PhD in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies

Programme Description

Tagore translated “Comparative Literature” into Bengali as “visvasahitya” (world literature). The choice of sahitya for literature reveals the possibilities of comparative studies of literature in our part of the world. Comparison is not just comparing disparate objects but nurturing a conceptual space in which the imagination can be confronted with otherness. The aim of this research programme is precisely to turn literature into an experience of that otherness, which both questions and redraws the sense of culture, nation and identity.

While close-reading skills in the original will be a key aspect of the comparatist–translator’s brief, our researchers may also choose to bring literary studies in close dialogue with other disciplines from the humanities and social sciences. The programme will encourage the practice of translation and recognize its significance in ways that will promote the reading and dissemination of literatures in as many languages as possible, with a special focus on Indian and South Asian literary cultures.

Programme Structure


MPhil: Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (such as Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, English, Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Disability Studies) with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognised University.

Direct PhD: MPhil with at least 55% marks or an equivalent grade from a recognised university. Applicants without an MPhil but quality publications in a relevant field may also apply. Relaxation of 5% for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/PWD categories.


Fee Structure

Admission Procedure

MPhil. 1. Research proposal (1000 words) to be submitted with application. (25%) 2.Entrance test (based on topics in literature and applicant’s research proposal).(50%) 3. Interview of selected candidates (25%)

Direct PhD: 1. A research proposal (3000 words with a substantial bibliography) to be submitted with the application.(40%) 2. Written exam (based on research proposal) (35%) 3.Interview of selected candidates (25%).


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