The Department of English was established in 1901, the year Cotton College was founded, and has continued to play an important role in contributing to the academic and cultural life of the entire Northeastern region. Prof F.W. Sudmerson, founder Principal of Cotton College was the one who started the department. From the session 1913-14, an undergraduate course in English was introduced under Calcutta University, and in 1914, a postgraduate course was introduced, thus marking the beginning of Post-Graduate education in Assam. Since 1979, the department has moved on from being under Gauhati University to Cotton College State University, and now Cotton University.

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Recent Publications


  • Narrating India’s Northeast: Contexts, Spaces, Representations”, Innerscape: Exploring Literatures from India’s North East. (Book edited by Arunabha Bhuyan), Papyrus
    Publish by: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral
    Publish on: 15-July-2021

  • '"The Spectre of Death in Narratives of Disease and Plagues". Reflections in the Time of the Pandemic', Anvesan, Vol. XIII (2020-2021)
    Publish by: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral
    Publish on: 01-July-2021

  • '"Walking with the Gods": Writing Land and Body in India's Northeast', Dibrugarh University Journal of English Studies, Vol.29
    Publish by: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral
    Publish on: 15-June-2021

  • Once Upon the Hills: A Handbook of Feminist Voices and Everyday Practices in Nagaland, Heritage Publishing House
    Publish by: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral
    Publish on: 01-May-2021

  • "The Crisis of Identity: Reframing the Self in Kavery Nambisan's Mango-Coloured Fish", Indian Narrative Tradition: Text, Performance and Interpretations. New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2021,pp. 156-164.
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-January-2021

  • "Memories of Partition", Muse India, Issue 92 (July-August 2020)
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 07-July-2020

  • "Mohamari Arw Thunlai" (Pandemic and Literature), Gambari, Vol. III, Issue X
    Publish by: Jeetumoni Basumatary
    Publish on: 01-July-2020

  • Poetry, Identity and the Geography of Culture: Representations of Landscape in Poetry in English from Northeast India”, Asian Ethnicity (a Taylor and Francis journal)
    Publish by: Dr. Rajashree Bargohain
    Publish on: 09-June-2020

  • "Writing as Resistance", The Book Review. Vol XLIV Number 6, June 2020
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 05-June-2020

  • “The Scrutinised Life: Gandhi and His Interlocutors”, Gandhi and the Contemporary World. Ed. Sanjeev Kumar. Routledge
    Publish by: Dr. Sanghamitra Sadhu
    Publish on: 01-June-2020

  • “Sampratik Asomiya Kobitar Boudhik Swarup”, Prakash
    Publish by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Das
    Publish on: 01-January-2020

  • Modernism in the Poetry of Navakanta Barua: A Selective Reading, Rock Pebbles, Issue 3, Vol 33
    Publish by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Das
    Publish on: 01-September-2019

  • “Emersonor The American Scholar” (Emerson’s ‘The American Scholar’), Goriyoshi
    Publish by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Das
    Publish on: 01-September-2019

  • “Tony Morrison-or The Bluest Eye” (Tony Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’), Prakash
    Publish by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Das
    Publish on: 01-September-2019

  • “Two Roads to Decolonization: Gandhi and Tagore.” Literatures from North-East India, Literatures from North-East India (In English and Translation. (Self Learning Materials) Block3, Unit: 11. KKHSOU, Guwahati
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 13-August-2019

  • “Toril Moi: “Female, Feminine, Feminist.”, Literary and Critical Theory II, (Self Learning Materials) Block 3, UNIT: 11. KKHSOU, Guwahati
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-August-2019

  • "Drinking Culture in Ao-Naga Society: From Rice Beer to Alcohol", International Journal of English Language Literatures and Translation Studies (IJELR), Vol. 6, Issue 2
    Publish by: Dr. Imsuchila Kichu
    Publish on: 15-July-2019

  • "Belief, Disbelief and Compromise" A Reading of The Gurkha's Daughter", Innerscape: Exploring Literatures from India’s North East. Book edited by Arunabha Bhuyan, Papyrus
    Publish by: Dr. Deetimali Barua Nath
    Publish on: 01-July-2019

