Sunday, 29 May 2011

Vanashree's Bio

Academic  and Professional Position

Teaching Experience of 27 years; courses Taught in Pre PhD, MA and BA : Contemporary Literary Theory: Feminism, Post-Colonialism, Post-Modernism, Indian Drama in Translation, Indian Literature in English, Women’s literature, Shakespearean Drama and Criticism, Theory of Fiction, Modern British and American Fiction

Fulbright Teaching Fellow: As a teaching Faculty, Department of English George Washington University, taught: Postcolonial Literature, Subaltern Studies and Indian Drama.

Editor, Research and Criticism (New Delhi:  Pencraft Publication)


Areas of Specialization

Contemporary  theories of Literature and Culture with special reference to Post colonial Women’s Studies, Subaltern Studies, Modern British and American Fiction and Drama, Shakespearean-Criticism, Modern and contemporary Indian Drama in English, Indian writing in Translation

Awards and Recognition

  • Awarded Fulbright University Visiting Lecturer Fellowship to teach Post Colonial Literature in 2008-09 at the Department of English, George Washington University, Washington DC 
  • Visiting Associate in Institute of Advance Studies, Shimla, 1998, 1999 and 2001
  • Research Associate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1995-1999
  • Senior Fellow Indo-American Centre for Studies 1999. 
  • Indo-American Centre for Studies, Middle award 1989 and 1991



  • Twentieth Century American Fiction: T. S. Eliot’s Children (Includes Introduction and an article: “Quest for Mystic Enlightenment in Salinger’s Nine Stories and Eliot’s The Waste Land”), Vanashree and Sukhbir Singh (eds.), New Delhi: B.R. Publishers, 2006.
  • Poetics & Culture: Three Plays of Girish Karnad.  Vanashree, New Delhi: Prestige, 2004, includes nine articles by the author).
  • Antony and Cleopatra   (Introduction of 40 pages, Annotations and Essays) Vanashree Tripathy (ed.), New Delhi: Worldview, 2000 
  • Feminine Consciousness in Katherine Anne Porter, New Delhi: Associated Publishers, 1991
  • Art of Fiction in Katherine Anne Porter, Varanasi: Rama Brothers, 1990 

Books in Progress

  • Imaginary of Magic and Witchcraft in India: A Feminist Study
  • Narratives of Indian Peasantry  

Research Papers

1.“Writing Rural Poverty: Hori of Premchand in Shrilal Shukla’s Hori aur Unnis Sau Chourasi” (“Hori and1984”), South Asian Review (University of Pittsburg) Vol.34 No.1, 2013. 

2. “Witchcraft, Pain Resistance and the Ceremony of Punishment” published in Sage   Journal of Gender Studies Vol. 17. 2- May-August, 2010, New Delhi: Sage, has been ranked 15th by the journal in the list of “most read papers” of the decade 2001 -2010. See 

3. “Hori and the Dynamics of Injustice: Mahasweta Devi’s Water”, published in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLV, No.41, Oct.09, 2010. 

4. “Shrilal Shukla: An Aesthete and a Visionary” in Indian Literature” ( Sahitya Akademi), Shrilal Shukla: An Aesthete and a Visionary”, Vol. 56, No.2, March -April 2012.

5. “Predatory Intents and Pornographic Messages: Tendulkar, Writing Orient” Indian Literature, (Sahitya Akademi), Vol. 49, No. 4, June- July 2010.

 6. “History in Performance: Cultural Activism in the plays of Girish Karnad”. Theatre and Democracy, Journal of ISTR, Vol. 21, 2006-07. 

7.”Geography of Scars and History of Wounds: Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice Candy Man,” Novels of Partition (Anthology).  Ed. R.K. Dhawan, New Delhi: Prestige, 2003.

8.  “.Pahala Girmitia:  Gandhi’s Rite of Passage (A Review Article on Giriraj Kishore’s novel, Pahla Girmitia)” Seminar, October   2001.

9. “Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper: A Gynograph”, IJAS, Vol.30,   1999.

10.Initiation to Experience: Male/Female Consciousness in Sara Orne Jewett’s “The White Heron”, Vol. 12, IJAS, 1995. 

11. “Frantz Fanon: Locating Culture”, Mainstream, April 21, 2001.

12. “Counter Ideology in Hemingway and Heidegger’s Dasein”. Literature and Ideology,   Sukhbir Singh (ed.), New Delhi: B.R. Publication, 2000.

13. “Mythology of Landscape: Short- Fiction of Ruskin Bond. Contemporary Indian Fiction (Anthology), R.S. Sharma (eds.), New Delhi:  B.R. Publication, 2000.

14. Quest for Enlightenment and Indian Mystic Thought: The Waste Land and Salinger’s Nine Stories, Aligarh Critical Miscellany, Vol. III, 1999

15.“Quest for New Narratives: Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon, and Suneeti Namjoshi.” Panjab University Journal, Vol. 31, No.3, 1999.

16. “The Ceremony of Sorrow: Bharati Mukherjee’s “Management of Grief,” Indian Journal of English Studies, Vol. 37, 1998-99.

