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THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH has been a part of Birpara College since foundation in 1986. The department offers B.A. Honours in English as well as different language and literature courses to B.A. Programme, B.Com. Honours and Programme, and B.Sc. Programme students.

 

Courses offered

1. English Honours

2. English as Generic Elective (GE) course for other honours subjects

3. English as Discipline Specific Core (DSC) & Generic Elective (GE) courses under B.A. Programme

4. English as Language Core Course (LCC) under B.A., B.Com. & B.Sc. Programme

5. English as Ability Enhancement Core Course  (AECC) under B.A. & B.Com. (Honours & Programme) & B.Sc. Programme

 

Departmental resources

The department gives students access to a number of academic resources:

1. Fledgling Departmental Library to supplement the stock of textbooks and reference books housed in the Central Library.

2. E-Bank of digital books

3. E-learning resources on the departmental webpage – Click here

4. Departmental YouTube channel – Click here

 

Student Progression

The first batch of eight English Honours students graduated from the department in 2020. Seven of them are currently pursuing Master’s degree at the University of North Bengal (NBU) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The batch that graduated in 2021 comprised 25 students.

  • Dr. Nikhilesh Bhattacharya

    Assistant Professor

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  • Mr. Swapan Sutradhar

    State Aided College Teacher (Category - II)

  • Mrs. Mukta Bardhan

    State Aided College Teacher (Category - II)

  • Mrs. Minakshi Adhikary

    State Aided College Teacher (Category - II)

  • Mrs. Paramita Ghosh

    State Aided College Teacher (Category - I)

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CBCS English Syllabus Honours & Programme (Full Version)

 

SEMESTER-1

English Honours

CC-1: English Language: Overview & Usage; Literary Types

Question Papers2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 

1. Presentation on the History of the English language by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

CC-2: European Classical Literature

Question Papers2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 

1. Performance of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Part 1 – Click here

 

2. Performance of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Part 2 – Click here

 

3. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on The Oresteia (Agamemnon is the first play in the Oresteia trilogy) – Click here

 

4. Audio book, The Oresteia (translation by E.D.A. Morshead) – Click here

 

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica article on Chorus – Click here

 

6. Presentation on introduction to Greek Tragedy by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

*NEW 7. Performance of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (William Shatner, 1957) — Click here

Other Honours

GE English Paper-1: Selections from Indian Literature

Question Papers2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 

B.A. Programme

DSC English Paper-1: Individual and Society

Question Papers2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 

B.A./B.Com./B.Sc. Programme

LCC-1 Alternative English Paper 1: Text Comprehension, Editing and Writing Skill

Question Papers2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 

 

SEMESTER-2

*New Syllabus & Question Pattern for 2022-23 – Click here

 

English Honours

CC-3: Indian Classical Literature & Indian Writing in English

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

1. Audio Lecture on Nissim Ezekiel’s “Night of the Scorpion” by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

CC-4: British Literature: Old English Period to 14th Century

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

 

1. Presentation on Alliterative Verse by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

2. Literature Shorts: Backbencher’s Guide to English Literature Season 3 Episode 1: “The Monster as the Outsider in Beowulf” by Sudeshna Datta Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, KIIT – Click here

 

*NEW 3. Harvard University material on Chaucer’s works, including Canterbury Tales Click here

 

 

Other Honours

GE English Paper-2: Selections from European Literature

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

 

B.A. Programme

DSC English Paper-2: Modern Indian Literature

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

 

LCC-2 Alternative English Paper-1: Technical Writing Skill

Question Papers20192020, 2021, 2022

 

B.A./B.Com. Honours & Programme & B.Sc. Programme

AECC-2 English Communication

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

 

SEMESTER-3

English Honours

CC-5: American Literature

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021

 

1. Annotated text of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” – Click here

 

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica article on “The Purloined Letter” – Click here

 

3. Literature Shorts: Backbencher’s Guide to English Literature Season 2 Episode 1: “Crime Fiction: An Introduction,” Part-1 by Somnath Basu, Assistant Professor, Ramananda College, Bankura – Click here

 

4. Text of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Crack-Up” – Click here

 

5. Text of Anne Bradstreet, “Prologue” – Click here

 

