Department of English , Ramnarain  Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019.

The Department of English was founded along with the establishment of the college 1937. In the past, distinguish academic lile Jnyanpeeth awardee Prof. V.D.Karandikar, Prof. V.M. Paranjape, Dr. K.Pakrasi, Prof. K.Shri kumar, Indian English poet Prof. I.M. Jayakar and eminent Marathi writer and translator Prof. Sadanand Rege have enriched the Departement and created  a strong tradition of excellence.

Dr. Anjali Bhelande

Associate Prof. and Head

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., DHE.


Mr. Arjun Kharat

Assistant Professor

M.A., B.Ed., SET, M.Phil (In progress)


Ms. Meera Suryanarayanan

Temporary, Full Time Lecturer



Dr. Dinaz Munshi

Visiting Lecturer

M.A., Ph.D.


The Department is currently headed by Dr. Anjali Bhelande. Dr. Bhelande is a distinguished scholar in the field of English language and literature. She is the author of three books, Lord of the Flies: A stylistic analysis (Mumbai: Writers’ Workshop,in association with, S.N.D.T. University, 1996), Self Beyond Self: Ethel Wilson and Indian Philosophical Thought(Mumbai:Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, 1996), and Articulating Gender(Ed.), with Mala Pandurang. New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2000). Her critical writing has been published in national and international journals. She won the Graduate Student Award and the Faculty Research Fellowship, Instituted by the Govt. of Canada for doctoral and post doctoral research respectively. Her work in the field of Canadian Literature has received deep appreciation from eminent critics in India and abroad. (See

Her areas of research –interest are holistic education, spiritual philosophy, feminism and stylistic. Dr. Bhelande is currently involved in the editing and publication of the profound works of Indian mystic Dada Gavand. She has been the editor of the Ruiaite and of Film Eys. She was also the chairperson of the Ruia Film Society for several years.

Mr. Arjun Kharat has an MA from the University of Mumbai. His areas of research interest are Dalit Literature, Renaissance English Literature and American Literature.

Ms. Meera Suryanarayanan


Dr. Dinaz Munshi has done her doctoral research on nineteenth century British women novelists. She is an experienced teacher of Eglish and French and a scholar in the field of postcolonial literatures.



FYBA: Semester One: Communication Skills in English – Paper I 

Unit 1: Basic Language Skills: Grammar and Usage 9 lectures

The ability to fill in  the  blanks, correct errors, choose correct forms out of  alternative

choices, join clauses, rewrite sentences as directed,  and replace indicated sections with

single words / opposites / synonyms are to be taught.

To be assessed through paragraphs or sentences

Unit2: Comprehension of an unseen passage 9 lectures

This should imply not only (a) an understanding of the passage in question but also (b) a

grasp of general language skills and issues with reference to words and usage within the

passage and (c) the power of short independent composition based on themes and issues

raised in the passage.

Passages are to be taken from Literary / Scientific / Technical writing as well as from

the fields of Journalism / Management / Commerce.

One passage is to be given. The length of the passage should be  about  250 to 300


Questions framed should include those which require recognition as well as analysis,

interpretation and evaluation.2


To be assessed by both objective/multiple-choice and short-answer type tests.     

Unit 3: Phonology and Stress Marking 9 lectures

This will involve training in sounds and correct pronunciation.


Unit 4: Social and Official Correspondence   9 lectures

               Official Correspondence includes:

a. Enquiries, complaints and replies; representations

b. Letters of application for jobs

c. Letters to the editor and Social appeals in the form of letters/pamphlets.

Students should be acquainted with Different Parts of official correspondence and Seven Cs

of communication

Unit 5: Interpretation of Short Unseen Literary Prose Pieces (fiction and non-fiction)


Semester Two: Communication Skills in English – Paper II

Unit 1: i) Types of Logical Structures:  9 lectures

based on Analysis, Argumentation, Classification.

