Senior College


About the Subject

The College follows the University syllabus which introduces students to British Literature, Indian Literature in English and American Literature. The study involves the critical analysis of prescribed texts and a history of literature. The programme also includes courses in the structure of English and the study of English grammar, literary theory and practical criticism as well as feminist writing and criticism. In addition, the department teaches Communication Skills in English at the First Year level, and Mass Communication at the SYBA level.

About the Department

The English Department was one of the first departments to be established when the College was set up in 1940. The maximum possible is two divisions, i.e.240 students. The average each year is about 130-140. Members of the department have guided EXAP students for the Seminar, Research and Cultural components. On topics like Theatre of the Absurd, The Crusades, Fortune-telling, Diasporic Writing, A Comparative Analysis of the Representation of Women in post-Eighteenth Century Indian Paintings and Contemporary Indian Paintings. The Cultural component topics were Rangoli, Rajasthani Textiles and Jewellery, Superheroes: Men and Women in Tights.

Ms Jihasa Vachharajani 

Head of the Department


Areas of expertise and research interests: 

Travel Writing, Popular Culture, and Film Studies

Dr (Sr) Ananda Amritmahal

M.A., B.Ed., M. Phil., Ph. D., L.T.C.L. (Speech and Drama)


Dr (Sr) Ananda Amritmahal is Principal of Sophia College (Autonomous).
She is also Honorary Director of the Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies and Development.

Her areas of specialisation include Women’s Writing and Feminist Literary Criticism, and Indian Writing in English. Her doctoral thesis was on “Feminist Critical Perspectives on Indian Women’s Writing, with special reference to Shashi Deshpande and Mahasweta Devi”. Her other research interests are Women Mystic Poets, Children’s Literature, and Feminist Theology.

Dr Amritmahal has written a book, Relatedness and Resistance: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Some Indian Women Writers, as well as a number of articles on women’s issues.

She was awarded the Smt. Savitridevi Phule Adarsh Shikshika Puraskar (prize for exemplary teachers) by the University of Mumbai, for her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment.

Dr Amritmahal was awarded the Fulbright Teaching Fellowship as Visiting Lecturer at Loyola University, Chicago, for the spring semester of 2012. She was also appointed the Gannon Visiting Research Scholar at Loyola during the same period


M.A. M.Phil. (Assistant Professor)


An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and the University of Calcutta, Samrita Sinha is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Sophia College (Autonomous), Mumbai. Her research interests are in the domains of Northeast Anglophone Literatures, Sexuality and Body Studies, Critical Animal Studies and American Literature.

 Doctoral area of research: Her ongoing Doctoral research is titled, “Literary and Cultural Narratives from Northeast India: A Biopolitical Analysis” .

Research Projects: In 2019, she was awarded funding by Mumbai University to pursue a Minor Research Project titled, “Negotiating Identity with Otherness: Literatures in English from Northeast India” which she successfully completed. Her research articles have been published in reputed journals and as book chapters. Her forthcoming article, “Pathologies of ‘Body Fictions’: A Comparative Analysis of Margarita With a Straw and Kuch Bheegay Alfaaz”  for the book, Female Body Image in Contemporary Indian Literature and Popular Culture is to be published by Routledge, 2022. She is currently co-editing a book of commissioned essays on Female Protest Narratives: Literary and Cultural Representations from South Asia forthcoming in 2022 and to be published by an international publishing house. Her article, “Postcolonial Narrative Strategies in Mamang Dai’s The Legends of Pensam” in the book Aspects of Marginal Literature has been published by Subham Publications, Kanpur, in 2019. She has edited a book of commissioned essays titled, A Midsummer Night’s  Dream: Essays in Critical Appropriations with an introduction by Dr. Tapati Gupta, (Indian Shakespeare scholar), in the year 2014, published by Setu. She has contributed an article, “Subterraneous Narrativisation of the Female Body in Mamang Dai’s Poetry” to the book, Writing the Body: Studies in the Self-Images of Women in Indian English Poetry, edited by Arnab Bhattacharya and published by Common Ground, USA.

Ms Nishtha Dev

MA, MPhil 



Areas of expertise and research interests: Indian Literature, Translation: theory and practice, Popular Culture and Popular Narratives, Women's Writing

Dr. Elwin Susan John

MA, M.Phil, Ph.D


Areas of expertise and research interests: 17th and 18th century English Literature, Indian Writing in English, Cultural Studies, Travel Studies etc


Doctoral area of research: Body and Culture, Disability Studies, Skin and Disease Narratives. Doctoral thesis was titled, "Skin Cultures: Reconfigurations of the Body through Narratives".


Research projects: Ongoing RUSA project on "Disability Studies and Narratives in India"