- Disciplinary Knowledge of English Literature and Literary Studies:
Ability to identify, speak and write about different literary genres, forms, periods and movements;
Ability to understand and engage with various literary and critical concepts and categories;
Ability to read texts closely, paying attention to themes, generic conventions, historical contexts, and linguistic and stylistic variations and innovations;
Ability to understand appreciate, analyse, and use different theoretical frameworks;
Ability to locate in and engage with relevant scholarly works in order to develop one’s own critical position and present one’s views coherently and persuasively;
Ability to situate one’s own reading, to be aware of one’s position in terms of society, religion, caste, region, gender, politics, and sexuality to be self-reflexive and self-questioning;
Ability to understand the world, to think critically and clearly about the local and the global through a reading of literatures in translation and in the original, to be a located Indian citizen of the world.
Ability to speak and write clearly in standard, academic English;
Ability to listen to and read carefully various viewpoints and engage with them; and
Ability to use critical concepts and categories with clarity.
Ability to read and analyse extant scholarship;
Ability to substantiate critical readings of literary texts in order to persuade others; and
Ability to place texts in historical contexts and also read them in terms of generic conventions and literary history.
Ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in scholarly texts spotting flaws in their arguments; and
Ability to use critics and theorists to create a framework and to substantiate one’s argument in one’s reading of literary texts.
Ability to transfer literary critical skills to read other cultural texts; and
Ability to read any unfamiliar literary texts.
Ability to problematize, formulate hypothesis and research questions, and to identify and consult relevant sources to find answers; and
Ability to plan and write a research paper.
Reasoning and Reflective Thinking:
Ability to analyse texts, evaluating ideas and literary strategies;
Ability to formulate logical and persuasive arguments; and
Ability to locate oneself and see the influence of location—regional, national, global—on critical thinking and reading.
Ability to work independently in terms of reading literary and critical texts; and
Ability to carry out personal research, postulate questions and search for answers.
Ability to engage with and understand literature from various nations and reasons and languages; and
Ability to see and respect difference and to transcend binaries.
Moral and Ethical Values:
Ability to interrogate one’s own ethical values, and to be aware of ethical issues; and
Ability to read values inherited in literary texts and criticism vis a vis, the environment, religion, and spirituality, as also structures of power.
Ability to retain and build on critical reading skills; and
Ability to transfer such skills to other domains of one’s life and work.