Indian and World Literatures

The Department of Indian and World Literatures reflects the expansion, diversification and confluences both at the institutional level and in the dynamic disciplinary field of literary studies. The history of the department begins in December 2009, when the Department of Commonwealth Literary Studies came into being with three members of faculty, Dr T. Nageswara Rao (Professor), Dr N. Ramadevi (Professor), and Dr S. Chinnadevi (Assistant Professor). In 2010 two more Assistant Professors, Dr V. Raju Nayak and Mr Jai Singh joined the department. In October 2013, as part of an organizational restructuring exercise, the Department of Commonwealth Literary Studies was rechristened the Department of Indian and World Literatures. This development coincided with the merger of two more departments which had hitherto existed as the Department of American and Caribbean Literatures and the Department of Literary Theory and Criticism. With this merger, the faculty strength of the Department of Indian and World Literatures has gone upto nine, with one Associate Professor, Dr T. Subramanyam, and three more Assistant Professors, namely Dr Jibu Mathew George, Dr Shyam Babu and Dr Rahul Narayan Kamble joining the newly created department.

At present, the Department of Indian and World Literatures is one of the four departments that constitute the School of Literary Studies. It has nine faculty members: two Professors, one Associate Professor and six Assistant Professors:

Prof. T. Nageswara Rao
Prof. N. Rama Devi, Head of the Department and Dean, School of Literary Studies
Dr T. Subramanyam
Dr S. Chinnadevi
Dr Rahul Narayan Kamble
Dr Jibu Mathew George
Dr V. Raju Nayak
Dr Shyam Babu
Mr Jai Singh

Guidelines for foreign nationals who wish to avail themselves of the ITEC/SCAAP fellowship/scholarship are given below:

Who can apply?

In terms of its disciplinary reach, the mandate of the Department of Indian and World Literatures is one of the broadest conceivable, and encompasses both traditional and emerging areas of literary studies. The department promotes advanced studies in the theory and practice of literature and other arts produced in the Americas, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and other geographical areas which have been politically designated as the Commonwealth. At a point of time in intellectual history when literary canons undergo radical revisions, it proposes to extend and explore the literary and experiential claims of culturally less-known areas of writing, and professes an intellectual approach characterized by self-conscious openness and rigorous methodological eclecticism. This academic openness is evident in the rich variety of programmes and courses offered and supported by the department, the areas in which research is carried out and knowledge generated.

The Department offers a PhD Programme in English (Indian and World Literatures). The programme provides scholars the opportunity to pursue research in areas as diverse as classical and contemporary European writing, American, African-American and Latin American literatures and cultures, Postcolonial literatures and criticism, and other emerging literatures, available both in English and in translation. Scholars are also encouraged to pursue research in the broad field of critical humanities. The PhD Programme in English (Indian and World Literatures) is an intensive research programme with a duration of three to five years. The programme consists of one year of course work and submission of a doctoral dissertation. In the first two semesters, the participants will have to do 4 courses of 5 credits each. Two of these courses cover research methods in literary studies, and introduce the participants to advanced critical practices. The courses discuss models of literary reasoning and the dynamics of writing at the graduate level, and help scholars build conceptual frameworks and streamline their research projects. The remaining courses are designed to suit the scholar’s requirements in his/her area of research, and are decided in consultation with the supervisor. After the completion of the course work, the scholars submit a 50-page mini-thesis, which is evaluated by an advisory committee constituted to monitor the work of the scholar on a continuous basis. Once the mini-thesis is approved, the scholar is eligible to write the doctoral dissertation, which will have to be submitted within the stipulated period.

Since the inception of the department in 2009, forty nine research scholars, including one foreign national, have joined the PhD programme, out of which three have submitted their dissertations, while forty six are in progress. Twenty seven of these are men and twenty two are women participants. The department strictly follows the reservation norms laid down by Government of India. As is the case with most programmes of the University, the research scholars in the department hail from all parts of the country, thus ensuring a cosmopolitan intellectual and social ambience. This enables scholars to adapt to and learn from the cultural repertoire and values different from their own.

The faculty of the department offer several courses for the MA English Programme, which is offered under the Cafeteria system. At the departmental level, as many as eight courses of this sort are on offer every semester. The courses offered by the department (3 departments that got merged as the department of IWL in 2014) in the last six years include:

 Postcolonialism: A Theoretical Introduction
 Modernism: A Theoretical Introduction
 Feminist Theories in the World: A Critical Introduction
 Women Novelists and their Worlds (20th- and 21st-Century Women’s Fiction)
 Cosmopolitanism and Contemporary Fiction
 An Introduction to Commonwealth Literature
 Contemporary American Drama
 Post-War Political Drama
 Continental Drama
 Post-War British Drama
 Postcolonial Drama
 The Holocaust: Paradigms of Thought
 By Obstinate Isles: Introducing Modernist Fiction
 Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses
 Imagining Colored America: African Americans and Literary Representation
 Twentieth-Century American Fiction
 Twentieth-Century European Fiction in Translation
 American Renaissance
 Introduction to Psychological Thought
 American and Caribbean Literatures: An Introduction
 Childhood: Memory, Reality and Future
 Childhood: Cultures, Representations and Invasions
 African-American Women’s Writing
 American Short Stories
 Narratives of Conflict
 Theatre: The Aesthetic and Activism
 Indian Women’s Drama
 Caribbean Poetry and Fiction
 Brechtian Epic Theory and Post-Independence Modern Indian Drama
 New Historicism and Modern Indian Drama
 Theory in Context
 Introduction to Structuralism
 Fiction of Contemporary South Asian Women Writers: Beyond the Interiority of the Self
 Theatre Theory of the ‘Third World’: An Introduction
 Literature from the Margins
 An Introduction to Tribal Culture and Society
 Contemporary Theory: An Introduction
 Comparative Study of Science Fiction: Novels from India and the West
 Glimpses into the History of English Literature
 Literature of Social Concern for the Underprivileged
 Theorizing the Orient: Theory and Praxis in Indian Context

As is evident from the above list, many any of these courses are interdisciplinary, and makes use of insights, theories and approaches available from several schools of thought, and diverse cultures and disciplines. Besides the taught courses, many MA students also produce dissertations under the supervision of a teacher in their fourth semester. The provision for dissertations gives the students opportunity to engage in independent research work.

The faculty of the department has also been involved in designing and periodically revising the curriculum of the BA (Honours) Programme in English, and teaching courses on the BA Programme. The University’s BA (Honours) Programme is one of the most comprehensive in the country and covers the spectrum of humanities and social sciences. In the past, the departmental faculty have taught modules including: 1) Introduction to World Literatures; 2) Introduction to Literary Criticism; 3) Indian Writing in English 4) Emergence of Literature in English: Old and Middle English Periods; 4) Renaissance and Restoration Literatures; 5) Introduction to Drama; 6) Introduction: Texts, Contexts and Performance 7) Everyday Psychology: Theory and Practice; and 8) Communication Skills

The departmental faculty also teach in the contact sessions of programmes offered by the EFL-University in distance education mode – MA, Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of English (PGCTE) and Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of English (PGDTE) – as well as on non-formal courses such as the International Training Programme (ITP). As content writers, they also contribute to the production and periodic revision of self-instructional materials for programmes in the distance mode. The faculty have also served as subject experts for UGC-sponsored audio-visual E-Learning material produced by the Educational Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC). These programmes are available on the UGC Website, and are also broadcast by Doordarshan on the Countrywide Classroom channel sponsored by the UGC.

One of the foci of the courses is to help students connect the concepts learnt in the classroom to the practices of everyday life. The courses, and the teaching and learning processes are so designed as to understand the practical significance of humanistic knowledge, which often goes unappreciated. With its unique and multi-faceted academic praxis, the department has enabled participants effectively to amend the Roman playwright Seneca’s reproach of armchair philosophers, and assert Non scholae, sed vitae discimus (We do not study for the school, but for life).

Student choice is the cornerstone of the department’s programmes and courses. From the very start, students exercise choice and make their own decisions. The experience has been that this not only motivates and helps students perform always at their peak levels, but also diversify their interests and evolve over a period of time both personally and intellectually. Teachers are also able to offer new, interesting, research-based, and regularly updated courses, and student involvement and motivation are always high. Several courses feature workshops, talks, and lectures delivered by invited specialists and distinguished visitors on important aspects of the subjects covered. In the content and delivery of courses, the teachers emphasize discovery and critical thinking.

To ensure optimum achievement of learning outcomes, the department follows a pattern of evaluation which combines traditional and innovative assessment practices. Assessment comprises of a wide variety of modes ranging from class tests, assignments, presentations or response papers to a sit-down, open-book, or take-home examination, or a term paper.

