The Department of English was one of the earliest to be established by St Agnes College when the institution made its foray into postgraduate education in 2008. The Department, then as now, carefully and thoughtfully planned its course content in order to offer students wishing to earn an MA Degree in English the best possible curricular experience and to offer upright, sensitive and intelligent citizens to society. Every subsequent curriculum revision has likewise been premised on the assumption that society requires students who will serve as its mind, heart and future. Further, one of the major objectives of every curriculum designed by the Department has been the employability of the students upon their successful completion of the programme.
Towards this end, courses like Cultural Studies, Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Thought and Literature lend the programme contemporary relevance. Courses like those in British Literature, Indian Writing in English, Indian Literatures in Translation, Children's Literature, World Literatures and American Literature trace the roots of the discipline and help prepare students for the NET and SLET. Students are also prepared for futures in research through all courses but most particularly through the Term Paper and Research Methodology, which constitutes their project work. They are also fit out for employment in education or the corporate world with courses such as Teaching of English as a Second language and English for Specific Purposes.
In keeping with the newly introduced guidelines offered by the UGC, the Department offers a wide and useful array of Open Elective courses to students pursuing other programmes at the St Agnes Centre for PG Studies and Research. Among the strengths of the Department are its dedicated and well-qualified staff who have distinguished themselves academically as also through creative writing. New features introduced by them include a Theory Club for extra theoretical underpinning for the students, remedial grammar sessions for those who disadvantaged and a tie up with a peer college of repute for curriculum design and faculty and student exchange programmes. The staff and students employ technology for the teaching-learning process and the former use innovative methods to enrich the classroom experience.
Students are mentored in the writing of scholarly papers for presentation at National and Inter-collegiate seminars/conferences, and in the writing of articles for magazines. They are trained to participate in contests at various literary festivals and have often returned bearing laurels.
The Department is delighted to place on record that the employment rate of its students is high and that it can boast of a few alumni of significant achievement.

Staff Objectives:

  • To become visible scholars, enhancing their own knowledge and qualifications, thereby inspiring their students to become the same
  • To design and execute innovative ways of teaching students
  • To mentor both advanced and slow learners and thus make both the best that they can be
  • To nurture a climate of original thinking and reasoning in the Department thereby preparing themselves and their students for research and creative writing and publication

Student Objectives:

  • To become sensitive, thinking and hard working individuals who are willing to plough back the benefits of their education into society
  • To become academically competent
  • To obtain gainful and worthwhile employment

Name : Dr. Geralyn Pinto
Department : PGENGLISH
Designation:Associate Professor and HOD
Qualification:M.A, Ph.D

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended

Date Level Title Place Participation Type
5 & 6, February 2016 National " Quality Initiatives with special focus on Women's Education" St Agnes College (Autonomous) Mangaluru Presented Paper,Moderator
3-10, December 2014 International Prakriti Poetry Festival Prakriti Foundation and The Hindu Newspaper, Chennai Presented Selfauthored Poetry
13 August 2014 State Awareness Programme on Inflibnet N-list E Resources St. Agnes College(Autonomous),Mangaluru Participated
13 August 2014 State Awareness Programme on Inflibnet N-list E Resources St. Agnes College(Autonomous),Mangaluru Participated
7-8 February,2014 National The Re-constitution of Sexuality in the Media and Popular Culture Department of English, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru Delivered Keynote Address
19-20 September,2014 National ALL WRITE Department of English, St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangaluru Convener
1-2 March,2013 International Engaging Priorities, Enabling Connections: India, Canada and the Way Forward The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, at Mangala Gangothri, Mangalore University Presented Paper
11 January,2013 National Narrative Semantics: Texts, contexts, Re-mediations Poorna Prajna College,Udupi Resource Person
14-15 December,2012 National Charles Dickens and Victorian England: What the Dickens? St. Aloysius College(Autonomous),Mangaluru Presented Paper
21-22 February,2012 National Reading Indias Christ University, Bangalore Presented Paper

Papers Presented

Year Level Theme Place Participation Type
2004 International Invention and Re-Invention in the context of Colonial Nationalisms 13th Triennial Conference of the International Association of Literature and Language Studies Presented Paper
2006 National In an Antique Land: An Interrogation of the Rhetorical Strategies of History Perspectives in Indian English Fiction”, organized by the Association of English Teachers of Mangalo Presented Paper
2007 International In an Antique Land: A De-Elitization of History "Literature for Our Times": The 14th International Triennial Conference of IACLALS, Vancouver, Canad Presented Paper
2012 National A Patchwork Counterpane: The Self-Contradictions of Dickens and His Work "Seminar on "Charles Dickens and Victorian England" What the Dickens? 14 & 15 December 2012 organize Presented Paper
Name : Ms. Raveena Maria Mascarenhas
Department : PGENGLISH
Designation:Assistant Professor

Department : PGENGLISH
Qualification: B.A., M.A.,, B.Ed., SET

Achievements of Dr. Geralyn Pinto

Bridge course in English for the year 2018-19

The department of English conducted a Bridge course in English for the I year degree students from 4th June to 14th June 2018.There were a total of 28 students who attended these classes. The students were enrolled during the class assemblies held for the respective streams of B.A. B. Sc. B.B.A. and B.C.A.The classes were conducted from 12.00p.m.daily in Room36 Carmel Block. The classes were handled by Ms. Benzita, Ms. Princita and Ms. Swetha who are facilitators. The topics that were touched upon were mostly related to spoken English as the purpose of the Bridge course was to help students brush up their spoken English skills and build up their confidence and make them more job worthy in the present day global context.