6. Text of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!” – Click here

 

7. Text of Walt Whitman’s “I Sit and Look Out” – Click here

 

8. Critical essay on Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!” – Click here

 

9. Critical essay on Walt Whitman’s “I Sit and Look Out” – Click here

 

CC-6: British Poetry & Drama: 14th to 17th Centuries

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021

 

1. Annotated text and modern translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 – Click here

 

2. Annotated text and modern translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65 – Click here

 

3. Annotated text and modern translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 137 – Click here

 

4. Presentation on introduction to Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

5. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on Shakespeare’s Sonnets –  Click here

 

6. Critical essay titled “A Modern Perspective: Shakespeare’s Sonnets” by Lynne Magnusson – Click here

 

7. Videotaped version of Trevor Nunn’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Click here

 

8. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on Shakespeare’s Macbeth – Click here

 

9. HD Restored Edition of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth NightClick here

 

10. Performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival (2019) – Click here

 

11. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on the Metaphysical Poets – Click here

 

CC-7: British Poetry & Drama: 17th and 18th Centuries

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021

 

1. Annotated text of Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book 1 – Click here

 

2. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on Milton – Click here

 

B.A. Honours & B.A. Programme

SEC English Paper-1: Text Comprehension & Editing or Creative Writing

Question Papers 2019, 2020, 2021

 

B.A. Programme

DSC English Paper-3: British Literature

Question Papers – 2019, 2020, 2021

 

B.A./B.Com./B.Sc. Programme

LCC-1 Alternative English Paper-2: Literary Perceptions

Question Papers2019, 2020, 2021

 

SEMESTER-4

*New Syllabus & Question Pattern for 2022-23 – Click here

 

English Honours

CC-8: British Literature: 18th Century

Question Papers2020, 2021, 2022

 

1. Presentation on Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

2. Study Guide to William Congreve’s Way of the WorldClick here

 

CC-9: British Romantic Literature

Question Papers2020, 2021, 2022

 

1. Presentation on Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

2. British Library article introducing “Kubla Khan” – Click here

 

3. British Library article on “Kubla Khan and Coleridge’s Exotic Language” – Click here

 

4. Annotated text of “Kubla Khan” – Click here

 

5. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on May Shelley’s FrankensteinClick here

 

CC-10: British Literature: 19th Century

Question Papers2020, 2021, 2022

 

1. Presentation on the Dramatic Monologue by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

 

2. Annotated text of Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” – Click here

 

3. Text (with detailed annotation) of Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” – Click here

 

B.A. Honours & B.A. Programme

SEC English Paper-2: Business Communication or Technical Writing

Question Papers 2020, 2021, 2022

 

B.A. Programme

DSC English Paper-4: Literary Cross Currents

Question Papers – 2020, 2021, 2022

 

LCC-2 Alternative English Paper-2: Professional Writing Skills

Question Papers2020, 2021, 2022

 

SEMESTER-5

B.A. Honours

CC-11: Women’s Writing

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

CC-12: British Literature: The Early 20th Century

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

1. History Documentary on the life and works of G. Bernard Shaw – Click here

 

2. Movie, Arms and the Man – Click here

 

3. Literature Shorts: Backbencher’s Guide to English Literature Season 1 Episode 1: “Women and a New Urban Gaze in Virginia Woolf’s Essays and Fiction” by Sujaan Mukherjee, PhD Researcher, Jadavpur University – Click here

 

4. Literature Shorts: Backbencher’s Guide to English Literature Season 1 Episode 2: “Space, Time and Character in Virginia Woolf’s Essays and Fiction” by Sujaan Mukherjee, PhD Researcher, Jadavpur University – Click here

 

5. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs DallowayClick here

 

6. “BBC Radio 4 In Our Time” discussion on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of DarknessClick here

 

7. Encyclopaedia Britannica article on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of DarknessClick here

 

8. British Library article on “Marina” by T S Eliot illustrated by E McKnight Kauffer – Click here

 

DSE-1 English: Literary Theory & Criticism or Essays in Literary Theory & Criticism

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

DSE-2 English: Popular Literature or Literature of the Indian Diaspora

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

Popular Literature

 

1. Encyclopaedia.com article on Paulo Coelho’s The AlchemistClick here

 