The Department of Indian and World Literatures puts a premium on research and generation of knowledge. Two faculty members are principal investigators in projects sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Prof. T. Nageswara Rao is working on “Dialectics of Marginality and Modernity: A Case Study of Yanai Tribes of the Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh,” a Sponsored Research Project of ICSSR, under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. Similarly, Dr V. Raju Nayak has been working on a project entitled “Reconstructing Identity of the Lambada Tribes through Oral Language.” The research profile of the department is clear from the publications of the faculty and research scholars, and their participation in national and international conferences, symposia and seminars. Till date, the members of the faculty have delivered eleven keynote addresses, presented thirty six research papers in international conferences and fifty one in national conferences. The research scholars of the department are also actively encouraged to participate in conferences both in India and abroad. During the last five years, a relatively short period for a young department, they have presented twenty five research papers in international conferences, and nineteen in national conferences. The publication output of the department is also impressive. The members of the faculty have published three books (excluding one in progress), and fifty one articles in reputed national and international journals/chapters in edited volumes. The research scholars of the department have to their credit twenty six publications including journal articles and book chapters. Besides these critical writings, Dr S. Chinnadevi also published Ishq Ka Asar: Songs of Love , a collection of ghazals and songs in a blend of Hindi and Urdu, in January 2013 (Power Publishers, ISBN 9789382792000). Her poem “Nineteen Ninety-Four” also appeared in the anthology A Moment in Time, published by The National Library of Poetry, USA.

Apart from regular teaching, the department is also actively involved in the overall development of students admitted to various programmes. One of the department’s many student enrichment initiatives is the Indian and World Literatures Literary Meet, which is organized periodically. At the meet, both the students and faculty share their work and invite comments from the audience present. In Dr S. Chinnadevi, the Department has an accomplished poet, and under her nurture and guidance these literary gatherings expand the praxis of the department form the critical to the creative. Members of the faculty have also organized workshops on specific themes in literary studies. One such workshop, entitled “James Joyce and Literary Reasoning” was organized on 5 September 2013 for research scholars, for which Dr Jibu Mathew George, Assistant Professor in the department, served as the resource person. The workshop witnessed the close reading of the complex texts of the avant-garde modernist, which served as the point of departure for discussing pertinent questions in literary criticism.

The faculty of the department are not just interested in their subjects, they are equally interested in how their disciplines are taught and intellectually constituted, which explains the critical self-reflexiveness of the courses taught, and their periodic updation. They are an active part of major academic fora where insights and innovations are discussed and exchanged on a sustained basis. The faculty are members of professional organizations such as the Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies (ISCS), New Delhi; Indian Association for Canadian Studies, New Delhi; Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature, New Delhi; Forum on Contemporary Theory, Gujarat; Association for English Studies of India; Association for the Study of Esotericism (Michigan, USA); and The Literary Criterion Centre, Dhvanyaloka, Mysore.

Both the faculty and students participate in conferences and workshops organized within the country and overseas. The Department of Indian and World Literatures organized a two-day International Conference on “Postcoloniality in Transition: Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism, and Globalization” during 16-17 January 2013. Eminent postcolonial theorists and writers such as Prof. Bill Ashcroft (University of New South Wales); Dr Tabish Khair (University of Aarhus), Prof. Meena Alexander (City University of New York), Prof. Makarand Paranjape (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Prof. Rushmi D Bhatnagar (University of Pittsburgh) addressed the Conference. The Conference was attended by around one hundred and forty participants from all over the world, during which more than forty scholarly papers were presented besides five plenary talks by experts in the area of Postcolonial Studies. The Conference also featured a Round Table Discussion with Prof. Bill Ashcroft, Prof. Meena Alexander, Prof. Susie Tharu, Prof. T. Nageswara Rao, Dr Tabish Khair and Prof. Rushmi Dube Bhatnagar on the panel, with Prof. N Rama Devi as the Moderator. Another interesting feature of the Conference was the Poetry Reading Session in which poems were read out by Meena Alexander, Meena Kandasamy, Donna Potter and S. Chinnadevi.

Other eminent scholars who visited the Department include Prof. Arjun Appadurai, noted cultural theorist and anthropologist; Prof. Colin McCabe, University of Pittsburgh; Dr Alan Johnson, Idaho State University; Dr Seodial Frank Deena, East Carolina University; Prof. Craig Brandist, University of Sheffield. They gave lectures on various topics of interest and interacted with the students. During 21-22 January 2012, Prof. M. Dasan, Head, Department of Studies in English, Kannur University, Kerala, an authority on folk arts, delivered invited lectures on American, Native American and African-American Literatures.

Two members of the faculty, namely Dr N. Ramadevi and Dr S. Chinnadevi, taught for a period of three months at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD – Dresden University of Technology) as visiting fellows, on an exchange programme sponsored by Deutscher Akademisches Austausch Dienst (DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service). The programme also enabled two research scholars to spend a semester at TUD. It was a great opportunity for transcultural learning for both the faculty and students. In addition, Dr Jai Singh visited the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary for one-month research stay under Indo-Hungarian Educational Exchange Programme funded by Balassi Institute – Hungarian Scholarship Board Office and UGC; and University of Turku for three months under the Indo-Finnish Faculty Exchange Programme funded by CIMO Finland and UGC. Dr Jibu Mathew George was a research fellow at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Switzerland, with a ZJJF fellowship to work on the Joyce collection at the foundation. Two members of the faculty, Dr V. Raju Nayak and Dr Jibu Mathew George, received grants from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) to participate in conferences abroad – Barcelona, Spain; and Lerwick-Unst, UK, respectively.

Several faculty members serve on committees of the UGC and the state government. The faculty also serve as resource persons in the Orientation Programmes and Refresher courses organized by various UGC-sponsored Academic Staff Colleges. They also deliver talks in workshops and other enrichment programmes, as well as participate in Extension programmes of social and political significance. Prof. T. Nageswara Rao has served as member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), member of the Selection Committees, Academic Councils, Executive Councils, Board of Studies, and Board of Examinations of various universities. He has also delivered addresses at several institutions of teacher education. The faculty also serve on various administrative committees of the University such as the Campus Security Committee, the Purchase Committee, Anti-Ragging Committee. Dr T. Subramanyam has also discharged several inter-university obligations as examiner and member of selection committees. Being part of an institution which acts as a nodal agency for the improvement of education in the country, the faculty actively contribute to teacher training. Prof. N. Ramadevi has similarly coordinated and taught on a 21-Day Development Programme for the teachers of Navodaya Vidya Samithi, and Dr Jibu Mathew George delivered a lecture as part of the Stimulating Teachers through Advanced Training Programme (STAT), sponsored by the Government of Kerala for teachers from the state.

The strengths of the department include its research orientation, penchant for not only disseminating but also generating knowledge, and the diverse areas of academic specialization/interest on the part of the faculty. This enables the Department to offer courses and provide research supervision in a wide range of areas ranging from African-American Literature and Holocaust Studies to Contemporary Indian Theatre and Literature of the Marginalized.

The Department of Indian and World Literatures intends to introduce in near future a full-fledged Postgraduate Programme leading to an MA degree in World Literatures. The programme endeavours to bring under the rubric of literary studies the study of literatures, cultures and paradigms which are not adequately represented in university curricula, and redress the lacuna in this regard. Though the department already offers on its own the number of courses required for a program, it will also consider the feasibility of expanding the menu of courses by cross-listing across departments and schools, subject to minimum credit requirements under the Choice-Based-Credit System.

The department is interested in initiating Memoranda of Understanding with universities and other institutions of higher education in South America, Europe and East Asia, for the exchange of faculty and students. Two universities from Turkey, namely Okan University, Istanbul; and Hacettepe University, Ankara, have already expressed interest in a tie-up.

The department is also planning to undertake a UGC-SAP (Special Assistance Programme) project entitled Literature on Location. The concept Literature on Location is an ambitious and pioneering attempt at bridging cultural and geographical distances in the teaching and study of literary and related texts. The ‘exploratory’ project entitled Literature on Location aims at producing a series of exhaustively researched, academically and technically high-quality documentaries on selected areas of literary studies with on-location shoots, international expertise, and high production values. It endeavours comprehensively to engage in sound and vision the world that lies behind the composition and reception of the world’s acclaimed texts, historically, geographically and culturally contextualizing them in relevant traditions, epochs, and world views. The project aspires to bring to light and disseminate facts which are expected to redefine the way scholars, commentators, and critics understand and speak about texts, teachers teach them, students study them, and researchers grapple with their research problems. The project Literature on Location puts a premium on re-reading works and their elements as creative responses to specific socio-historical and personal ‘circumstances.’ It is expected to usher in more empirically based research, and facilitate theorizing of texts on firmly-rooted premises and verifiable data. This is expected to pave the way for greater degree of certainty and rigor in literary reasoning. On the one hand, since the project engages substantial historical, authorial, and socio-cultural questions, in as much as they impinge on creative processes, it may open up new perspectives on critical and scholarly methods themselves. On the other hand, it will provide resources, facts, and concepts for research on the authors/areas/epochs concerned, and thus give an impetus to author/area/epoch-specific studies.

