An avid fangirl all my life, my approach to literary texts is shaped by the politics of representation in various forms of Popular Culture, mostly grounded on Marxism and Poststructuralism.
Research-wise and pedagogically, I am invested in
a) Holocaust and Genocide Studies,
b) Popular Culture (Web-series, films, graphic novels),
c) Digital Humanities (Memes, Social media activism and Video Games).
I am currently working on social media and Esports Industry in Asian dramas and my forthcoming publication from Routledge is a co-edited volume on Holocaust and Popular Culture.
PhD English (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
M.Phil English (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
MA English (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Owing to my rendezvous with Popular Culture and Critical Theory, I have, over the years, presented, published and delivered talks on fantasy, science fiction, graphic novels, TV series, korean dramas, memes, and games.
My M.Phil dissertation is on the questions of eroticism and objectification of Male Body in Bollywood films and advertisements. My doctoral work is on the image of violence and the politics of visuality in the popular American Television show Game of Thrones.
Having finished my postgraduate in English Literature, I secured UGC-JRF in 2011 and have been engaged in college teaching since then.
My first teaching assignment was at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. Thereafter I had taken up short-term teaching assignments at Jamia Millia Islamia and JNU. Later I joined Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, as a full time faculty before joining Presidency University.
Research / Administrative Experience+
I live at the crossroad of Holocaust and Popular Culture, especially television series, memes, and video games. My academic works are largely based on American, Japanese, and Korean
Culture Industry. I am currently working on posthumanism in Asian dramas and my forthcoming publication from Routledge is an investigation of the nexus between the Holocaust and Popular Culture.
Teaching / Other Experience+
Pedagogically, I specialise in Marxism, Popular Culture, Holocaust Studies and Digital Humanities.
Texts I teach:
Partition Literature: Saadat Hasan Manto, Short Stories
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, Emily Dickinson and Edward Albee
Fantasy: JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings / JK Rowling's Harry Potter
Introduction to Marxism: The Communist Manifesto
Graphic Novel: Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis
Travel Writing: Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries
Advanced Theory: Marxism: Antonio Gramsci's The Prison Notebooks
Holocaust Literature: Elie Wiesel and Anne Frank
Tolkien's The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings
Body in Popular Culture:
a. Bollywood Films
b. Game of Thrones
Post Graduate Supervision+
Postgraduate dissertation topics that I have supervised/ am supervising:
1. Urvashi Mukherjee, "Adaptation, Translation and Transformation in Vishal Bhardwaj's Saat Khoon Maaf"
2. Jahnabi Mukherjee, "Disease, Anti-semitism and Otherization in Murnau's Nosferatu"
3. Ayantika Lahiri, "Murdering Author in Jung Jae Doo’s 2016 TV series W"
4. Susrita Das, "Metalanguage of Internet Memes in Web 2.0"
5. Shreshtha Chowdhury, "Female Body and Psyche in Manto"
6. Sangita Neogi, "Music and Violence in Holocaust Movies"
7. Arjita Bag, "Muslims as the New Jews: Reflections in Elie Wiesel's Night"
8. Ripon Sk, "Legalization of Jews' Persecution: An Althusserian Reading"
9. Supriyo Das, "From Yellow Star to Gas Chamber: The Many Faces of Dehumanization in Night and If This is a Man."
10. Amelika Das, "Mapping the Trajectory of Jewish Estrangement: A Reading of Night and The Diary of a Young Girl."
11. Neha Sarkar, "Killing Machines: A Psychosocial Reading of Holocaust Perpetrators"
Board Member of All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis.
Life Member of Muse India: The Literary eJournal.
Miyazaki Contributor in Association for Asian Studies
Member of the Midwest Popular Culture Association
Member of the Medieval Association of the Midwest
Holocaust in Popular Culture: Interpreting Trauma Across Genre, Nation, and Generation (forthcoming, 2021)
Status of Hindus in view of Jurists, Sufis and Intellectuals of Sultanate Era. by Tabish Khan, 2016.