2. In-depth interview with Paulo Coelho – Click here

 

3. Review of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist published in the magazine, Kirkus ReviewsClick here

 

4. Review of Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Click here

 

5. Review of Indra Bahadur Rai’s There’s a Carnival Today translated by Manjushree Thapa – Click here

 

6. Review article on Indra Bahadur Rai’s There’s a Carnival Today translated by Manjushree Thapa – Click here

 

7. Interview of Manjushree Thapa and excerpts from There’s a Carnival Today, her translation of Indra Bahadur Rai’s novel – Click here

 

8. Interview of Manjushree Thapa on Indra Bahadur Rai’s There’s a Carnival Today  – Click here

 

B.A. Programme

DSE-1 English: Popular Literature or Literature of the Indian Diaspora

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

SEC English Paper-1: Text Comprehension & Editing or Creative Writing

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

GE English Paper-1: Selections from Indian Literature

Question Papers2020, 2021

 

 

SEMESTER-6

*New Syllabus & Question Pattern for 2022-23 – Click here

 

B.A. Honours

CC-13: Modern European Drama

Question Papers2021, 2022

 

1. Performance of Ionesco’s RhinocerosClick here

 

2. Performance of Brecht’s Good Person of Szechwan (alternative title of The Good Woman of Setzuan) – Click here

 

3. Silent movie based on Ibsen’s Ghosts produced by D.W. Griffith and directed by George Nichols – Click here

 

C-14: Postcolonial Literatures

Question Papers 2021, 2022

 

1. Text of Pablo Neruda’s “Tonight I can write (the saddest lines)” – Click here

 

2. Audio of Pablo Neruda’s “Tonight I can write (the saddest lines)” – Click here

 

3. Text of Pablo Neruda’s “What Spain was like” (alternative title of “The way Spain was”) – Click here

 

4. Text of Mamag Dai’s “Small Towns and the River” – Click here

 

5. Presentation on Pablo Neruda’s poems by Nikhilesh Bhattacharya – Click here

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica article on the Spanish Civil War, which forms the backdrop of Neruda’s poem, “The way Spain was” – Click here

 

7. Video Lecture on Mamag Dai’s poetry by Parjanya Sen, Assistant Professor, Sonada Degree College – Click here

 

DSE-3 English: Indian Literature in English Translation: Poems and Stories or Indian Literature in English Translation: Plays

Question Papers2021, 2022

 

DSE-4 English: Partition Literature or Science fiction and Detective Literature

Question Papers2021, 2022

 

B.A. Programme

DSE-2 English: Partition Literature or Science fiction and Detective Literature

Question Papers2021, 2022

 

SEC English Paper-2: Business Communication or Technical Writing

Question Papers2021, 2022

 

GE English Paper-2: Selections from European Literature

Question Papers2021, 2022

Current Routine

*NEW Routines for SEMs 2, 4 & 6 (Honours & Programme): 2022-2023

2022-2023-English-Routine-combined

Old Routines

Routines for SEMs 1, 4 & 6 (Honours & Programme): 2022-2023

2022-2023-English-Routine-1-4-6-combined

 

Routines for SEMs 1, 3 & 5 (Honours & Programme): 2022-2023

2022-2023-Odd Sems-English-Routine-combined

 

Routines for SEMs 2, 4 & 6 (Honours & Programme): 2021-2022

2021-2022-Even Sems-English-Routine-combined

Routines for SEMs 1, 3 & 5 (Honours & Programme): 2021-2022

2021-2022-Odd Sems-English-Routine-combined

 

For semester-wise & programme-wise routines, see below:

SEM-1 Honours Course

2021-2022-Routine-SEM-1-Eng-Hons

 

SEM-1 Programme Course

2021-2022-Routine-SEM-1-Eng-Prog

 

SEM-3 Honours Course

2021-2022-Routine-SEM-3-Eng-Hons

 

SEM-3 Programme Course

2021-2022-Routine-SEM-3-Eng-Prog

 

SEM-5 Honours Course

2021-2022-Routine-SEM-5-Eng-Hons

 

SEM-5 Programme Course

2021-2022-Routine-SEM-5-Eng-Prog

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