The project Literature on Location is a direct implementation of one of the objectives outlined in The English and Foreign Languages University Act of 2006 as part of the mandate of the University – “to develop critical intercultural understanding of civilizations.” From the perspective of intercultural understanding of civilizations, the project envisages a comparative, analogical understanding of ideas, literatures, world views, and cultures. For instance, how can one understand the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico’s cyclical theory of history (ricorso) in the light of the concepts of Hindu cosmology such as mahamanvantara, pralaya, and kalpa? Is there a cross-cultural connection between Tri-Agni Maha Dhyan Yagna Vidya, the sacred homage of three fires, and the three sacred fires in Agamemnon’s palace in Mycenae, Greece? The documentaries will investigate such phenomena and concepts from an Indian (and Asian) hermeneutic perspective. After all, the prospective audience of the documentaries is Indian (and Asian).

The department is also planning a futuristic biennial workshop Literary Studies: Taking Stock, which intends to bring together authors, theorists, philosophers, academics, and researchers from around the world in a series of inter-disciplinary brainstorming sessions which deliberate the future course of literary research. As opposed to the concept of isolated thematically organized conferences, the workshop will endeavour towards bringing the cumulative effect of new approaches, changing paradigms, and other manifestations of expanding literary studies to bear on actual research. The project will also involve setting up a museum of Literature on Location.

In the long run, the department intends to undertake a project Works in Progress — A Project in Genetic Criticism in the Indian Context, aimed at reconstructing and analyzing the writing process that lies behind acclaimed texts. It also aims at setting up archives consisting of auctorial correspondence, manuscripts, and typescripts. Genetic approach does not content itself with one particular state of the text, as most approaches in literary studies do, but with the process by which the text came to be. The chief concern is not the ‘final’ text but the reconstruction and analysis of the writing process. Geneticists find endless richness in what Jean Bellemin-Noël calls the ‘avant-texte’: a critical gathering of the writer’s notes, sketches, drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, proofs and correspondence. Factoring in the temporal dimension of texts, Genetic Studies aspire to write the ‘biographies’ of books, and studies how the literary texts which are celebrated today actually took their present shape. In practice, it is a combination of biographical studies of writers, including the dynamic cognitive processes involved in writing, textual criticism and intertextual studies (influences and hypertexts). It is interested in the chronology of writing, and looks at the successive states of a book – alterations, exclusions, interpolations and approximations.

The Department is also in the process of planning summer schools in specific research area for the benefit of the research community in the country at large and for those working in those specific areas.

Professor Dr. N. Rama Devi

Education

MA.,MPhil.,PhD (Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur

Contact Details

Telephone:  9396633587/9346633587
Email: nramadevieflu@gmail.com , ramadevi@efluniversity.ac.in

Teaching

At EFLU – 8 years and 7 months (since 6 July 2006 till to-date)

At Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur - 18 years and 9 months ( 17-09-1987 – 05-07-2006)

Postgraduate(MA) Courses Undergraduate courses

 

Introduction to Commonwealth Literature

Reading Skills (ITP)

Writings of South Asian Diaspora

Writing Skills (ITP)

Introduction to Postcolonial Theory and Fiction

Listening Skills ( (ITP)

Introduction to Postmodern Theory and Fiction

Teaching Language through Literature

Cosmopolitanism and Contemporary Fiction

(B Ed and PGDTE))

Women’s Writings and their Worlds

Teaching Literature (PGDTE)

Twentieth Century European Fiction in Translation

 

Research Interests

Areas of Specialization/Interest: Contemporary Literary Theory, British Fiction, modern Fiction, New Literatures, American Literature, African American Literature, Women’s Writing.

Titles of Courses Designed/Taught/Offered as Reading Courses on the PhDprogramme:

1. Contemporary Critical Approaches

2. Research Methodology

3. Narratology and Narrative Fiction

4. Ecocritical Reading of Select Postcolonial Texts

5. Orphan Literature

6. Afghan Women’s Writing

7. Australian Aboriginal Writing and Cosmopolitanism: A Legal Perspective

8. Arab American Women Writers

9. Ben Okri’s Fiction and Magic Realism

10. Animal Studies and Postcolonial Context

Research Supervision:

Awarded

MPhil – 11

PhD – 09

Submitted

PhD - 2

Currently Supervising

PhD – 6

Publications

a. The Novels of VS Naipaul: Quest for Order and Identity (Prestige Books, ISBN81-85218-006-4

b. 18 papers (Referreed publications)

c. 02 Audio Visual Lessons on “James N’gugi and Decolonising the Mind” Produced by the EMMRC, EFL

d. Content Wrtier on the MA (Distance Mode) Programme of SK University, Anantapur- 25 Units

e. Content Writer on the MA (Distance Mode) Programme of EFLU, Hyderabad – 04 Units,/

Awards and Memberships

a. Awarded the Vsagiri Kamalamma Memorial Prize for standing FIRST in MA at SK University, Anantapur for the year 1984

1. Faculty Exchange Programmes / Travel Abroad: Was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of British and American Studies, Technische Universitat, Dresden, Germany, under the DAAD Schedule (May - July 2010) and offered TWO Courses – 1. Postcolonial Theory and Practice and 2. Historical Perspectives on Indian Culture and Religions

b. Membership in ntellectual Bodies:

1. Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies , New Delhi

2. Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Hyderabad

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

Talks/Guest Lectures/Key-Note Addresses Delivered/Organized

 Chief Co-ordinator- International Conference on “Postcoloniality in Transition: Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism, and Globalization” 0n 16-17 January 2013 at EFLU, Hyderabad

 C-Ordinator - National Seminar on “Paradigms of Society in Indian Women’s Writing” in April 2001at SK University, Anantapur

 Moderator- Round Table Panel Discussion on “Re-positioning the Postcolonial: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics at the International Conference on “Postcoloniality in Transition” held at EFLU in Jan 2013

Sessions chaired at national International Seminars/Conferences

 Chaired 04 sessions at national and international conferences and workshops

Training Sessions/ Workshops Conducted/Taught On

 Resource Persons’ Course, CIEFL, 2006

 Allahabad ELTI Staff training, CIEFL, 2006

 Teachers’ Enrichment Programme for APSWREIS, at CIEFL, 2007

 Teachers’ Enrichment Programme’ for RPs of SCERT, Raipur, 2007

 UGC Refresher Course, S K University, Anantapur, 2006

 Teacher Training for Navodaya Vidya Samithi, 2007

 Contact Programme for MPhil & PhD, BRAOU, Hyderabad

Other interests

Participation in Academic and Administrative Bodies:

University Committees/Boards/Schools/Departments

 Dean, School of Literary Studies (since 01.01.2015)

 Head, Dept of IWL, EFLU(since 01.12.2011)

 Member, Academic Council, EFLU,/

 Chairperson, DRC, Dept of IWL

 Member, Grievances Committee, EFLU

 Member, Monitory and Planing Board, SSSIHL, Prasanthinilayam

 Member, Selection Committees for the posts of Asst Professors at VK Vidyalaya, Varanasi, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, for the posts of Guest PGTs at RGUKT, Hyderabad, & for the CAS promotions,at SSSIHL, Prasanthinilayam

Consultancy

a. Set t Ph D Admission Test Question Paper for Vemana University, Kadapa (Twice) and EFLU (Thrice)

b. Resource Person on the BRAOU Live TV Programme on “Recent Trends in Indian Writing in English”

c. Adjudicator of several PhD dissertations from BRAOU, Hyderabad, BHU - Varanasi,Purvanchal Univ. - Jaunpur, SV University, Tirupati

d. Paper Setter – for MA and PhD Courses and PhD Admission Tests at other Universities like SV university, SK university, Vemana University, BRAOU etc.

e. Co-ordinator, PhD Admission Test, Dept of IWL, EFLU

f. Currently editing a Collection of Essays , the Proceedings of an International Conference held at EFLU

Professor Dr. T. Nageswara Rao

Education

Ph.D. (Strathclyde, U.K.)

Contact Details

Telephone:  09618022752
Email: tnreflu@gmail.com

Biography

I did my Doctoral study at Strathclyde University in Glasgow on Canadian Modern Poetry.