„Comparison and Contrast‟ and „Cause and Effect‟ relationship

Exemplification, Definition,

Statement- elaboration: Expanding points into paragraphs.

Listing, Chronological patterning, Process

Repetition, General- Specific, Specific-general


ii) Principles of Editing 9 lectures

Punctuation, Substitution of words, Restructuring of sentences, Re-organising sentence

sequence in a paragraph, Use of link words and Principles of Coherence and Cohesion.

Unit 2: Summary Writing                                                                          9 lectures

This is to create an awareness in students regarding the organization of material—the points

and sub-points, the logical connection between these points. This will include making

students aware of the notions of the “main idea”,/ ”thesis statement” and the “ supporting

ideas” ,with a view  to training them to shorten the material, to capture the essence  and

present it in a precise manner.

Unit 3: Interpretation of Technical Data 9 lectures

Students should be taught to read and interpret maps, charts, graphs. They should be able to

write a paragraph based on the data given there.

Unit 4: Report Writing 9 lectures3

Committee reports, news paper reports and activity reports.

Two topics should be given in the examination  and students should attempt one out of two.  


Unit 5: Interpretation of Short Unseen Poems 9 lectures

With poetry, it may sometimes be advisable to include pieces from earlier periods, which

are often simpler than modern examples. Students should be able to grasp the content of

each piece; explain specific words, phrases and allusions; and comment on general points

of narrative or argument. Students will write an appreciation / evaluation expressing their

point of view based on the issues /themes raised in / arising out of the given piece of

writing. A series of questions could be set to elicit the appreciation from the students.


FYBA: Semester One: Introduction to Literature – Paper I (Short Stories and Novel)

Unit 1: Terms: Short Story, Novel, Plot, Character, Setting, Narrative, Point of View,

Bildungsroman, Picaresque, Epistolary, Stream of Consciousness, Novel of Social Reality,

Psychological Novel and Historical Novel. (15 Lectures)

Unit 2: Novel: Jack London’s Call of the Wild or R. K. Narayan’s Man-Eater of Malgudi

(15 Lectures)

Unit 3: Short Stories (15 Lectures)

Dorothy Parker – “A Telephone Call” 

Oscar Wilde – “Happy Prince”

Washington Irving – “Rip Van Winkle”

Somerset Maugham – “Luncheon”

O’Henry – “The Gift of the Magi”2

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children”


Semester Two: Introduction to Literature – Paper II (Poetry and Drama)


Lectures: 45

Unit 1: Terms: Lyric, Dramatic Monologue, Sonnet, Ballad, Epic, Satire, Ode, Tragedy,

Comedy, Farce, Melodrama, Chorus, Hamartia, Verse Drama 15 lectures

Unit 2: Play:  Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Ernest or Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex

15 lectures

Unit 3:  Poems 15 lectures

Nissim Ezekiel – “Soap”

Sonnet: John Milton – “On His Blindness”

Dramatic Monologue: Robert Browning – “My Last Duchess”

Lyric: William Blake – “Piping Down the Valleys Wild”

Ballad: Walter Scott – “Lochinvar”

Ode: John Keats – “Ode to Nightingale


SYBA: Semester One: Introduction to Journalism: Paper 1 (Fundamentals of

Journalism and Reporting )

Unit 1: Introduction - What is news, Evolution of Indian Press, News Agencies, Electronic

Journalism, Ethics in Journalism (15 Lectures)

Unit 2: Organisation and structure of newspaper- Circulation, Advertising, Editorial and

Mechanical Departments (15 Lectures)

Unit 3: Basics of Reporting -  News Value, News Gathering, Readers’ interest, qualities and

aptitude necessary for a reporter, Types of report, Depth reporting (15 Lectures)

Unit 4: Writing of Reports - Basic principles: objectivity, accuracy, speed, clarity and, Parts of

a news report, 5Ws, Headline writing, Types of Leads, and Report writing   (15 Lectures)


