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Debali Mookerjea-Leonard  

Office: Keezell 213
Phone: 540-568-3751
Email: mookerdx@jmu.edu
Office Hours:

Courses: Spring 2014
GEng 239: Survey of World Literature (Honors Section)
Eng 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language. Children, Violence and 
          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

Education:
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

Selected Awards:
Feminist Scholarship Award, Women’s Studies Program, James Madison University
National Endowment for the Humanities / American Institute of Indian Studies
          Senior Fellowship
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
          of Chicago
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

Selected Publications:
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
          12.1 (2005).

“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.

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Editorial Board Member, Genders

       
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