My book Inviolable Air:Canadian Poetic Modernism in Perspective is well-received in Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, and Italy. I was given Faculty Enrichment Award by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute to visit Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I am completing a Sponsored Research Project given by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Fifteen Research Scholars successfully finished their Doctoral research under my supervion on Indian, Canadian, Caribbean, Australian and African Literatures.

Teaching

I taught from 1984 to 1994 at the Unversity of Hyderabad (HCU), from 1994 to 2008 at the University of Mysore. I have been teaching at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad from 2008 to date.

Research Interests

My research interests include Literary Theory, Modern and Contemporary British Literature, Postcolonial, Dalit and Adivasi Literatures.

Publications

Inviolable Air: Canadian Poetic Modernism in Perspective and a few articles available in the University of Toronto Quarterly on line

Awards and Memberships

Faculty Enrichment Award given by Canadian Government through Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

More than fifty Conferences, many key-note addresses, invited talks and resource person for many Refresher Courses.

Other interests

Photography, playing snooker

Associate Professor Dr. Thoty Subramanyam

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Assistant Professor Dr. S. Chinna Devi

Education

BA English (Goa University)
MA & PhD (Sri Krishnadevaraya University)
PGCTE & PGDTE (CIEFL)

Contact Details

Telephone: 9848426486
Email: chinnadevi@efluniversity.ac.in

Biography

I did much of my schooling at Fatima Convent High School, Margao, Goa and my HSSC and BA from Chowgule College, Goa. I did my MA and PhD from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

Teaching

• Joined EFL University in the year 2002.

• Was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of British and American Studies, Technische Universitat, Dresden, Germany, under the DAAD Schedule (May - July 2010)

Research Interests

Research Interests

Postcolonial Theory and Fiction, Postmodern Theory and Fiction, Contemporary Literary Theory, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, Narratology, Feminism, Indian Writing in English, Travel writing, Telugu/Hindi/Urdu Poetry, Literatures from West Asia, Holocaust Studies, War Fiction, Translation and Creative Writing

Research Suervision (PhD):

1 Submitted and 5 in progress

Courses Offered/Taught

Contemporary Critical Approaches; Research Methodology; Introduction to Commonwealth Literatures; Literatures from West Asia; Sri Lankan Fiction in English; Introduction to Postcolonial Theory; Introduction to Indian Writing in English; Understanding Sexuality: Freud, Lacan and Kristeva; Introduction to Postcolonial Theory and Fiction; Introduction to Postmodern Theory and Fiction; Introduction to Indian Writing in English; South Asian Women Writers; Cosmopolitanism and Contemporary Fiction; Women Writers and their Worlds; Phonetics and Spoken English (PGCTE); Phonetics (PGDTE); Glimpses of India (at TU, Dresden); Reading India (at TU, Dresden); Communicative English (Poetry) (BA); Applied Phonetics (B.Ed.); Speaking (Skill )(ITP) Reading (Skill)(ITP); Listening (Skill)(ITP); Vocabulary (Consultancy) Oral Skills (Proficiency Course in English); Phonetics (ITP); Practice Teaching (PGDTE); Peer Teaching (PGDTE); Corporate English (Consultancy)

Publications

• “Connotations of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner” in The Criterion an international journal) ISSN 09768165

• “The God of Small Things: Arundhati Roy’s ‘Made in India’ Booker-boiler” for a critical anthology titled Postliberalization Indian Novels in English: Politics of Global Reception and Awards published in April 2013. (Anthem Press, ISBN 9780857285645)

• “Celebration of Colonial Practices in Shakespeare’s The Tempest” will appear in a critical anthology on Shakespeare (communicated)

• Published Ishq Ka Asar: Songs of Love (a collection of ghazals and songs in a blend of Hindi and Urdu) in January 2013 (Power Publishers, ISBN 9789382792000). The book was launched by the Honourable Vice Chancellor, Prof. E. Suresh Kumar

• * My poem “Nineteen Ninety-Four” appears in the anthology, A Moment in Time published by The National Library of Poetry, USA

Awards and Memberships

 Vasagiri Kamalamma Memorial Prize for Standing FIRST in MA (1995)

 English Subject Prize for scoring highest in BA (1993)

 University first in PhD Entrance Test, SK University, 1997

 Lifetime member of Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies , New Delhi

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

• Co-Convenor, International Conference on “Postcoloniality in Transition: Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism, and Globalization” in January 2013 at EFLU, Hyderabad

Other interests

I write poetry in English and Hindi

Assistant Professor Mr. V. Raju Naik

Education

BA, MHRAM, Kakatiya University
MA., B.Ed CIEFL
PhD EFL- University

Contact Details

Telephone:  9492531789
Email: raju@efluniversity.ac.in

Biography

I studied at Kakatiya University, Warangal Completed my PhD in Literature

Teaching

6 years

Research Interests

Subaltern Studies, Literatures of the Marginalized, Dalit Studies, Oral Literatures and Tribal Literatures

Publications

02 chapters in books (national)

01 paper (international)

04 papers (national)

01 (article in a newspaper)

Awards and Memberships

Associate member of IIAS Shimla

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

06 papers (national)

02 papers (international)

Assistant Professor Mr. Jibu Mathew George

Education

BA English (Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
MA English, MA Philosophy and Religion (Madurai Kamaraj University)
MSc Applied Psychology (Annamalai University)
MA Political Science (Karnataka State Open University)
PhD English Literature (The English and Foreign Languages University)
Advanced Diploma in German (The English and Foreign Languages University)
Junior Diploma in French (Osmania

Contact Details

Telephone:  91-9849706932
Email: jibugeorge@efluniversity.ac.in ,jmgeorgev@gmail.com

Biography

I hold MA degrees in English Literature, Philosophy and Religion, and Political Science, an MSc degree in Applied Psychology, a PhD in English Literature, an Advanced Diploma in German and a Junior Diploma in French.

I was a Research Fellow at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland during July-August 2008. I received the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for studies at TUD (Technische Universität Dresden – Dresden University of Technology), Germany. I was also awarded a Travel Grant by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) to Participate in the Conference on Folk Beliefs and Traditions of the Supernatural held at Lerwick-Unst, Shetland, United Kingdom.

I have been an Assistant Professor at EFL-U since November 2009, and have served as Deputy Coordinator for the BA Honours Programme since June 2010.

I was subject expert and script writer for eleven units of UGC-sponsored audio-visual E-Learning material produced by Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC). I was also editor and content writer for MA (Distance Mode) self-instructional materials.

Teaching

I have a total teaching experience of 11 years and 6 months (5 years and 6 months in higher education; 6 years at intermediate and high school levels)

Research Interests

James Joyce Studies, Modernist Fiction, Holocaust Studies, Twentieth-Century American Fiction, Twentieth-Century European Fiction in Translation, Twentieth-Century Literary Theory, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art, Comparative Religion, Mythology and Folklore, Narratology, Life Span Psychology, Thanatology, History and Historiography

MPhil degrees awarded under my supervision: 3

PhD scholars currently under sole supervision: 8

Co-supervision: 2

Publications

BOOKS

The Ontology of Gods: An Account of Enchantment, Disenchantment, and Re-Enchantment. Foreword by Mathew John. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Ulysses Quotīdiānus: James Joyce’s Inverse Histories of the Everyday. Foreword by Anne Fogarty. Preface by Matthew Creasy. Introduction by Geert Lernout. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

The Human, the Human World, and How We Understand Its Artefacts: Philosophical Reflections on the Humanities, with Focus on Contemporary Literary Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming)

WORK IN PROGRESS

De Natura Fidei: Rethinking Religion across Disciplinary Boundaries (Edited Volume)

JOURNAL ARTICLES/CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES

“Ce qui arrive (réellement): The Curious Relationship of the Word and the World, Against a Background of Discussing Deconstruction with Many Caveats.” Structure and Signs of Play: Derrida/Deconstruction@50. Ed. Pramod K. Nayar. Mumbai: IRIS Knowledge Foundation, 2017. 36-46.

“James Joyce and the ‘Strolling Mort’: Significations of Death in Ulysses.” Mortality: Promoting the Interdisciplinary Study of Death and Dying 22.1 (2017): 60-74. (Routledge/University of Bath). DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2016.1204276.

“Cognition in the Enchanted Age: A Gamut Theory of Religious Belief.” Proceedings of the UK/BRIC Network International Conference on the Sociology of Religion in a Pluralistic Society. Ed. Ruby Sain. Springer. (In Press)

“Philosophy of Literature/History Looks at the Danzig Trilogy.” Twentieth Century German Fiction: An Interdisciplinary Evaluation. Ed. Latha Thampi. Thiruvananthapuram: Goethe-Zentrum & Bodhi Tree. (In Press)

“Günter Grass and the Delicate Episteme of Literature.” Revisiting Günter Grass: Voices from India and Germany. Ed. Vibha Surana and Meher Bhoot. Mumbai: Mumbai University Press, 2017. 54-67.