Chapters in Book:
"Domains of Private Melancholy: The Burden of Language." Abandonment and Abjection: Melancholy in Philosophy and Art. Ed. Saitya Brata Das. Springer. 2020.
"The Game in Game of Thrones", in Game of Thrones: The Post-Apocalypse. (Vernon Press, forthcoming)
"Games as Gospels: The Enigma of Indian Boardgames", in Leaving Video Games Behind. (T&F, forthcoming)
"Echoes from the Elysium." Muse India. Issue 97. (June 2021)
"Hell hath enlarged Herself: Reading the Salem Witch Trials in Times of Corona." The Golden Line. Special Issue on Diseases, Death and Disorder. (May 2020)
“The Other Jester- Tenali Rama in Graphic Novels and Cartoon Shows.” Muse India. Issue 91 (May 2020)
"Rethinking Communism in the Age of Trump and Modi: The Bengali Film Ghya Chang Fou sets a Milestone in Cinematic History", (with Mahitosh Mandal) in Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration. (December 2019)
“Magic Realism and Symbolic Death in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away” in The Journal of Manga Studies. (forthcoming)
"An Abated Mass of Flesh." Muse India. Issue 81 (Sep- Oct 2018)
"Galaxies Far, Far Away." Muse India. Issue 77 (Jan- Feb 2018)
"Convention or Innovation: Gendering the Debate of Indian Commercials." Cinephilia. Special Issue on Advertisement
"The Digital Reproduction of Violence: Decoding Game of Thrones." Asian Quarterly. Vol. 15. Issue 4. 2017
"At the End of the Day. Translation of Jagadish Gupta’s Short Stories from Bengali to English." The Literary Voyage. Vol. III, Issue I. January- April 2016. ISSN: 2348-5272. 2016.
Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures:
"From Lady Macbeth to Bulbbul: Women Unfurling Chaos in Oikos and Polis", at AMU's UGC Online Conference, on August 19-20, 2020
"Back to the Double and Return of the Repressed: The Uncanny in Zemeckis' Science Fiction Back to the Future", at Birkbeck, University of London, on August 17, 2019
"Folklore and The Woman Question: A Gramscian Take on Thakurmar Jhuli", at Central University of Jharkhand, on Aug 20-22, 2019
"Digital Literacy in Digital India: Critiquing the Conception and Reception of SWAYAM", at University of Liberal Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug 22-23, 2019
"Linguistic Hegemony Against Indigenous Languages: The Untold (Hi)Story of Bangla", at KIIT, Odhisha, in July 2019
"Mortification of Marginality through the Politics of Language: Reading Rohith Vemula's Suicide", at Department of English, Berhampore University, Odisha, India, on Feb 8-9, 2019
"Educate, Agitate, Generate Meme: Ambedkar and the Fight Against the Internet Trolls" at CSSSC, Feb 21, 2018
"Unfit for Public Consumption: The Fate of Commericial Advertisements", at Motilal Nehru College, University of Delhi, April 2017.
"Count Dracula meets Godzilla: Reading the European and the Asian Monster", at IIAS, Shimla, June 2011
"Race, Ideology and Bangali Bhadrolok" at Banaras Hindu University, 2011
"Representation or Tokenism: Studying the Figure of Dalit Women in Hindi Cinema", at Savitribai Phule Pune University, August 2012
"The Representation of Domestic Helps in Colonial Bengal", at Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2014
"Triply Cursed: Dalit Women's Testimonials from Suburbs of the Capital" in National Conference on Dalit Art and Imagery: Depiction and Aspiration through Visual Imagery, at CSDS, Delhi, 2013
"Gandhi in Popular Culture: Projection and Reception" at Department of History, Loreto College, Kolkata, on Nov 07, 2019
"From Ganifa to UNO: The Journey of Card Games from Medieval to Contemporary India", at Central University of Jammu (2018)
"Mass Exodus of Malayalis to Saudi: A Literary Depiction", at University of Kerala, (2017)
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