School of Languages, Literature and Culture

Department of Languages and Comparative Literature

The Department for Languages and Comparative Literature (CLCL) offers opportunities for postgraduate and PhD level studies in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and comparative analysis of their literature and cultures.  The department has planned the curriculum and its research activity on updated Indian as well as Western theoretical models that can be applied to study and understand linguistic, literary and cultural creative processes. The courses have been planned in such a way that an integrated as well as independent understanding of these three segments (Language, Literature and Culture) is made possible.

The department attempts to negotiate the boundaries and initiate dialogue between different languages, literatures, cultures and countries through the study of their literature, language, film, art, history, and socio-political contexts. The distinctive feature of this department is that it provides an opportunity to and helps develop competence of students, scholars and researchers to study a particular language’s creative process in the perspective of world literature.


  1. Dr. Alpna Saini, Associate Professor and HOD
  2. Dr. Zameerpal Kaur, Associate Professor
  3. Dr. Amandeep Singh, Assistant Professor
  4. Dr. Ramanpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor
  5. Dr. Dinesh Babu P., Assistant Professor
  6. Dr. Shahila Zafar, Assistant Professor

Academic Programmes Offered for Session 2017-18

  1. MA. Punjabi
  2. MA. English
  3. MA. Hindi
  4. Ph.D. Punjabi
  5. Ph.D. English

Syllabi & Course Structure

  1. M.A. Punjabi
  2. M.A. English
  3. M.A. Hindi
  4. M.A. English (Comparative Literature and Translation)
  5. Ph.D. Punjabi
  6. Ph.D. English
  7. Ph.D. Hindi

Research Highlights of the department

  1. Literary Theory with special focus on theories of Subjectivity, Drama and Theatre, Translation and Film Studies.
  2. Punjabi Language and Linguistics (Grammatical and Textual Studies), Literary Theory and Punjabi Criticism, Indian Philosophy
  3. 19th Century American and African American Literature, 20th Century American and African American Literature (Fiction).
  4. Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning and Technology, English Language Teaching.
  5. Contemporary discourses (Gender and Dalit Discourse), Tribal Literature, Regional Literature and Culture studies.
  6. Ecocriticism- Study of Environment and Literature, Indian Literary Theories, Ancient Indian Literature, Punjabi Poetry and Folklore

Laboratory Facility

An internet enabled language laboratory for the teaching and learning of different languages with the required infrastructure like modern computer systems along with headsets/mikes and language teaching software has been setup. The laboratory has been set up in the department for Languages and Comparative Literature to improve the communication skills of students and to accelerate the language learning process. The Communication and Soft Skills Development classes are held in the evening to improve the technical and academic writing, reading, pronunciation and communication skills of the students. These language tutorials are open for students of all the schools and departments wishing to opt for it.