“Religious and Fictional Narratives: An Ontological Comparison with Reference to Weber’s ‘Disenchantment of the World.’” International Journal of Philosophy and Social Sciences 6.1 (2016): 1-10.

“Euhemerus, Vico, Bultmann, Freud . . .: Weber’s ‘Disenchantment’ and Naturalization of the Supernatural.” The English and Foreign Languages Journal 7.2 (2016): 65-79.

“How Enchanted Was the Medieval World?: Retrospective Philosophical Reflections on Religious Belief.” Littcrit: An Indian Response to Literature 42.2 (2016): 10-26.

“The Great War and the Course of Civilizations: Reading Oswald Spengler’s The Decline of the West.” World War I Revisited. Perspectives and Resonances: Essays from the Centennial Seminar on World War I. Ed. Sanjay Kumar. Hyderabad: EFL University Press, 2016. 25-45.

“Facts, Frames, and Research: Fundamentals concerning the Nature of Knowledge in the Humanities.” The English and Foreign Languages Journal 7.1 (2016): 1-12.

“Multiple Temporalities: The Aesthetics and Politics of Time in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.” South Asian Review 37.2 (2016): 97-108.

“The Spirits of James Joyce’s ‘Disenchanted’ World: Supernatural the Avant-Garde Way.” Supernatural in Literature and Film. Ed. Aparajita Hazra. Copenhagen: Beewolf Press. (In Press)

“Stories of Adults Told through Children: The Case of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.” Postcoloniality in Transition: Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism, and Globalization. Ed. N. Ramadevi. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. (In Press)

“Might the World Have Ever Been Enchanted?: A Hypothesis concerning the Nature of Religious Belief.” Journal of Contemporary Thought 41 (Winter 2015): 35-72.

“Rethinking the Definition of a Classic: A Milestone Approach to James Joyce’s Ulysses.” Forum for World Literature Studies 7.4 (2015): 548-567.

“The Discourse on the Human in Philosophical Retrospect.” Humanities Circle 3.2 (2015; The Anthropocene and the Human Sciences). 37-59.

“Democracy, Higher Education, and the Knowledge Question in the Humanities.” Humanities Circle 3.1 (2015; Democracy and Its Discontents). 95-115. To be re- published upon editorial request in The Many Guises of Democracy. Ed. Prasad Pannian. London: Routledge.

“Is Theory Dispensable? The Nature of Literary Reasoning.” Facets of Literary Theory. Ed. R. Subramony, et al. Madurai: Department of English, Madura College, 2015. 241-251. “Children: James Joyce’s Avant-Garde Concern.” Approaches to Childhood. Ed. Rahul Kamble and Oindri Roy. New Delhi: Author Press, 2015. 147-176.

“Impish Joyce on the Not-So-‘Great’ War.” Epitome: International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 1.3 (2015). 1-15.

“The Hermeneutics of Suspicion: The Paradigm, the Text, the World, and Ourselves.” Journal of Contemporary Thought 40 (Winter 2014): 125-142.

“‘Err’menenutic of the ‘Word’ and the ‘World’: Categorizing/Interpreting Errors in James Joyce’s Ulysses.” The English and Foreign Languages Journal 5.2 (2014): 59-79.

“Joyce à la Braudel: The Long-Temporality of Ulysses.” Kronoscope: Journal for the Study of Time 13.1 (2013): 7-27. (Brill)

“Further Explorations in the Philosophy of the Other in Relation to Extreme Experience.” Indian Philosophical Quarterly 37.1-4 (2010):109-131.

In Process/Forthcoming:

“Reasoning about God(s): Meta-Reflections on Limitations, Possibilities, Assumptions, and Implications”

“Rudiments of a Singularity-Philosophy of Religion”

“Art à la the Occult: The Literary Esotericism of James Joyce’s Ulysses”

“Meaning of Objects in a Naturalistic Lebenswelt”

Creative Writing:

“Elegy Written upon the Disenchantment of the World,” Literature & Aesthetics: The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics 26 (2016): 103-104.

Awards and Memberships

Member, Association for the Study of Esotericism

Member, Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies

Member, Curriculum Revision Committee, B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad

Member, Editorial Board, EFL Journal

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

PLENARY LECTURES/INVITED TALKS

Invited scholar, “Literary Theory: An Introduction – Jibu Mathew George, in Conversation with Vinod Verma,” Centre for Performing Arts and Cultural Studies, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, 23 November 2016

Invited lecture entitled “‘Keeping the Professors Busy’: James Joyce and Contemporary Critical Debates,” University of Delhi, 21 November 2016

Invited lecture entitled “Enchantment, Disenchantment, and Re-Enchantment of the World: Rethinking the Weberian Trajectory of Religion,” University of Delhi, 18 November 2016

Invited lecture entitled “Philosophy Looks at the Why and How of Literary Studies,” University of Delhi, 17 November 2016

Invited lecture entitled “The Word and the World: Deconstruction in the History of Ideas,” Structures and Signs of Play: Derrida/Deconstruction at 60 – A Symposium. University of Hyderabad, 10 November 2016.

Plenary lecture entitled “William Shakespeare and the Critical Predicaments of Our Time,” University Grants Commission-sponsored Two-Day National Seminar on “Shakespeare in the New Millennium,” Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, 15-16 April 2016

Plenary lecture entitled “Innovation in the Humanities: Reflections in the Institutional Context,” University Grants Commission-sponsored One-Day National Seminar on “Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation,” Aditanar College, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, 27 February 2016

Plenary lecture entitled “Genetic Criticism and the Ontology of Texts,” Two-Day National Seminar on “The Literature Classroom after Theory: Visions and Revisions,” Aditanar College, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, 26 February 2016

Plenary lecture entitled “Literary Criticism and the Hermeneutic Tradition,” Two-Day National Seminar on “The Literature Classroom after Theory: Visions and Revisions,” Aditanar College, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, 26 February 2016

Pleanary lecture entitled “The German Philosophical Tradition, Historical Contexts, and Literary Imagination,” Appreciating Twentieth-Century German Fiction: An Interactive Interdisciplinary Workshop, organized by Goethe Zentrum and E-Prof, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 29 January 2016

Dr P.K. Rajan Memorial Lecture entitled “Disenchanted Religion and Re-Enchanting Imagination: Tracing a Cultural Trajectory,” University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 29 January 2016

Dr Ayyappa Panicker Memorial Lecture entitled “The Quotidian Intellect: Literature, Philosophy, and Everyday Life,” Nair Service Society College, Pandalam, Kerala, 28 January 2016

Invited lecture entitled “Literary Theory and the Philosophy of Literature,” Lecture Series on “Recent Trends in Literary Theory,” Nair Service Society Hindu College, Changanacherry, Kerala, 28 January 2016

Plenary lecture entitled “The Humanities – An Ugly Duckling among Alma Mater’s Pets,” National Seminar on “Literature at the Crossroads: Millennial Challenges,” St Aloysius College, Mangalore, 1 December 2015

Invited lecture entitled “Everyday Cognitions in Our Age,” Aurora Degree and P.G. College, Hyderabad, 19 November 2015

Invited lecture entitled “Concepts of Literature,” Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad, 4 November 2015

Invited lecture entitled “‘In a Style of Scrupulous Meanness’: James Joyce’s Shorter Fiction,” Two-Day Workshop on “Short Stories: Possibilities of Research and Creativity,” EFL-University, Hyderabad, 20-21 August 2015

Invited lecture entitled “Facts beyond Frames: Knowledge in an ‘Atheoretical’ Cosmos,” University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 21 July 2015

Invited lecture entitled “James Joyce and Modernism,” Institute of English, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 30 June 2015

Invited lecture entitled “Joco-Serious Joyce and the Great War,” at “World War I: A Centenary Symposium,” University of Hyderabad, 15 September 2014

Plenary lecture entitled “Is Theory Indispensable?: The Nature of Literary Reasoning,” University Grants Commission-sponsored National Seminar on “Facets of Literary Theory,” Madura [sic] College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, 18-19 March 2015

Panelist, “The Relevance of Theory in the Everyday Classroom Scenario,” University Grants Commission-sponsored National Seminar on “Facets of Literary Theory,” Madura [sic] College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, 19 March 2015

Invited lecture entitled “Creating Knowledge in the Humanities,” Two-Day Workshop on “Recent Trends in Critical Thinking and Research Methodology,” EFL-University, Hyderabad, 12-13 March 2015

Two invited lectures, “Introduction to Holocaust Studies” and “The Question of Difficulty in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” as part of the University Grants Commission-sponsored Refresher Courses at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 11 July 2014