Semester Two: Introduction to Journalism: Paper 2 (Editing, Feature Writing

and Page Making)

Unit 1: Basics of Editing: Principles of editing, editorial policy, role of the Editor, role of the

News Editor, role of Chief Sub-editor, role of Sub-editors    (15 lectures)

Unit 2: Editing Process: Language and style, editing for space, editing for correctness, editing

for clarity, compiling, editing on computer (15 lectures)

Unit 3:  Feature Writing: Types of features: Obits, Reviews, Columns, Trend stories, How to

write features (15 lectures)

Unit 4: Design and Make up: Make up and its functions, Types of Layout: Horizontal , Vertical

Make up, Circus Make up, Modular layout, Broadsheet layout, tabloid layout, page-making on

the computer, Fonts and Typography (15 lectures)


SYBA: Mass Communication



1. A ) Communication Theory ( 15 lectures)

a. Elements  and  process  of communication

b. Types  - interpersonal, group and mass  communication

c. Modes -  verbal and non-verbal

d. Means – traditional , modern and digital

e. Functions/ objectives – information transmission, education , advertising,

entertainment, etc.

f. Barriers – physical, linguistic, psychological  and cultural

B ) Nature of Indian audience - demography, psychology and sociology  of 

      the Indian Mass

2. Functions of Mass Media  in Modern  India  ( 15 lectures )

a. Entertainment – Cinema , television  and radio

b. Publicity / propaganda /advertising -  print media , radio and television

c. Education  / Instruction/ Awareness building – print media, radio , television

( mass campaigns for specific issues- social concerns, environment, human rights,

gender , equality, etc.) 4

d. Socio-political  criticism  / opinion building  – print media  , radio , cinema and


3. Print Media  ( 15 lectures )

a. Invention / Origin  and  technological advancement  of  print media

b. Newspaper  in  India   – the beginning  , development  and  landmarks

c. Major  newspapers  in English , Hindi  and  Marathi  at present

d. Major formats of  newspaper and  their target audience

e. The making of  a daily – personnel  and stages involved 

f. Magazines – their  types and readership

4. Radio ( 15 lectures)

a. Invention / Origin  and  technological advancement of radio

b. Broadcasting  in  India   – the beginning  ,  development  and  landmarks

c. Major formats and  their target audience – news, radio plays, talks, music ,

commercials , etc.

d. Making of  a radio programme- personnel  and stages involved




1. Television ( 15 lectures )

a. Invention / Origin  and  technological advancement

b. Telecasting   in  India   – the beginning  , development and  landmarks

c. Major formats  and  their target audience- news, debates, interviews, daily soaps,

reality shows , etc.

d. Making of  a television programme  - personnel  and stages involved 

2. Cinema ( 15 lectures )

a. Invention / Origin  and  technological advancement

b. Cinema  in  India   – the beginning  , development and  landmarks

c. Types – Documentaries , feature films ,  art films , etc.

d. making of  a film - personnel  and stages involved  5

3. Internet and Social Networking Sites   (  15 lectures )

a. Invention /Origin  and  technological advancement  of internet

b. Internet as a mass media – its  role and importance as a global media

c. Social networking sites - their beginning and growth as a Mass media

d. Social networking sites – their nature  , advantages and disadvantages

4. Media  related  concerns & issues  ( 15 lectures )

a. Journalistic values- truth, objectivity, credibility, right to publish and right to


b. Ownership, control , governance and  management of different media

c. Censorship  and  freedom  of expression

d. Comparative merits and limitations of different Mass Media in India

e. Effects of various media on specific audiences - Women , children, youth , etc.

f. Contribution of Mass Media to national development


SYBA: Semester I:  Indian Literature in English Paper-III  

(Short Stories & Novel)