  1. “Divided Space and the Divided Subject: A Comparative Analysis of Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What the Body Remembers (1999) and Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age (2007)” (Sandeep Kaur and Alpna Saini) in Literary Voice (Vol. 1 No. 4). March, 2015. ISSN 2277-4521. p. 26-36
  2. “Psycho-Sexual Construction of the Subjects in Sudhir Kakar’s The Ascetic of Desire” (Neha Sharma and Alpna Saini) in Journal of Literature and Art Studies (Volume 5, Number 5). May 2015 (Serial Number 42). ISSN2159 5836. p. 320-326
  3. “Representation of Atrocities Committed against Women with Special Reference to Media in Manjula Padmanabhan’s Lights Out” (Sapanpreet Kaur and Alpna Saini) in Quote Unquote (Vol. 2, No. 1-2), Jan-Dec 2014. ISSN2320-8759. p. 7-19.
  4. “The Volition of Religion in the Devadasi Tradition with Special Reference to Amita Kanekar’s A Spoke in the Wheel”(Smriti Thakur and Alpna Saini) in International Journal of English Language, Literature And Translation Studies (Vol.2. Issue 3) July-September, 2015. ISSN2349-9451. p. 231-237
  5. “Amita Kanekar’s A Spoke in the Wheel: A Study of Materialisation of Devadasi Tradition and Cultural Objects” (Smriti Thakur and Alpna Saini) in Literary Voice (Vol. 1 No. 5). March, 2016. ISSN 2277-4521. p. 12-22
  6. Singh, A. (2016). Changing Landscape of Punjab: An Ecocritical Reading of Balbir Parwana's Select Fiction CLRI. 1.1: n.pag.
  7. Kaur, Z. (2015). Environmental and Ecocritical Concerns in Regional Poetry with Special Focus on Bhai Vir Singh's Poetry Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society. 8.2:28-43.
  8. en R. K. (2015), Salaam tatha Jeenkathi mein Dalit Vimarsh ka Tulnatmak Adhyayan, Hashiy Ki Awaz, Issue No. 02, ISSN 2277-5331, Page 16-19
  9. Sen R.K. (2015), Anchalik Upnyason mein Bhartiy kisan ki Sangharshpurn stithi, SarhadEPatrika, ISSN: 2455-6440, Volume 1, Issue 1, (Oct-Dec .2015), PP 103-109 (
  10. Sen R.K. (2016), Aadhunik Kavita Mein Dalit Vimarsha: Sohan Lal Subudh tatha Lal Singh Dil ki Kavitaon ka Tulnatmak Adhyayan, SarhadEPatrika, ISSN: 2455-6440, Volume 1, Issue II, (Jan.-March.2016), PP 324-335 (
  11. Sen R. K. (2016), Hashiye ki Bhashayen: Bagri Bhasha ka Parichyatmak Adhyayan, Hashiy Ki Awaz, Issue No. 08, ISSN 2277-5331, Page 30-32
  12. Sen R. K. (2016), Hindi Upnyas ‘Maila Anchal’aur Punjabi Upnyas ‘Kothe Khadak Singh’mein anchalik jeevan ka bahuayami tulnatmak adhyayan, Bhashiki, Volume. 64, ISSN 2454-4388, Page 59-65
  13. Kumar, R. (2015). Anchalik Upnyason mein Bhartiy kisan ki Sangharshpurn stithi, Sarhad-E-Patrika. 1 (1): 103-109.
  14. Kumar, R. (2015). Salaam tatha Jeenkathi mein Dalit Vimarsh ka Tulnatmak Adhyayan, Hashiye Ki Awaz. 2:16-19.
  15. Ramanpreet Kaur (2016).Malwai Sabhyacharak Shabdawli De Kosh Vigiyanak Adhyan Dian Sambhavnavan” ,  Malwa Region: Political, Economic and Socio-Cultural Aspects: Problems and Solutions ,( Eds. Tarsem Sharma), Unistar Books, pp 72-77, ISBN-978-93-5113-727-6
  16. Kaur, R. (2015)Punjabi Di Uacheri Padhar Di Sikheya : Samaseyavan, Samadhan ate Sambhavnavan”. Punjab Vich Sikheya: Samaseyavan Te Samadhan. Ed.) Kulwant Singh,  Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh, ISBN: 978-93-5204-032-2, pp115-126.
  17. Ramanpreet Kaur, Sapanpreet Kaur(2016). “ Vishvikarn Ate Punjabi Bhasha Da Adhiyapan: Dash ate Disha”, Vishvikarn Da Punjabi Samaj,  Sabhyachar, Bhasha ate Sahit te Parbhav, (Eds. Karamjeet Kaur) Sapatrishi Publications, Chandigarh, pp 65-77, ISBN no. 978-93-83338-96-2
  18. Saranraj L, Zafar S., & Khan Z.A.(2016).  Influence of Motivational Factors and Gender Differences on Learning English as a Second Language: A Case of Engineering Students from Rural Background. Indian Journal of Science and Technology, 9 (44), 1-7.
  19. Feleciya, J.N., Zafar S. (2016). The Role of Learning Strategies in Fostering Learner Autonomy: A Conceptual Analysis. LangLit, 2(3), 647-651.
  20. Saranraj L, Zafar S, & Khan Z.A.(2016). Language Learning Strategies–A Reappraisal. International Journal of English: Literature, Language and Skills (IJELLS), 4(4), 134-138.
  21. Saranraj L, & Zafar S. (2016). Motivation in second language learning –a retrospect. Galaxy International Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 4(1), 7-13.
  22. Feleciya, J.N., Zafar S., & Khan Z.A. (2015). The influence of language learning strategy on language related employability skills. Asia- Pacific Journal of Research, 1(33), 183-190.
  23. Feleciya, J.N., Zafar S., & Khan Z.A. (2015). A Critical Overview of Language Learning Strategy Research and its Future Implications. Scholar Critic, 2(2), 73-82.
  24. Sidhu, P.S. & Kaur, R.“Sadhu Binnig De Sacch Di Semiotics”, Khoj Darpan, Research Journal of GNDU, Amritsar (National Research Journal) Vol-50, pp. 1-16. ISSN-0972-3773
  25. Babu P., Dinesh. “I was nothing but a slave whose will must and should surrender to his.”: The Southern Slave Speaks in Harriet A. Jacobs’ Incidents  in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself.”  Research and Criticism Journal of the Department of English, Banaras Hindu University.  (2015): (ISSN 2229 – 3639) (forthcoming).