Invited lecture entitled “Phenomenology of the Other in Relation to Extreme Experience,” at the One-Day Symposium “Tortuous Memories: Abu Ghraib@10,” University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 24 February 2014

Resource Person, one-day research workshop “James Joyce and Literary Reasoning,” EFL- University, Hyderabad, 5 September 2013

Invited lecture entitled “Teaching Certain Less-Taught Texts of Fiction: The Case of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” Stimulating Teachers through Advanced Training (STAT) Programme, sponsored by Government of Kerala, EFL-University, Hyderabad, 10 March 2011

RESEARCH PAPERS PRESENTED/PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES

“Naturalized Gods: The Ontology of Religious Ideation,” International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, Imperial College London, 17- 18 April 2017

“Cognition in the Enchanted Age: A Gamut Theory of Religious Belief,” UK/BRIC Network International Conference on “The Sociology of Religion in a Pluralistic Society,” organised by Jadavpur University in collaboration with Lancaster University, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 7-9 April 2016

“Günter Grass and the Delicate Episteme of Literature,” Two-Day National Symposium “Günter Grass: A Retrospect,” organized by Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and University of Mumbai, Mumbai, 16 October 2015

“Philosophy of Literature Looks at the Danzig Trilogy,” at “Günter Grass: A Commemorative Colloquium,” organized by the Department of German, EFL-University, Hyderabad, 30 April 2015

“The Great War and the Course of Civilizations: Reading Oswald Spengler’s The Decline of the West,” at “World War I: A Centenary Seminar,” organized by the Department of Francophone Studies, EFL-University, Hyderabad, 17 November 2014

“The Spirits of James Joyce’s Disenchanted World: Supernatural the Avant-Garde Way,” Conference on Folk Beliefs and Traditions of the Supernatural, organized jointly by Island Dynamics (Copenhagen), Folklore Society (London), Nanzan University (Japan), Department of Folklore Studies, Indiana University (USA), at Lerwick-Unst, Shetland, UK, 25-31 March 2014

“Art à la the Occult: The Literary Esotericism of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) Conference on “Esotericism, Religion and Culture,” University of California-Davis, 19-22 July 2012

“Joyce à la Braudel: The Long-Temporality of Ulysses,” Conference on “Time’s Excesses and Eccentricities in Music, Literature and Art,” organized by Equipe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la Grande-Bretagne l’Irlande et l’Amérique du nord (ERIBIA), International Society for Study of Time, and Université de Caen Basse-Normandie at Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen, France, 27-28 May 2011

“Stories of Adults Told through Children: The Case of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things,” All India English Teachers’ Conference at JKC College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, 10-12 January 2011

“The Aesthetics and Politics of Time in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things,” International Conference on “New Literatures: Re-Forming Modern Sensibility,” organized by Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies and Kakatiya University at Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, 16-18 December 2010

“‘Err’menenutic of the ‘Word’ and the ‘World’: Categorizing/Interpreting Errors in Ulysses,” James Joyce Annual International Workshop (“errears and erroriboose”) at the Zürich James Joyce Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland, 3-9 August 2008

“Ennoblement of the Mock-Heroic: Ordinary Life in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” at Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, 3 June 2008

Participated in the International James Joyce Research Colloquium, organized by the UCD- James Joyce Research Centre at University College Dublin, Ireland, 16-19 April 2008

Delivered a talk entitled “Joco-Serious Joyce and the Great War,” at “World War I: A Centenary Symposium,” University of Hyderabad, 15 September 2014

SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND GRANTS

Visiting Fellow, University of Delhi, 2016

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Travel Grant, 2014

Zürich James Joyce Foundation Fellowship, 2008

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for studies at Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden University of Technology), Germany, 2008

University College Dublin Scholarship to participate in the James Joyce Research Colloquium, 2008

University Grants Commission (UGC)-Senior Research Fellowship, 2007-09

University Grants Commission (UGC)-Junior Research Fellowship, 2004-07

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES/COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

Coordinator, Theory/Praxis Programme, Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda, 2017

Consultant, Curriculum Planning (Courses in Philosophy and Literature), Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad

Member, Curriculum Revision Committee, Dr B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad Subject Expert and Script Writer, University Grants Commission-sponsored audio-visual e- learning modules produced by the Educational Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC)

Coordinator, Committee for Textbook Production – Board of Intermediate Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Coordinating editor, The English and Foreign Languages Journal (Literature) Member, Board of Reviewers, Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures and Cultures

Editorial Consultant, Humanities Circle: International Journal of Central University of Kerala

Member, Advisory Board, Epitome: International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Reviewer, Maulana Azad Journal of English Language and Literature Pre-Publication Reviewer, Orient Blackswan

Coordinator, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme, September 2014-January 2016

Deputy Coordinator, Integrated Master of Arts Programme and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme, June 2010-September 2014

Editor and Content Writer, Self-Instructional Materials for the Master of Arts Programme in the Distance Mode, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS SUPERVISED

“The Fictional Ontology of Vampires and Zombies in a Disenchanted World: A Study of Selected Works by Stephenie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, and Max Brooks” by Gargi Bendre

“Corporeal Refractions: Narrating the Visually Impaired Subject in Selected Writings by Jorge Luis Borges, John Hull, and Stephen Kuusisto” by Aravinda Bhat

“The Aesthetics of Spatio-Temporal Disturbance: A Study of Kurt Vonnegut’s Selected Fiction” by Paulami Guha Biswas

“The ‘True Lies’ of Historical Imagination: Counterfactual Resonances in the Fiction of Julian Barnes and Salman Rushdie” by Sunil Kumar

“Intertextuality in the Series-Novel Genre: The Case of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales” by Bheeemrao

“Black ‘Words’ in White ‘Space’: Convention, Mediation, and the Implied Reader of 19th Century African American Women’s Slave Narratives” by Sankar Ooomadurai

MASTER OF ARTS DISSERTATIONS SUPERVISED

“Historicizing Henri Bergson’s Élan Vital” by Jithin Johnson, 2017

“Evolution and Story Telling: A Darwinian Approach to Literature” by Arya Mohan, 2017

“Intra-Regional Dynamics in North-East India: A Study of Select Non-Fiction” by Debashree Das, 2017

“The Metaphysical System of Confucianism: A Study of the Analects” by Femi Selvanose, 2016

“The Insane Outsider: A Study of Madness in Dostoevsky” by Ritika Verma, 2016

“Memory and Madness in Allen Ginsburg’s Howl: A Genetic Study” by Kalyani Rajendran, 2016

“The Holy Grail in Popular Culture” by Roshni Shree, 2015

“Symbiotic Realities between Science and Literature: A Disquisition on Louis Zukofsky’s A” by Salome Inamdar, 2015

“The Sociology of Ritual Violence in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies” by Gopika Padmakumar, 2015

“Re-Appropriating Chinese History: Postcolonial Historiography in Chinese-American Fiction” by Niranjana Marian George, 2015

“Historicizing Guilt in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace” by Roshin T. Roy, 2015

“The Psychology of Language in Samuel Beckett’s Murphy and Watt: Disillusionment or Disorder?” by Sayani Banerjee, 2014

“Hypertextuality in Terry Pratchett’s Book Wyrd Sisters from the Discworld Series” by Anne Mary George, 2014

“The City of London in Mrs Dalloway and The End of the Affair: A Geocritical Comparison” by Anfal Mooliyathodi, 2014

“Narrative Inflections in Alex Haley’s Roots” by A. Aathira, 2014

“Death in Flannery O’Connor’s Selected Works” by Sharon Rose, 2014

“Gertrude Stein and the Reactionary Politics of Modernism” by Amrita Chatterjee, 2013

“Milan Kundera and the Seriocomic” by Devaleena Kundu, 2013

“Treatment of Love in Janette Oke’s Selected Novels” by Sayyed Ali Mirenayat, 2012

“The Female Protagonist in Margaret Atwood’s Novels” by Elaheh Soofastaei, 2012

“Temporal Transitions: in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography – A Comparative Study” by Shravasti Chakravarty, 2012

“Literary Criticism in James Joyce’s Ulysses” by Abdulazeez Hasan Muhi, 2012

“The Theme of Exile in Naguib Mahfouz’s The Beggar” by Mohammed Hammed Solimun, 2011

“The Concept of Family in Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Wisam Hameed Latif, 2011

“The Theme of Alienation in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” by Sohaib Abdulkareem Mohamed Ali, 2011

COURSES OFFERED

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy Programmes:

