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
M.A., B.Ed., SET, M.Phil (In progress)
Ms. Meera Suryanarayanan
Temporary, Full Time Lecturer
Dr. Dinaz Munshi
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. (Seehttp://www.canlit.ca/reviews-review.php?id=14134)
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
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
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
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)
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
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,
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
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
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
Unit 3: Poems (15 Lectures)
Langston Hughes: “Negro Speaks of Rivers”
“I, Too, Sing America”
Robert Frost: “Mending Wall”