English - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

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The faculty members of the discipline of English have expertise in British, American, African and Indian literary writings and in linguistics. The members have presented papers and published widely in these areas and guided PhD research scholars. Research degree in language and literature requires knowledge in one’s specialised field as well as expertise in theoretical and methodological aspects. The discipline equips students with this knowledge and skill through various pre-PhD courses which are compulsory and credit-based. Students receive one-to-one supervised evaluation of their work as well as feedback from across faculty members and research scholars through weekly presentations. These aspects train and prepare students for further teaching/academic responsibilities. The discipline looks forward to receiving applications from research scholars who are dynamic and inquisitive and interested in questioning received knowledge and exploring new areas.


Broad Areas of research: Modern and Contemporary British and American Literature; Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature; Gender and Literature; Indian Writings; Ecocriticism; Linguistics


What is literature? Is it composed only of conventional genres such as novel, poetry, theatre, etc.? What new developments in form and genre have currently taken place?

Does literature have a social obligation? Can we study literature 'for its own sake'? What are the uses and limitations of this kind of study?

What new literary theories have arisen globally in the last two-three decades and in what sociopolitical and economic contexts? Can you implement them in your analysis of literary texts?

How do we preserve literature in the age of information technology and digital data? What becomes of the practices of reading and orality in this context?

How our perception of diaspora has changed in the digital era? How has the concept of ‘Home’ and ‘away’ changed with globalization? Is there a sense of continuity or change between the colonial and postcolonial Indian Diaspora? How do existing Diasporas impact the size, skill composition, and geographic concentration of migration flows? The role of Asian immigrants in U.S. racial politics How have the writers of Asian descent changed the literary landscape of the west?

What role do semantics and linguistics play in understanding human and non-human behavior? What new developments have taken place in the field of linguistics and discourse analysis?

How does the concept of Time and Space affect the representation of characters in Contemporary fiction?

How does Folk Literature represent and shape the cultural and tribal identity of Ladakhi people?

What makes Indian society polarize through queer literature and culture in Indian Discourse? H

ow can one explore modern day ‘hybrid’ Naga culture, consciousness and its ontological structure through the writings of Easterine Kire?

What is the current state of postcolonial studies? How has the field restructured itself in the last two decades through dialogue with environmental studies, world-literature, minority studies, indigenous protest movements etc.?

How does literature represent catastrophic events? What is slow violence? Can we read into the sociological/historical make-up of events and violence through studies of form and style of literary narratives? How does literature contribute to our understanding of the environment?

How have the recent developments in literary studies such as Dalit literature, graphic novels, environmental humanities, popular English-language novels, literary prizes and festivals broadened and shaped the field of literature?

Is it necessary for a piece of literature to be translated into English in order for it to be world literature? What is counted as world literature? What role do translation and resistance to translation as well as market forces play in defining world literature?



Ph.D. in English




Pashupati Jha, Emeritus Professor

Modern British, American, Indian English Literature


Nagendra Kumar, Professor and Head

Modern Literature, Contemporary Fiction and Critical Theories, Soft Skills, Cross-cultural Communication, Technical Communication


Rashmi Gaur, Professor

Professional Communication, Culture and Gender theories, Fiction


Binod Mishra, Associate Professor

Indian Writing in English, Folk Literature, Translation Studies,, Literature and Philosophy,  Professional Communication, Linguistics & Language Teaching, Technical Communication, Translation Studies, Regional literatures in English


Smita Jha, Associate Professor

Indian writing in English, Post-colonial Studies, Linguistics, ELT, Soft Skills, British Literature, Feminist Theories, Contemporary Literary Theories, Gender/Cultural Studies


Sourit Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor

Postcolonial and World Literatures in English,  Dalit Writings, Literature and the Environment, Cultural representations of disaster and vulnerability, Animal studies, Indian Writings, Literary Theory, Marxism; World-systems thoery; Postcolonialism; Subaltern and Dalit Aesthetic Theories


Ongoing research projects



Research Scholars


Current PhD students
Name Interest Supervised by Prof.
Vijay Kumar   Sourit Bhattacharya
Chander Shekhar   Smita Jha
Indranil Bannerjee   Smita Jha
Purba Chakraborty   Rashmi Gaur
Somsurva Midya   Binod Mishra
Zakir Hussain   Binod Mishra
Devashish Mishra   Binod Mishra
Shabnam Rathee   Rashmi Gaur
Ashish K. Sonkar   Rashmi Gaur
Prashant Maurya   Nagendra Kumar
Meenakshi   Nagendra Kumar
Nobonita Rakshit   Binod Mishra
Ivy Roy Sarkar   Binod Mishra
Sudipta Ghosh   Rashmi Gaur
Parul Rani   Nagendra Kumar
Elham Fatma   Rashmi Gaur
Mayuresh K. Mishra   Binod Mishra
Yogisha   Nagendra Kumar
Lal Veer Aditya   Pashupati Jha





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