Coordinator, World Literature Minor
Office Hours: MF 9:00-10:00am, F 1:30-2:30pm
Courses: Spring 2016
Eng 239: Survey of World Literature (with Daniel Levine)
Eng 239H: Survey of World Literature
Eng 299: Writing About Literature
Teaching and Research Interests:
World Literature, South Asian Literature and Film, Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures, Postcolonial Theory, Women's Literature, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies,
Literature of the Partition of India
Ph.D., South Asian Studies, University of Chicago
M.A., Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
M.A., Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. First Class Honors,
First in University
B.A., Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. First Class Honors,
First in University
Feminist Scholarship Award, Women’s Studies Program, James Madison University
National Endowment for the Humanities / American Institute of Indian Studies
Summer Research Grant, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, James Madison University
International Development Grant, James Madison University
Faculty Research and Travel Grant, Cornell University
International Doctoral Fellowship, American Association of University Women
Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize for the best graduate research paper on South
Asia, Midwest Association of Asian Affairs
Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Chicago
Ruth Murray Memorial Prize (Graduate) for the best essay in the area of women’s
studies, feminist criticism or gender studies, Center for Gender Studies, University
Florence James Adams Prize, University of Chicago
University of Chicago Fellowship, University of Chicago
MacArthur Fellowship, University of Minnesota
National Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India
Pratibhamoyee Medal awarded to the best female graduate of the year, Jadavpur University
Hirendranath Dutta Memorial Gold Medal for modern Indian Literature, Jadavpur University
B.C. Basu Memorial Prize for excellence in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
Nripendra C. Bandyopadhyay Memorial Prize for excellence in Comparative
Literature, Jadavpur University
University Medals: B.A. and M.A., Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
Indian Partition in Literature and Film: History, Politics, Aesthetics. Co-edited with Rini
Bhattacharya Mehta. London and New York: Routledge (Forthcoming 2014).
Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
“The Unmaking of Citizenship: Nasreen’s Lajja and the Minority Man in Postcolonial
South Asia." Social Text 108 (Fall 2011).
“To be pure, or not to be: Gandhi, Women and the Partition." Feminist Review 94 (2010)
“The Diminished Man: Partition and ‘Transcendental Homelessness’” in Partitioned
Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement and Re-settlement. Anjali Gera Roy
and Nandi Bhatia (Eds.). Pearson Education, India, 2008.
“Divided Homelands, Hostile Homes: Partition, Women and Homelessness.” Journal
of Commonwealth Literature 40.2 (2005). Reprinted in Interpreting Homes in
South Asian Literature. Malashri Lal and Sukrita Paul Kumar (Eds.).
Pearson Education, India, 2007.
"Jyotirmoyee Devi: writing history, making citizens.” Indian Journal of Gender Studies
“Quarantined: Women and the Partition.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa,
and the Middle East 24.1, Special issue on Sex, Gender and Family Structure (2004).
“Disenfranchised Bodies.” Genders 38 (2003).
“The Nationalist Construction of Femininity: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s
Srikanta.” Jadavpur Journal of Comparative Literature 39 (2002).
Reference Work Entries
“Jibanananda Das.” Entry in the Companion to 20th Century World Poetry. Victoria
Arana Ed. New York: Facts on File, 2007.
“‘Banalata Sen’.” Entry in the Companion to 20th Century World Poetry. Victoria Arana
Ed. New York: Facts on File, 2007.
Editorial Board Member, Genders