Ms.Benzita took up spoken English classes and got the students to participate in a lot of vocabulary building and confidence building activities like the ice breaker. Ms. Princita touched upon writing skills and interview skills. She gave them exercises on official communication, question phrasing, and also the usage of the dictionary and Google apps in the use of everyday English. Ms. Swetha took up classes in, Debate,G.D. Story telling. The facilitators also trained them in expressive communication by giving them exercises in Extempore and prepared speeches when they took up public speaking. The students were asked to speak on simple table topics and were evaluated and feedback given.

In total there were 30 contact hours and they proved to be fruitful as the students were able to come forward and introduce themselves, speak on table topics and face the class with confidence. They were evaluated and feedback given on their performance. They were encouraged to join the communicative English classes held by the department. It is hoped that the students will find this course useful in their day to day communication in college and also outside.

Orientation Programme

The Orientation Programme for the freshers of I BA English Major was on 26 June, 2018. Mrs Shobana Manohar, from School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya was the resource person and she spoke on the topic 'Scope of Literature'. The seniors entertained the juniors with a short programme and also conducted activities. According to the best practice of the department, the students who scored highest marks in English Major in I and II year BA were awarded with books. As the green initiative of the department, the Resource Person was given a plant as a token of gratitude

Green Initiatives:

The Students of the Department of PG Studies in English, , under the guidance of Mrs Sonya Karkera ,conducted Workshops to train college students and school pupils in the techniques of bottle gardening
The following Institutions were the beneficiaries:

  1. U.G. and P.G. Departments of St Agnes College
  2. St Agnes Primary School
  3. St Agnes High School
  4. St Agnes School Scouts and Guides
  5. St Agnes PU College
  6. St Aloysius PU College
The following students of M.A in English were actively involved in the workshop:
  • Ayshath Suhaima
  • Susan Christleen D'Souza
  • Swathi Rao
  • Dalsy Dominic
  • Dina Mohamed Salim
  • Shalini Saldanha
  • Swathi
  • Vandana D'Souza

Course Contents

Semester Paper Code Title of the paper HardCore/SoftCore Compulsory/Optional
I MENG H 101 British Literature I - From Chaucer to Shakespeare HC Compulsory
MENG H 102 British Literature II - From Milton to Pope HC Compulsory
MENG H 103 Indian Writings in English - From the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century HC Compulsory
MENG S 104 Children's Literature SC Optional(2 out of 3 Papers)
MENG S 105 English Language and Linguistics SC
MENG S 106 The Reading and Interpretation of Literature SC
II MENG H 201 British Literature III - From Gray to Wordsworth HC Compulsory
MENG H 202 British Literature IV - From Tennyson to Yeats HC Compulsory
MENG H 203 World Literatures HC Compulsory
MENG S 204 Literary and Critical Theory SC Optional(2 out of 3 Papers)
MENG S 205 Indian Literatures in Translation SC
MENG S 206 Envisioning Shakespeare SC
MENG E 207 Communicative English OE Optional(1 out of 2 Papers)
MENG E 208 Travel Writing OE
III MENG H 301 British Literature V - From the Inter-War Years to the 1950s HC Compulsory
MENG H 302 Cultural Studies HC Compulsory
MENG H 303 Research Methodology HC Compulsory
MENG S 304 Teaching of English as Second Language SC Optional(2 out of 3 Papers)
MENG S 305 Diaspora Literature SC
MENG S 306 Eco Literature SC
MENG E 307 Autobiographies OE Optional(1 out of 2 Papers)
MENG E 308 Popular Fiction OE
IV MENG H 401 Postcolonial Thought and Literature HC Compulsory
MENG H 402 American Literature HC Compulsory
MENG S 403 English for Specific Purposes SC Optional(2 out of 3 Papers)
MENG S 404 Subaltern Literature SC
MENG S 405 African Literature SC
MENG H 406 Term Paper and Viva HC Compulsory/Optional


Total No. of Hard Core (HC) Courses = 12 ;Total No of Credits = 54

Total No. of Soft Core (SC) Courses= 8;Total No of Credits = 32

Total No. of Open Elective (OE) Courses= 2;Total No of Credits = 6

Grand Total:No. of Courses (including project work) = 22;No. of Credits= 92
Orientation 2018
Orientation 2018
Orientation 2018
Orientation 2018
Bridge Course in English
Workshop - ALL WRITE
Library Orientation
Onam Celebrations
Stage Craft
Special Lecture
Educational Tour to PUNE