Unit 1:  Concepts:  Lectures: 15

i) The rise of English studies in India

ii) Pre-independence fiction

iii) The Partition as portrayed in the novel and short story

iv) Women fiction writers

v) Dalit fiction

vi) Diasporic fiction

vii) The postmodernist Indian English novel

viii) Postcolonial fiction

Unit 2:  Short Stories:    Lectures:  15

R. K. Narayan The Martyr's Corner (from  Malgudi Days, India

Thought Publication, Madras, 1982, repr. 1998, ISBN


S.H.Manto The Assignment (Mottled Dawn, 1997, Penguin Books

India, ISBN 0-14-027212-7)4

Salman Rushdie Good Advice Is Rarer than Rubies (from  East West,

Vintage   Canada, 1994, ISBN 0 394-28150-0)

Waman Hoval The Storeyed House (from The Poisoned Bread, ed.

 Arjun Dangle, Orient Blackswan, 1994, ISBN 0 86311254 4)

Unit 3:  Novel:    Lectures: 15

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay Song of the Road (original Pather Panchali,

Indiana University Press, 1975, ISBN-10:

0253201861, ISBN-13: 978-0253201867)


Amitav Ghosh The Glass Palace (Harper Collins, 2002, ISBN



Bhalchandra Nemade Cocoon (original Kosala, Macmillan Publication

1997, SBN 0333 92323 5)


Semester II:  Indian Literatures in English -- Paper IV

(Poetry & Drama)

Unit 1:  Concepts:    Lectures: 15

i) Early Indian English poetry

ii) Poetry after the 1950s

iii) Women poets

iv) Dalit poets

v) Indian English non-fictional prose

vi) Modern Indian drama in English and translation

vii) Nativism

Unit 2:  Poetry:      Lectures:  15

Henry Derozio "To India – My Native land"

Rabindranath Tagore "Authorship"

Nissim Ezekiel "Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher"

Kamala Das "An Introduction"

Agha Shahid Ali "Postcard from Kashmir"

Menka Shivdasani "The Atheist’s Confession"

Kabir  "It is needless to ask of a saint the caste to which he belongs" (santan jāt no pucho nirguniyan…) (From One  Hundred Poems of Kabir translated by Rabindranath  Tagore)

Dilip Chitre From Says Tuka:

“I am cripple”

“When he comes”6

Unit 3:  Drama:     Lectures: 15

Vijay Tendulkar     : Kamala

(From Five plays by Vijay Tendulkar, OUP)


Partap Sharma      : Sammy

(Rupa & Company, New Delhi in association

with Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Mumbai, 2005)


Mohan Rakesh      : One Day in Ashadha  (original  Aashad ka Ek

Din, National School of Drama)


SYBA: Semester One: American Literature– Paper V (Short Story and Novel)

Unit 1: Terms: Naturalism, Realism, Lost Generation, African American Fiction and Jewish

American Fiction

(15 Lectures)

Unit 2: Novel: Gloria Naylor: Women of Brewster Place (only “Mattie Micheal,” “Etta Mae

Johnson,” and “Kiswana Browne” to be taught)


John Steinbeck: Pearl (15 Lectures)

Unit 3: Short Stories (15 Lectures)

Ernest Hemingway – “Hills Like White Elephants”4

William Carlos Williams – “The Use of Force”

Bernard Malamud – “The Jew Bird” 

Jamaica Kincaid – “Girl”


Semester Two: American Literature – Paper VI (Poetry and Drama)

Unit 1: Terms: Imagism in American Poetry, Beat Poetry, Confessional Poetry, Expressionism

in American Drama and Harlem Renaissance   (15 Lectures)

Unit 2: Play: Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot tin Roof or Eugene O’Neill: Emperor Jones

(15 Lectures)

Unit 3:  Poems (15 Lectures)

Langston Hughes: “Negro Speaks of Rivers”

      “Weary Blues”

     “I, Too, Sing America”

Robert Frost:  “Mending Wall”

  “Design” “Birches”