The English Department, set up in 1955, offers an MA in English Literature and MPhil and PhD courses in all literatures written in English as well as in broader cultural representations where the tools learnt in literary study may be applied. From its strong foundation in a traditional approach to the subject, the Department is now keenly exploring newer areas, especially those that articulate its location. A strong thrust of the Department is in interdisciplinary studies of the literature and culture of the region, especially of the literature and culture that have emerged in a unique colonial experience and against the backdrop of recent political and social events. This response is the Department's way of realizing and implementing the original mandate of the University which was that it should acknowledge the aspiration of the people and make a difference in the life of the region. The Department's goal is to develop good teachers and scholars who are also responsible citizens and good human beings.

   It provides students who join its various programmes with an environment that is intellectually stimulating and challenging and seeks to teach them not only the discipline in all its dimensions but also valuable life lessons. It fosters diversity, openness and a spirit of courageous inquiry and maintains an easy camaraderie among its faculty and students that is especially useful in the implementation of its programmes. While it maintains an atmosphere that is friendly and helpful the Department prides itself in adherence to schedules, insists on serious and sustained study. Its faculty and non teaching administrative staff have a reputation for working as a team and many of its activities, like seminars, workshops, curricular revisions and the declaration of examination results in record time are successful primarily because of this capacity to work together. Students join this Department from all the states of the region, giving it a cultural and ethnic diversity that has always contributed to its cosmopolitan outlook in all University matters as well as in the pursuit of the discipline.

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The Department of English, Gauhati University publishes, annually, the following two journals.


English Forum

Journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University, Assam

ISSN 2279-0446

This journal was originally published as the Journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University, is peer-reviewed and published annually. It is devoted to a scholarly dialogue on a broad range of issues pertaining to English Literature from Middle English to Postmodern times as well as other literatures in English. Articles should deal with topics significant to our time and cultures like representation, identity, subjectivity, ethnicity, nationhood, gender, and narration. Textual studies should be placed in a broad conceptual and theoretical framework. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary studies and cultural criticism.



A Journal of Literature and Culture

ISSN: 2250-0731

This journal is an international peer-reviewed journal, published annually by the Department of English, Gauhati University. It offers a space for the exploration of the marginal in its theoretical implications.

Department of English
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-70863-34201
Email : english@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/elnglish.php

Associate Professor

Anjali Daimari
African Literature in English, Contemporary South Asian Literatures in English, Translation Studies, Life Writing, Bodo Life and Literature, Literatures of the Northeast of India


Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri Head of the Department
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, Elizabethan & Jacobean PoAmerican Literature, Indian Writing in English, Gender Studies, Media, Communication & Film Studies


Bibhash Choudhury
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Literary Theory, European Literature, Assamese Literature

Assistant Professor

Dolikajyoti Sharma
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati)
Modern Poetry, Fiction, Women's Studies, Green Studies, Contemporary South Asian Fiction, Indian Writing in English

Assistant Professor

Farddina Hussain
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Indian Writing in English, Speculative Fiction, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Ecocriticism, Travel Writing

Associate Professor

Lalan Kishore Singh
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Literary Theory, Postmodern Fiction, African Literature

Associate Professor

Manashi Bora
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) PGDTE (CIEFL, Hyderabad)
Women's Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Translation Studies


Nandana Dutta
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati)
American Studies, Postcolonial Literary Theory, Narratology, Women's Studies


Pradipta Borgohain
MA (Delhi) PhD (Illinois) MPhil (Delhi)
Victorian Literature, Modern Fiction, Life Writing

Associate Professor

Sanjeev Kumar Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Modern Poetry, African Literature in English, Translation Studies