The chair is one of the the first chairs of SamSU. It was associated in 1927 under the name "History of Uzbek literature". Contributions of literary critics as Fitrat, Ayniy, Saady, Abdullaev, Sharafiddinov had great significance in the foundation of the chair. In 1984 a chair named " Modern Uzbek literature" came out of this chair. From the year 2015-2016 it was combined under the name "The chair of Uzbek language and literature". And since 2017 it has been functioning with the name " Literature of independence period and theory of literature". A number of literally critics made a success who worked during various years in the chair. "Introduction to literature" by N. Shukurov, " History of modern Uzbek literature" by S. Mirzaev, "Theory of literature", "Principles of creative work", "Theory of literary criticism" by H. Umurov are the examples of success which are being applied as manuals in higher educational establishments of our republic. From the very beginning the members of the chair have been performing their pedagogical activity together with researching and gaining success. Seven literary critics of Samarkand region worked on doctorial thesis upon modern Uzbek literature and defended in various years. They are Orif Ikramov (1970), Saadulla Mirzaev (1973), Nuriddin Shukurov (1973), Rakhim Mukimov (1975), Hotam Umurov (1984), Shavkat Kudratov (1986), Israil Mirzaev (1991), Shavkat Khasanov (2004) and Abdurakhim Soliev (2012). Also, in different years with the help of the chair more than 60 postgraduates and young researchers defended their dissertations . Majority of them made contributions in the Science and Education of our country working in different universities, higher educational establishments, editing house, for newspapers and magazines.
The chair: Today and In the future
The professors of the chair are working in this establishment meeting the requirements of today's life. The books, manuals, textbooks, handbooks that are being composed by the chair are based on new pedagogical technologies. Currently, there are 3 doctors of science, professors, 3 doctors of philosophy, 1 docent, 3 lecturers and 1 teacher which make a total number of 8 professors are working. A. Nosirov, U.Qobilov and M. Davronov are researching on their dissertations. The circles “Shalola”, "Yosh adabiyotshunos" under the chair are improving day by day. The members of the circles are being awarded participating in the special events of the University or along the country. One of the ambitions of the chair is to support those who are currently working on their dissertations. The dissertations named "The genre of short story in Uzbek literature and its significance " by A. Toshpulatov and "Chronicle poetics in Uzbek literature" by D. Khursanov are being worked on.
At present time, the chair has associated a library consisting artistic and scientific books. This library is being used by all the students of the faculty. The shelves are inundated with the books of independence ideology. Further expansion of books is being expected.