Book Chapters and Books

  1. Sharma, Rajesh and Alpna Saini Trans. and Ed. Blood Flowers: Selected Poetry of Harbhajan Hundal, CreateSpace Publishing, USA, 2015.
  2. Saini, Alpna and Neetu Purohit. Eds. Negotiating Boundaries: A Study of Bushra Ejaz’s Writings. Chandigarh. Unistar Books, 2013.
  3. Saini, Alpna. Subjectivity as a Locus of Conflicts in Girish Karnad: a Discussion of his Plays. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012.
  4. Kaur, Z. (2015). Vishav chintak: Kuntak Patiala: Punjabi University.
  5. Kaur, Z. (2013). "Human Erotic Behaviour and Sringar Rasa". In the Mind of the Beholder: Conceptualisations of Eroticism. Inter-Disciplinary Press: Oxford, p:35-47.
  6. Bagri: Geet Manjari (Compiled) 21st Century Publication, Patiala, 2008
  7. Rahon Ke Anveshi (Edited) 21st Century Publication, Patiala, 2008
  8. Hindi Upnyas ka Naya Daur, (edited) Unistar Publication, Chandigarh 2011
  9. Hindi Ke Anchalik Upnyas, (In Press)
  10. Bagri Boli ka Vyakarn, (In Press)
  11. Kaur, R. and Rajandeep Kaur( 2016), Aasa Di Var :  Sarup Te Sanchar, Ravi Sahit Parkashan, Amritsar, ISBN-978-81-7143-647-7.
  12. Zafar, S.(2016). The Color Purple as a Neo-Slave Narrative. Alica Walker’s Color Purple: Critical Perspectives, Edited by Devaleena Das, Pencraft International, New Delhi, 92- 101. (ISBN 978-93-82178-10-1).
  13. Saranraj L, Khan Z.A. & Zafar S. (2015). English for employability: A conceptual study on motivation and anxiety. Proceedings of the International Conference on Perspectives of Language, Literature and Theory. Chennai, 451-455. (ISBN 978-81-8124-201-3).
  14. Zafar S., Feleciya J.N., & Khan Z.A. (2014). Using website building as a project based learning (PBL) tool to enhance engineering students’ technical writing skills.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Trends and Innovations in Language Teaching. IEEE, Chennai, 186-188. (ISBN-978-1-4799-7238-8).
  15. Saranraj L, Zafar S., & Khan Z.A. (2014). Teachers’ use of motivational strategies in tertiary level ESL classrooms.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Trends and Innovations in Language Teaching. IEEE, Chennai, 462-466. (ISBN-978-1-4799-7238-8).
  16. Saranraj L, Khan Z.A., & Zafar S. (2014). The role of teaching in enhancing students’ motivation to learn a Second Language. New Trends in English Language Teaching, Edited by M. Usha Rani, Research India Press, New Delhi, 228-230. (ISBN 978-93-5171-023-3).
  17. Adaptation of Oral- Literary Forms in Toni Morrison's Novels. Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010. (ISBN- 978-38-43356-51-0).
  18. Lal, C. (2014). Bhagat Singh ke Durlabh Dastavez. Merut: Samvad Prakashan.

