Literature at Krea

Central to Krea’s vision is a student who learns to read deeply, sensitive to contexts and histories that are both immediate and local and further removed in time and place. The Krea Literature major will read texts in Englishes past and present, explore contemporary literatures in global Englishes, and think through the aesthetics and politics of literatures in translation, asking what these literatures bring to readers of English and other languages. The Literature major will also engage with the role of technology in the rapid evolution of literary forms, including new technologies and media in the digital arts and humanities, a fast-growing area of interwoven learning spanning creative and critical thinking.

The Approach

The literature curriculum will highlight spaces for conceptual intersections, pathways criss-crossing different literary genres and cultures, as well as movements and practices in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The major we offer will nurture intense engagement with learning how to read and write in different academic and creative genres.  

Krea’s literature major has been designed with principles of decolonisation as praxis and not just as theory. The programme explores the global interconnectedness of literary methods, genres, movements, technologies, and theories, while creating opportunities to question Englishes, move beyond literatures in English, explore texts in translation, and fundamentally rethink what literature is. Our program is innovative in requiring creative writing, which allows us to create links between literary analysis and artistic practitioners, rather than maintaining the silos between the two. Further, each course is designed to meet Krea’s curricular guiding principles of ethics, historicity, research-based, and writing-intensive courses, also considering the role of technology in the evolution of literatures and literary knowledge/scholarship/practice. Immersive experiences in the literature program will include meeting writers, entrepreneurs, administrators; engaging with publishers, editors, journalists and bookmakers at work; and opportunities to train and work as peer tutors and research assistants. 

Programme Details

Major:

Students must meet the following requirements to earn a major in Literature:

  1. A student must take a minimum of 12 courses, or an equivalent of 48 credits in literature out of which:
    1. Six are required courses.
    2. Six are elective courses, pertinent to student interest.

Minor:

Students must meet the following requirements to earn a minor in Literature:

  1. A student must take a minimum of 6 courses, or an equivalent of 24 credits in literature out of which:
    1. Three are required courses – Literary Methods, Introduction to Genre and one of the upper level seminars on Translation or Canon.
    2. Three are elective courses.

Concentration:

Students must meet the following requirements to qualify for a concentration in Literature:

  1. A student must take a minimum of 3 courses, or an equivalent of 12 credits, in literature out of which:
    1. A minimum of two are required courses – Literary Methods and Introduction to Genre
    2. One elective course curated in conjunction with and approved by the student’s undergraduate advisor/mentor.
Required Courses Sample Electives
  1. Literary Methods
  2. Creative Writing
  3. Genre in Literary Studies
  4. Literary Movement(s)
  1. Make or Break? The Literary Canon
  2. Translation: “Translation, Theory and Practice”
In-depth Topics Courses
  1. POW! Gender, Sexuality, and Superheroes
  2. Spirited Away to Skyrim: Dystopia and Fantasy Fiction
  In-depth Period Courses
  1. Premodern Literatures
  In-depth Authors Courses
  1. Chaucer and the Arabic Tradition
  2. Interweaving Languages: The Poetry of Arun Kolatkar
  In-depth Genre Courses
  1. Transhistorical Travel Narratives
  2. Romance to Bromance: Medieval Romance to the Contemporary Romantic Comedy
  Upper-Level Writing Courses
  1. History of the English Language
  Intersections Courses
  1. Human Rights and Postcolonial Literature
  2. Technologies of Writing and New Media

Akhila Ramnarayan

Divisional Chair, Literature & the Arts
Associate Professor of Practice
Cultural Program Curator

Akhila Ramnarayan

Divisional Chair, Literature & the Arts
Associate Professor of Practice
Cultural Program Curator

PhD, The Ohio State University

Anannya Dasgupta

Director, Centre for Writing & Pedagogy
Associate Professor of Literature

Anannya Dasgupta

Director, Centre for Writing & Pedagogy
Associate Professor of Literature

PhD, Rutgers University

Greeshma Mohan

Faculty Associate
Centre for Writing and Pedagogy

Greeshma Mohan

Faculty Associate
Centre for Writing and Pedagogy

PhD in English from JNU (ongoing)

Joya John

Assistant Professor of Literature

Joya John

Assistant Professor of Literature

PhD, University of Chicago

Sameer Abraham Thomas

Faculty Associate
Centre for Writing and Pedagogy

Sameer Abraham Thomas

Faculty Associate
Centre for Writing and Pedagogy

MPhil in English from Delhi University

Shyama Rajendran

Assistant Professor of Literature,

Shyama Rajendran

Assistant Professor of Literature,

PhD, The George Washington University

Vasudha Katju

Faculty Associate
Centre for Writing and Pedagogy

Vasudha Katju

Faculty Associate
Centre for Writing and Pedagogy

PhD in Sociology from JNU (submitted)

Prayaag Akbar

Visiting Senior Fellow

Prayaag Akbar

Visiting Senior Fellow

Centre for Writing & Pedagogy
MSc, London School of Economics

The Krea literature graduate will challenge the frequently asked question, “what can you do with a major in literature” to “what can you not?” They will have the broad skills, work ethic, and curiosity to pursue careers in several domains including education (including teaching), postgraduate study in literature and allied disciplines, law, medicine, government, nonprofit and for-profit start-up ventures, arts and entertainment, health/finance, journalism, advertising/marketing, publishing, human resources, and information technology. They will meet the world as interested, discerning, empathetic, helpful and entrepreneurial individuals who are dynamic, adaptive, and resilient in their personal and professional lives

Job Roles Organizations
  • Social media manager
  • PR manager
  • Technical writer
  • Legal writer
  • Research Grant writer
  • Content manager
  • Communications manager
  • Arts policy manager
  • Library manager
  • Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Digital marketing agency
  • Corporate Communications department
  • Public Relations firm
  • Law firm
  • Funding organisation (CSR)
  • Publishing house
  • Education organisation
  • Foreign embassy / mission
  • Digital media organisation
  • Advertising firm
  • Market research agency