The Department of English was established with the inception of the Banaras Hindu University in 1916. It is a large Department in the university. 'Indian Literature in English' and 'Post Colonial Literatures' are the focal areas of research and training. The Department has been bringing out the research journal Research and Criticism since 1964. Recently, the journal has been relaunched in a New Series with ISSN.
At the postgraduate level in the final semester, optional papers such as Indian Literature in Translation, New Literatures in English, Women Writing, and European Literature in Translation are offered to the students. The Department organizes three annual memorial lectures - The Nag, Purohit Swami and Vikramaditya Rai Memorial Lectures. Eminent scholars are invited to deliver these memorial lectures on various aspects of English literature. The Department organizes seminars and conferences, regularly.

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