  •  “Poetry of Nirmalprabha Bordoloi: A Study of Nature, Love and Locale” , Innerscape: Exploring Literature from India’s Northeast (Book edited by Arunabha Bhuyan), Papyrus
    Publish by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Das
    Publish on: 01-July-2019

  • "Ethnicity and Identity: A Reading of Select Poems by Jogamaya Chakma.”, Innerscape: Exploring Literatures from India’s North East. (Book edited by Arunabha Bhuyan), Papyrus
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-July-2019

  • Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya's Yaruingam or Love in the Time of Emergency, Literatures from North-East India (In English and Translation. (Self Learning Materials),KKHSOU, Guwahati
    Publish by: Dr. Kalpana Bora Barman
    Publish on: 01-July-2019

  • Guru T Ladakhi’s A Himalayan Ballad: A Tale of Love and Longings”, Innerscape: Exploring Literatures from India’s North East.  Ed. Arunabha Bhuyan. Papyrus,
    Publish by: Dr. Chandrima Goswami
    Publish on: 01-July-2019

  • "Ratan Thiyam, The Composite Artiste: A Reading of The Manipur Trilogy", Innerscape: Exploring Literatures from India’s North East.  Ed. Arunabha Bhuyan. Papyrus
    Publish by: Jeetumoni Basumatary
    Publish on: 01-June-2019

  • Envisioning a Modern Assamese Society: A Study of Jyotiprasad Agarwalla’s Khanikar”, Muse India, 83 
    Publish by: Dr. Rajashree Bargohain
    Publish on: 01-February-2019

  • 'Community Fiction: Mamang Dai’s The Legends of Pensam and Temsula Ao’s These Hills Called Home: Stories from a War Zone’, Indian Genre Fiction: Pasts and Future Histories, Routledge
    Publish by: Jeetumoni Basumatary
    Publish on: 15-December-2018

  • “Scripting the Freedom Song: The Moment of Dissent in Assam”, RivistaDegliStudi Orientale (University of Rome) Vol XCI, Supplement 2
    Publish by: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral
    Publish on: 05-December-2018

  • “Re-reading Select Nature Poems of Nirmalprabha Bordoloi and Emily Dickinson from Ecocritical Perspective”, Remarking- An Analisation, Vol 3, Issue 9
    Publish by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Das
    Publish on: 01-December-2018

  • The Politics of Food Cultures of India". Book Review of Nandita Haksar's The Flavours of Nationalism, Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing and Travelling Cultures
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-December-2018

  • "Baby Haldar's A Life Less Ordinary: Domestic Work, Motherhood, and the Dalit Woman", Antyajaa: Indian Journal of Women and Social Change. Vol 3.2,
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-December-2018

  • Reading Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable as a Critique of Colonial Modernity”, Rethinking Colonialism and Globalisation: The Historical Saga of India from the 19th century onwards (Book edited by Madhuri Saikia), DVS Publishers, Delhi
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-July-2018

  • "Locating Polyphony: A Study of the Ramayana in Assam”, Margins: A Journal of Literature & Culture VII-VIII(The journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University)
    Publish by: Dr. Rajashree Bargohain
    Publish on: 01-July-2018

  • Book Review of Avinuo Kire's The Power to Forgive (Zubaan Books, 2016)., MZU Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies, V.1, June 2018.
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-June-2018

  • "Women of Nagaland" Book Review of Temsula Ao's Aosenla's Story (Zubaan Books, 2017), Muse India, Issue 79
    Publish by: Dr. Arpana Nath
    Publish on: 01-June-2018

  • "Her Thighs Still Smell of Milk”: Partition and Poetry in Northeast India” , Café Dissensus 44 Spec. Issue of Women as the Displaced: The Context of South Asia
    Publish by: Dr. Rajashree Bargohain
    Publish on: 01-May-2018

  • “Constructing Womanhood: Discourse of Femininity in Select Indian Advertisements”, Dimorian Review, Vol 5.2
    Publish by: Dr. Merry Baruah Bora
    Publish on: 01-April-2018

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For Further Information Contact:

Deetimali Barua Nath

Head of the Department
9864262797
deetimalib@gmail.com