17. “Urge for Autonomy, Eco- Feminism, the Movements of Innocence and Experience in Chitra Divakaruni’s The Bats,” Critical Practice, Vol. VI, No. 2, June 19989

18. “Echoes of Oedipus Rex in Joyce’s Ulysses”, Critical Studies, Volume 9, No. 3-4, 1998

19. “Interiority and Dark Labyrinths: Gothicism in Emily Dickinson,” Panjab University Journal, Vol. II August, 1997

20. “Rhetoric of Otherness: Roberts Frost and the Wilderness,” Evaluation, Volume 6, No. 2, 1997

21. “The Backyard and the Dark Corner of History: Bapsi Sidhwa’s The Ice Candy Man”,   Panjab University Journal, Volume 21, No. 1-2, 1996

22. “Self Appropriation, Fabulation and Play of Meaning in Ibsen, Chekov, Strindberg and Albee”. Aligarh Critical Miscellany, Vol. II, 1995.

23. “Political Unconscious in Albee’s The Zoo Story and Death of Bessie Smith”, ASRC Seminar Proceedings on Class, Race & Gender, Hyderabad: ASRC, 1993.

24. “New Historicism: Strategies of Reading,” Indian Response to Contemporary Critical  Theories.  R S Pathak (ed.), New Delhi: Prestige, 1993. 

25.  “Polysemy at the Dead End: Shashi Tharoor’s The Great Indian Novel”. Recent Indian Novel in English, R. S. Pathak (ed.), New Delhi: Prestige, 1993.

26."Language Consciousness in Heidegger, Camus and Hemingway", Aligarh Journal of English Studies, Volume 17, No. 1-2 (1995), 97-104; Also published in  Critical Half Yearly, Volume 2, No. 1-2, 1993. 

27."Bi-polar Self Reflexivity and Illusions of Transcendence: James Joyce's Ulysses"   Aligarh Journal of English Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (1990).

28. “Tennyson’s Ulysses: A Stylistic Interpretation”, Panjab University Journal, Vol.13,        No.2, 1989. 

29. “Modern Western Language Consciousness and Indian Philosophy of      Language”,    Prajna, (A Journal of Banaras Hindu University) 1989.

 30. “The Divided Self: Feminine Consciousness in Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eaters,” Criticism & Research”, Vol.8, 1987-88.

31. “Samuel Beckett & the Aesthetics of   Being: A Reading of ‘All That Fall’, The Aligarh Journal of English Studies, Vol.12, N0.2, 1987.

Select Reviews and Translations

  • Poetics and Politics of Suphism and Bhakti Movement in Indian Literature, Vol 62, No. 3, 2013.
  • “Hori and 1984” Translation of Shrilal Shukla’s Hori aur Unnis Sau Chourasi, published in Indian Literature, Vol.56, No.2, 2012.
  • A Review of Sans ki Kalam Se (An anthology of Short Stories by Dharamveer Bharti), Pashyanti, October 2001.
  • Review of Naya Anahad, published in Pashyanti, August 2001.
  • Translation of Rilke’s Ten Selected Poems, Pashyanti, July 2000, pp.43-45.
  • “Quest beyond History, beyond Self: Poetry of Charusheel Singh,” Literary Criticism, 1990, pp 61-63.
  • “Amartya Sen Ka Argumentative Indian”, Pashyanti, March-May, 2005.

Supervision of PhD Dissertations

1. Writing India: Salman Rushdie and V. S. Naipaul, 2011 
2. Subaltern Experience in Mahasweta Devi’s Writings: 2011
3. Narratives of Counterpointing: Suniti Namjoshi, Fay Weldon and Alice Munroe, 2011 
4.Partition and the Women Writers: (Attia Hossain, Bapsi Sidhwa, Amrita Pritam, Qurratulain Hyder, Mumtaz Shah Nawaz, Krishna Sobti, Ismat Chughtai, , 2011
5. Quest for Narrative freedom in the Fiction of Margaret Atwood and Margaret Drabble, 2006
6.  A Study of Dramatic Modes in the plays of Wole Soyinka and Girish Karnad, 2003
7. Gothic imagination in the short stories of Joyce Carole Oates, 2000
8. Hero as a Cultural Archetype in Modern American fiction, 1999
9. Psychoanalytical Study of Lillian Hellman’s Plays, 1994
10. Edward Albee and the Theatre of Aggression, 1993
11. Politics and Women in the Works of Nayantara Sahagal, 1991
12. Comic Imagination in Kingsley Amis and Evelyn Waugh, 1991

Ongoing Research Supervision

1. David Lodge and the Novels of Academia, 2011-

2. Dyotima’s Daughters: Specter of Dyotima in the Late Twentieth Century Feminist Thought, 2013

Membership and Activities in Professional Association

       1. Indian Society for Theatre Research.
       2. Abhinava Gupta Theatre Group.
       3. Indian Association for Canadian Studies.
       4. Indian Society for Commonwealth Studies
       5. Indian Institute of American Studies.
       6. Indian Association of English Studies

Education: MA, PhD from the University of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India

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