Papers Presented in Seminars/Conferences/Symposia/Workshops

  1. Kaur, R, “Prof Sahib Singh Di Vartak: Parkirti Te Partakhan (Nibandkari De Visesh Parsang Vich”, 6th Vishav Punjabi Sahit Conference on Punjabi Vartak: Praptiyan te Sambhavnavan, organized by Department of Literary Punjabi Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala on Dec. 7-9, 2016.
  2. Kaur, R. “Dr.Harkirat Singh Di Gurbani Viyakhyakari”, National Seminar on Sri Guru Granth Sahib Di Viakhyakari Te Viakhyakar ,organized by Department of Sri Guru Grantu Sahib  Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dated 05-06 Dec. 2016.
  3. Sapanpreet Kaur & Kaur, R., “Gracing the Age Old Disgraced Luna: A Neo Interpretation of the Figure of Lina in Epic Verse Play Luna”, National Conference on Epic in India: Exploring, Variations, Transformation and Mutations” Organized by Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, Dated 24-26 August, 2016.
  4. Kaur, R. “Bhai Vir Singh De Kav-Anubhav Di Anubhuti (‘Mere Sayian Jeo’de Adhaar Te)”, Bhai Vir Singh Sahit: Vartmaan Pripekh, Two Day National Seminar, Organised by Bhai Vir Singh Research Cente, Chief Khalsa Diwan, Amritsar. February 11-12, 2016
  5. Kaur, R. “Vishvikarn Ate Punjabi Bhasha Da Adhiyapan: Dash ate Disha”, Impact of Globalization on Punjabi Culture, Society, Language and Literature, National Seminar, Organised by Bhag Singh Khalsa College, Kala Tibba, Abohar. January 27, 2016
  6. Kaur, R. “Malwai Sabhyacharak Shabdawali de Kosh Vigiyanak Adhyan Dian Sambhanavan”, Malwa Region : Socio-Political and Cultural Aspects, National Seminar, Organised by D.A.V. College, Abohar. January 20, 2016
  7. Kaur, R. “Manav Mukti Da Sarbkali Parvachan: Bani Guru Teg Bahadur Ji”, Guru Teg Bahadur Bani: Contexts and Concerns, National Seminar by Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dec. 01, 2015
  8. Kaur, R. “Paath-Vigiyanak Adhyan Vidhi: Sidantak ate Viharak Pripekh”. Sahit Adhyan: Bhasha Vigiyanak Vidhiyan, National Seminar, Organised by School of Punjabi Studies, G.N.D.U, Amritsar. Nov. 19, 2015
  9. Kaur, R. “Punjabi de Parmukh Bhashayi Adhyan ate Paath-Vigiyanak Adhyan Vidhi”, 3ed All India Conference of Linguistics and Folklore, organized by Department of Agril. Journalism, Langs. & Culture, Punjab Agricultural University in collaboration with Punjabi Linguistics Association, Patiala. May 28-2,    2015
  10. ‘Words under scanner: The limiting of literary voices in India’ at  National Seminaron Art under Scanner: Challenges to Artistic Expression at Davki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, on February 16, 2017.
  11. ‘A Survey of PhD Theses on the Factors Influencing Second Language Acquisition’ at the International Conference on Language and Literature through the Ages at SRM University, Ghaziabad on 18-20 November, 2016.
  12. ‘The Role of English Teacher in Promoting Gender- Sensitive Language’ at the ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on Gender Equality & Sustainable Development at the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda on March 21 & 22, 2016
  13. ‘The influence of language learning strategy on language related employability skills ‘at International Conference on Perspectives of Language Literature and Theory at Sri Akilandeswari Women’s College, Wandiwash on September 25 & 26, 2015.
  14. ‘English for employability: A conceptual study on motivation and anxiety’ at International Conference on Perspectives of Language Literature and Theory at Sri Akilandeswari Women’s College, Wandiwash on September 25 & 26, 2015.
  15. Lal, C. (2014). From Kartar Singh Sarabha to Bhagat Singh: Ideological development of revolutionaries. Seminar on Revolutionary Nationalism in India: Ideology, Programme and Legacies, at Department of History, Kolkata University, February 6-7, 2014.
  16. Lal, C. (2014). Bhagat Singh’s sketches of Indian revolutionaries in “Chand” and “Kirti”. Seminar on the Ghadar movement in the context of freedom struggle in Punjab. Panjab University, Chandigarh, March 6-8, 2014.
  17. Lal, C. (2014). Partition and Indian literature. Conference on Indian Freedom Movement and the partition of the sub-continent, at Department of History, Shantiniketan, February 11-12, 2014.

List of the Recently Completed Research Projects in the department

  1. Zafar. S., An Empirical Study on the Efficacy of Project- Based Learning (PBL) Approach on Technical Writing Skills, The British Council, India, (Rs. 1,94,575). (2016-17)
  2. Kumar, R. Grammatical Structure of Bagri Dialect, Funded by University Grants Commission (Rs. 8.91 Lac). (2013-2015)
  3. Kaur, Z. Ecocriticism and Modern Punjabi Poetry, Funded by University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi (Rs. 7.92 Lac).(2013-2015)
  4. Saini, A. Taboo Issues in Contemporary Indian Cinema and Theatre and their treatment with special focus on theories of Subjectivity, Funded by University Grants Commission (Rs. 1.25 Lac). (2013-2015)
  5. Kaur, R., Comparative Study of Formal  and Semantic Structure of Japuji Sahib and Jaap Sahib in Indo-Aryan Perspective

List of the Projects Approved

  1. Kumar, R., & Saini, A. Major Research Project funded by ICSSR on Socio Linguistic Study of The Bagri People, awarded in 2016
  2. Singh, A. Ecological Concerns in Contemporary Punjabi Fiction: Native and Diasporic Writing, Funded by Research Seed Money Programme, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (Rs.1.5 Lac). (2014-16)