Mythology and Myth Criticism
Understanding Myths: A Survey of Approaches
Philosophies of History and Historiography
Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
Philosophy of Literature: An Introduction
The Fantastic: Theory and Practice
Theories of Fictionality
Responses to the Holocaust: Theoretical Perspectives
Introduction to Narratology
Essentials of Life Span Psychology
The Functions of Myth and Literary Intertextuality
Intertextuality: Theory and Practice
Art and Ideology
Literary Theory: Essentials of Political Criticism
African-American History and Culture
Modernism: Aesthetics and Politics
Introduction to Trauma Studies
Eco-Criticism: Theory and Practice
Esoteric Traditions of the West
Research Methodology
Contemporary Critical Approaches

Master of Arts Programme:

Enchantment/Disenchantment: Disciplines Look at the Supernatural
The Holocaust: Paradigms of Thought
Introduction to Psychological Thought
Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses
“By Obstinate Isles”: Introducing Modernist Fiction
Twentieth-Century European Fiction in Translation
Twentieth-Century American Fiction
American Renaissance
Imagining Colored America: African Americans and Literary Representation

Bachelor of Arts Programme:

Introduction to World Literatures
Introduction to Literary Criticism
Everyday Psychology: Theory and Practice
Psychology, Literature, and Everyday Life
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Literature II: Prose

AREAS OF RESEARCH

Philosophy and History of Religion
Mythology and Folklore
Continental Philosophy
Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
Philosophy of Literature
European Cultural History
James Joyce
Modernism
Twentieth-Century Literary Theory
Narratology
Twentieth-Century European Fiction in Translation
Life Span Psychology
Holocaust Studies
Historiography and Micro-History
The Quotidian
Meta-Questions in the Humanities

Other interests

World cinema, travel, archaeology

Assistant Professor Mr. Jai Singh

Education

PhD

Contact Details

Telephone:  08897048598/ 09416109817
Email: jai_singh_1974@yahoomail.com ,jai@efluniversity.ac.in

Biography

I studied at RKSD College Kaithal, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, IIT Roorkee

M Phil on Culture and Hegemony: A Study of Orientalism Completing my PhD in Positioning Orientalism in the Novels of Amitav Ghosh

I was a visiting research scholar in

• The Department of Gender Studies, The Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

• The Department of English, University of Turku, Finland

I worked as Assistant Professor in English at

• CISKMV (PG) College FatehpurPundriKaithal Haryana

• ChaudhriDevilal University Sirsa Haryana

Teaching

• CISKMV (PG) College FatehpurPundriKaithal Haryana.5 years. 2003 to 2006 and 2008

• ChaudhriDevilal University Sirsa Haryana.1year. 2007.

• Department of Commonwealth Literary Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad. 5 years.

• Department of Gender Studies, The Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. One Month in 2011.

• The Department of English, University of Turku, Finland.Five Months in 2014.

Research Interests

Contemporary Theory, Postcolonial theory and literature, Indian writing in English, Feminism, Cultural Studies, Orientalism, and Indian aesthetics.

Publications

Papers Published

1. Singh, Jai. “LITERATURE OF (NOT) THEIR OWN: A STUDY OF SHAME”. (79-93) Atilim Social Sciences Journal.Volume 1 No. 2 November 2011.

2. Singh, Jai. “MARGINALZATION OF WOMEN’S DISCOURSES BY MUTATION OF SOCIO-LINGUISTIC GENES” (71-100) Voices From the Margin in World English Literature. Eds. Dr B S Dahiya and Resham Sharma.Shanti Parkashan: Rohtak, 2012.

3. Singh, Jai. “The Glass Palace as a Postcolonial Text” (14-25) Postcolonial Deliberations. Ed. Dr. RohitPhutela. Vijayjyoti: Jalandhar, 2012.

4. Singh, Jai. “Contemporary Theory in the Postcolonial Third World” (51-59) The Aesthetica: A peer Reviewed Journal of English Language and Literature. Vol 1. Issue 1 Autumn 2012.

5. Singh, Jai. “Colonial Machinery's Marginalization of Indian Women’s Discourses by Mutation of Socio-Linguistic Genes” (1-26) KEMANUSIAAN The Asian Journal of Humanities. Volume 20, No. 1, 2013.

6. Singh, Jai. "Cultural Hegemony and Indian Writing in English" Indian Contours ed. RohitPhutela. Jalandhar: Uttam Printing Press, 2012. Print. 13-20.

Awards and Memberships

• MHRD fellowship at IIT Roorkee

• Attended the Summer School on “Conceptual Universe of the Mahabharata” held at Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla during 12-26 June 2011.

• Visited Central European University, Hungary for one month Research Stay under Indo-Hungarian Educational Exchange Program 2011 in November-December, 2011, funded by Balassi Institute - Hungarian Scholarship Board Office and UGC India.

• Associate at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Shimla, India 1 May 2013- 31 May 2013.

• Visited University of Turku, Finland for three months under Indo-Finnish Faculty Exchange Program funded by UGC India and CIMO Finland.

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

1. Psycho- technological Dimension of Literary Criticism: Literature as Technology presented in U G C Sponsored National Conference on Contemporary Literary Theory in English and Hindi Literature organized by D A V College for Girls, Yamunanagar(Haryana) from 28th Feb. to 2nd March 2007.

2. Gender Bias and Violence against Women: Role of Various discourses presented in U G C Sponsored National Conference on Human Rights in the Context of Rural Women organized by ChaudhriIshwar Singh KanyaMahavidyala (Fatehpur) Pundri, Kaithal (Haryana) on November20, 2007.

3. Cultural Hegemony and Indian Writing in English presented in U G C Sponsored National Conference on Postcolonialism and Third world Literature organized by Hindu Girls, Jagadhri (Haryana) on 27, 28 September 2008.

4. Linguistic Imperialism and World English presented in U G C Sponsored National Conference on English Language Teaching – Current Trends and Directions organized by D A V College for Pehowa, Kurukshetra ( Haryana) on 20th March 2009.

5. Cultural Dimension of E L T presented in Directorate of Higher Education, Haryana Sponsored National Conference on Effective Teaching of English in Colleges: Need of the Hour organized by S D College (Lahore) Haryana 25th March 2009.

6. Socio-genetic Role of Language in King Lear presented in International Conference on Shakespeare as Critic in His Times and Ours: Literary , Social, Political organized by M D University Rohtak ( Haryana) in collaboration with the Shakespeare Association on October 8,9,10,2009.

7. Oedipal sons as Writers: A Study of Third World Literature presented in International Conference on Empire and English Studies: Pedagogy and Activism Now on 11, 12 December 2009at East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

8. Socio-linguistic Dimension of Upper class Male Hegemony in Haryana presented in ICSSR Sponsored Seminar on “Situating Women in History, Culture and Polity of North-Western India” on 15-16th February, 2010 at P.G. Government College, Chandigarh.

9. Man-nature Relationship and the role of socio-linguistic Genes in the Postcolonial Third World: A Study of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide Presented in the International Conference Biodiversity and Environmental Governance in Canada and India: Safeguarding Ecosystems for Human Welfare (October 21-23, 2010) Organized by THE CENTER FOR CANADIAN STUDIES, The Department of English, GurukulKangri University, Haridwar, India and the Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

10. CONTEMPORARY THEORY: A CLINICAL STUDY OF LITERATURE AND THEORY Presented in the International Conference Literary Theory at Work organized by The Department of English Banaras Hindu University, India on 9-10-11 December 2010.

11. EMERGENCE OF DIASPORA LITERATURE IN POST-COLONIAL WORLD: A STUDY OF THE GLASS PALACE presented at National conference Commitment in Post-Colonial Literature and Theory at Dayal Singh College Karnal, sponsored by U G C and Higher Education commissioner Haryana on 11-12 February 2011.

12. Depiction of Subaltern’s and Circulation of Social Energy in King Lear Presented in the UGC sponsored International Conference Subalterns in Shakespeare – A Post-postcolonial scrutiny at St Bede’s College Shimla 22-24, September 2011.

13. ENGLISH AS A LANGUAGE OF RESISTANCE IN POST-COLONIAL INDIA Presented in the National Conference on ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE IN POST-COLONIAL INDIA at S B D S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, FATEHABAD,22-24 DECEMBER 2011.

14. THEORISING THE SUBALTERN: A STUDY OF AMITAV GHOSH’STHE GLASS PALACE Presented in the International Conference on HUMANISM, DEMOCRACY AND CULTURE: POSTCOLONIAL DISCOURSES AND INDIA organized by UGC AND HIGHER EDUCATION HARYANA at R K S D COLLEGE KAITHAL,20-21 MARCH 2012.

15. TEACHING OF ENGLISH THROUGH INDIAN LITERATURE AS A POST COLONIAL PRACTICE Presented in the National Conference on ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING IN POST-COLONIAL INDIA: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS at SRI RAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION KAITHAL,22-23 MARCH 2012.

