The Department of English was established with the UG Programme in 1964 and PG course in 1998. Ever since its inception it has made substantial contribution to the overall growth and reputation of the college by consistently producing good academic results.
The department caters to the needs of aspiring students by providing coaching for the Certificate Course in Business English (BEC) of Cambridge University. To improve the communicative skills of students, the department also provides an Integrated Course in English Language and Communicative Skills (ICECS).
The department has a wide variety of research interests and thrust areas: British Literature, Indian Writing in English, Novel and Narratology, Comparative Literature, Romantic Poetry, Post-colonial Studies, Linguistics and Stylistics, Feminism, Eco-Aesthetic Study of Literature, Women and Literature, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Dalit Literature, Tribal Studies and English Language Teaching(ELT).
The English department plans to continue with its intensive research interests alongside its regular teaching as well as to maintain, and if possible, expand areas for seminars/conferences.
Prof. Dr. Mathew P Joseph was a resource person of HRM of the state employees. He has also conducted Radio & Television talks on various subjects. He was also a member of the PG Board of Studies(MG University),Question setter (Kerala University), Examiner for M Phil Dissertations(Kerala University), Member of English Language and Communicative Skills Programme (District Education Committee), Trainer for English Language Skills for Teachers at the Higher Secondary and High School levels. He is also a Research Guide of Madurai Kamaraj University.
Prof. Dr. Lata Marina Varghese was awarded Ph.D in 2010 from Mahatma Gandhi University, in Comparative Literature for her doctoral thesis "The Storm and the Calm: Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things — A Thematic and Stylistic Study". She took her second MA in Women Studies from Mother Teresa University, Kodaikkanal and is currently doing her second Ph D in Women's Studies from the same university. She has organised 1 International Seminar and 5 National Seminars for the college.She is the Chief editor of two National Seminar proceedings and of three research journals Mananam (Comparative Literature), Ideogora( English Literature) and Abisheka (Women's Studies).Two books authored by her is under publication by reputed international and national publishing firms. The English Book Club Project started by her aims to improve the reading and creative skills of the students of the Department of English. Her research paper "Teaching Multiliteracies using Graphic Novels in the English Degree Class" and "Magic Casement: Teaching English through Children's Literature" is based on the survey carried out as part of this project. Prof. Dr. Lata Marina has attended more than 70 International/ National/Regional Seminars and has presented more than 43 research papers, of which 33 have been published in refereed journals. She has appeared for talks & Quiz progammes on various TV channels and is a resource person for talks on Personality Development and on Women Empowerment. She is UGC Trainer for Women Empowerment and was Master Trainer for Census (2011-2012).
NET/JRF qualified – 4
Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality in the Book of Job
UGC Sponsored Minor Research Project by:
Prof. Fr. George Mathew
Post Graduate Department of English
Project File no. MRP (H) 1400/10-11/KLMGO16/ UGC- SWRO - Dated 10 February 2011