middle English to Postmodern times as well as other literatures in English.

Articles should deal with topics significant to our time and cultures like representation, identity, subjectivity, ethnicity, nationhood, gender, and narration. Textual studies should be placed in a broad conceptual and theoretical framework. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary studies and cultural criticism.

A Journal of Literature and Culture
ISSN: 2250-0731

This journal is an international peer-reviewed journal, published annually by the Department of English, Gauhati University. It offers a space for the exploration of the marginal in its theoretical implications.
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