16. “Shakespeare’s King Lear: A Feminist Play Limited by Socio-Political Circumstances” Presented in the International Conference on Women in Shakespeare: A Post-Feminist Scrutiny at VardhmanMahaveer Open University, Kota 4-6 October 2012.

Other interests

Reading, Critical Writing, Creative Writing.

Assistant Professor Mr. Rahul Narayan Kamble

Education

BA, MA (SGB Amravati University)
PhD (SGB Amravati University)

Contact Details

Telephone:  040-27689636(off)
Email: r4rahulkamble@gmail.com , rahulk@efluniversity.ac.in

Biography

Completed BA, MA, PhD from SGBAmravati University Amravati(M) PhD-“Critical Study of Plays by Indian Women Playwrights”

Teaching

5 Years

Research Interests

Childhood Studies, African American Women’s Writing, World Theatres, Women’s Theatre in India, Narratives of Conflict

Publications

1) Published an article “Under the Shadow of Margins: Uncanny Places and Unnamed Virtues in Namdeo Dhasal’s Poetry” in an International Peer-Reviewed Journal Margins: A Journal for Literature and Culture Vol.III, 2013(ISSN 2250 -0731) in 2014

A chapter in an Edited Anthology: “Self-Willed Roles and Free-Willed Directions: Women in Indian Theatre” in an edited anthology titled Gender Roles in Postmodern World Edited by Dr Alka Singh Asst Prof Dr RML Law University Lucknow (Published by Y,king Pub Jaipur) ISBN 978-93-82532-57-6 in 2014

3) Published a paper “Resistance and Street Theatre: Democratizing the Space and Spatializing the Democracy” in Sanglap Vol. 1 No. 2 ISSN: 2349-8064 in 2014

Assistant Professor Dr. Shyam Babu

Education

MA, PhD (Banaras Hindu University)

Contact Details

Telephone:  040- -2768 9627
Email: shyambabueflu@gmail.com

Biography

I earned my PHD from BHU, Varanasi. My dissertation studies Brechtian dramatic theory in conjunction with the Modern Indian Drama, in which the plays of Habib Tanvir and Girish Karnad respectively, are analyzed. It tries to establish a cross cultural dramatic reciprocity in terms of theory and performance. Presently, I am teaching English literature at the graduate and postgraduate levels at the EFL-University, Hyderabad.

Teaching

I. PHD

“Contemporary Critical Approaches” (Taught Courses) (2013, 2014)

1. Roland Barthes: “The Death of the author”

2. Antonio Gramsci. “ The Formation of the Intellectuals”, Hegemony

MA Courses

1. Brechtian Epic Theory and Post-independence Modern Indian Drama. (August 2010-December 2010).

2. Theory in Context: History of Interpretations.( January 2011- April 2011).

3. New Historicism and Modern Indian Drama(Aug.2011-Nov 11)

4. An Introduction to Structuralism”(Jan, 2012-April 2012)

5. An Introduction to the Postmodern Thinkers” (Jan 2013- April. 2013)

6. Fiction of Contemporary South Asian Women Writers: Beyond the interiority of the Self. (Aug. 2013-Nov2013).

7. Theatres’ Theory Of The ‘Third World’: An Introduction (Aug-Dec 2014)

III. BA (Hons)

1. Introduction to Literary Criticism. (Classical to TS Eliot) BA Sem. VI

2. Introduction to Indian Writing in English. BA(Hons) Sem. IV

3. Introduction to European Drama: Text, Context and Performance. BA (Hons) II Sem.

4. Introduction to World Literatures. BA (Hons) Sem.V

5. Emergence of Literature in English: Old and Medieval English Period” BA (Hons) Sem.- I(Currently teaching)

6. Environmental Studies BA(Sem.VI) Jan-June 2015

Research Interests

Research interests include- postcolonial theory, gender studies, dalit discourse, modern Indian drama, Indian English novel, nation studies, modern Hindi Literature among others.

Publications

 “Conceptualization of the Multiple Selves or Duality in the Subject: Shakespeare’s Macbeth” in Theater International. Vol.VI ‘Shakespeare Special Issue’ a referee journal Avantgarde Press, 2014 ISSN: 2278-2036.

 The Inheritance of Loss in Contemporary Indian Women Novelists in English. Ed. Indu Swami. Sarup Books Publishers Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, 2011. ISBN-978-81-7625-724-4

 “Caste, Gender, and Sexuality’ in Ghasiram Kotwal” in Critical Essays on Indian English Poetry and Drama. Ed. Arvind N.Nawale. New Delhi. Author Press, 2011. ISBN 978-81-72-73-562

 (Habib)Tanvir’s Naya Theatre- Subverting Colonial Value PRAGNA: A Referred journal of Arts and Sciences, BHU. Vol. 56, No. 1. ISSN 0554-9884. September issue, 2010.

 Feminist Sensibility and the Plays of Manjula Padmnabhan: A Study in ‘Stream-of-Subversiveness in Contemporary Women’s Question Ed. Indu Swami. Sarup Books Publishers Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi. First Impression 2010.

 Brechtian complex seeing and Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq; a Study in Dramatic Response”. Published by MUSEINDIA. Issue June-July, 2009. www.museindian.com

 Brechtian Aesthetics of Epic Theatre and Bharati’s Andha Yug. In DIALOGUE: a bi-annual journal devoted to literary appreciation. Dec., 2008. Special Issue on World Drama in English ISBN 0974-5556

 “Theatre as Carnival: Habib Tanvir’s Agra Bazaar. RE-MARKINGS. Vol. 9. No.1, 2010. ISSN: 0972-611X

Awards and Memberships

 Life-term member of “Forum on Contemporary Theory”, Gujarat based Literary Association, since September 2014.

Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks

 Presented a paper titled “The Dialectics of Caste and Nation in Hindi dalit Writer’s Autobiography:

Position and Proposition” at the XVII International Conference – Towards New Horizons in the Humanities and the Social Sciences jointly organized by Forum for Cotemporary Theory, Baroda and The International Lincoln Centre for American Studies in Goa from 21-24 Dec 2014.

 Presented a paper (in absentee) titled “Dalit-Subaltern, Narrative and Textuality: Revisiting Modern Indian Theatre” in a national conference: Voices from the Margin: Society, Culture, and Exclusion from Feb. 20--22, 2013 organized by School of Languages, Central university of Jharkhand, Ranchi.

 Presented a paper “Conceptualization of the Multiple Selves or Duality in the Subject: Shakespeare’s Macbeth” in 7th Biennial World Shakespeare Conference on “Shakespeare Across Cultures” 3-5 December 2012, jointly organized by Shakespeare Society of Eastern India & Dept of English BHU, Varanasi.

 Attended conference on “Text, Cultures, and Performance: Postcolonial Issues” Presented a paper entitled “ Politics of Resistance: The Political Theatre of Habib Tanvir” held from 2-4Feb, 2012 jointly organized by Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature & Language Studies(IACLLS) in Collaboration with Centre for English Language, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi.

 Attended an International Seminar on “Contesting Modernities: Views from Pre-colonial India” held from 11-12 December 2010 by Faculty of Arts BHU, Varanasi and also presented a paper titled “Contesting Modernity in the Poetry of Nazir: A Re-reading of Agra Bazaar”.

 Presented a paper titled “Exhaustion of Authenticity: The Politics of Techniques in Mc Evan’s Atonement and Saturday” in an International Seminar on “Contemporary British Literature(post 1990s)” organized by Dept of English, Osmania University, Hyderabad in collaboration with British Council Of India on 1-3 December 2010.

 Presented a paper “Nation through Narratives: Revisiting Hayavadana and Charandas Chor” in an International seminar- “Imagining India: Discourse of the Nation” organized by Dept. of English, BHU on 18-19 December 2009.

 Presented a paper “Thousand Faces of Night and The God of Small Things” in National Seminar on “Many Faces of Feminism” 27-28 March 2009. Organized by Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU.

 Presented a paper titled “Habib Tanvir’s Shakespeare in Chhattisgarhi: Translating A Midsummer-Night’s Dream as Kaam Dev ka Apna, Basantritu Ka Sapna” in an International Conference “Translation and Multilingualism” 6-7 March 2009, organized by Dept. of English, BHU. 4

 Presented a paper “Folklore in the Living Tale of Hirma” in a national seminar on “Theatre Studies” 28th and 29th March 2008, organized by University of Hyderabad under UGC-ASIHSS.

 Presented a paper “Postcolonial Discourse and Habib Tanvir’s Naya Theatre” in national seminar on “Postcolonial Discourse in Bhasa Literatures” 21-23 September 2007 organized by Faculty of Arts, BHU.

Other interests

Poetry writing

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