218 pages | 26 B/W Illus.
This book examines the status of English Studies in India, aspirations pinned on the subject by students, teachers, policy-makers and society in general, and how these are addressed at the higher education level. It presents analytical background discussions of the history and policy environment, and offers open-ended, multi-faceted and multi-vocal accounts of particular aspects of contemporary Indian English Studies, including curriculum, pedagogy, research, employment, relation to Indian vernaculars and translation studies. Reconsidering English Studies in Indian Higher Education is an invaluable source for anyone interested in:
The book will be of primary interest to academic readers such as students, teachers and researchers in English Studies in India, Britain and wherever the discipline is pursued at higher education level
Suman Gupta is Professor and Chair in Literature and Cultural History at The Open University.
Richard Allen is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English at The Open University.
Subarno Chattarji is Associate Professor at the Department of English, University of Delhi.
Supriya Chaudhuri is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
"Moving deftly across time (studying its history, analysing its present, and projecting its future), across space (its position in India and the UK), across generations (taking into consideration views from senior academics and young undergraduate students), and across domains of pertinence (from the classroom to the market), and across methods (historical, empirical, comparative), this amazing book charts the terrain of English studies in India in a way that one has not come across till now."
– Saugata Bhaduri, Professor, Centre for English Studies, JNU, New Delhi
“Reconsidering English Studies arrives as a welcome and timely addition to the still limited literature on English Studies (ES) in Indian Higher Education. Working within a remarkably dynamic, heterogeneous and complex landscape, it seeks to map out the historical as well as contemporary trajectories of ES.”
- Usree Bhattacharya, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Part I: Background 1. Historicizing English Studies in India Suman Gupta 2. Higher Education Policy and English Studies in India Supriya Chaudhuri Part II: Professional Concerns 3. The Profession of English Studies 1: Policy, Curriculum, Pedagogy, Scholarship, and the Market Suman Gupta and Richard Allen 4. The Profession of English Studies 2: Employment, Management, and the Multilingual Context Suman Gupta and Richard Allen Part III: Students 5. From Country to Institution: Framing Statistics and a Student Survey Suman Gupta, Milena Katsarska, Donka Keskinova 6. Analysis of the Undergraduate Student Survey in Delhi Subarno Chattarji Part IV: Comparative Perspectives 7. Management Ethos and Academic Work: The View on English Studies from the United Kingdom Richard Allen 8. English Studies in India and the United States Subarno Chattarji and Richard Allen 9. English Studies in India, Global English Studies and Globalization Suman Gupta