Tamil University, Thanjavur

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Department of Literature


Department of Literature

Critically analysing the canon of ancient and modern Tamil literature in literary, sociological, psychological and feministic perspectives, constructing the literary concept in Tamil and comparative study of Tamil with other pan-Indian literatures are a few of the objectives of the Department of Tamil Literature. Compilation of reference works such as Literary encyclopaedias, Compendium of Cankam Literature, undertaking of intra-mural, state-sponsored and UGC funded projects, conduct of Refresher Courses, Symposia, Seminar etc with the financial assistance of state as well as central governments, organising a number of Endowment Lectures and administering the academic programmes leading to M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. Degrees.

Courses offered

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


=> To carry out advanced studies on Cankam Classics.
=> To study the literary and spiritual values of devotional literature.
=> To study the ethical literature from social and cultural aspects.
=> To offer training in the traditional grammar
=> To study Tamil Literary works on interdisciplinary principles.
=> To prepare reference books for Tamil literary and grammatical works.
=> To conduct Refresher courses for the students and staff of various levels.


=> The department has organized many seminars, workshops and refresher courses
=> The faculty members of the department have completed some research projects
=> The faculty members have published some books


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