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Department of English
Anannya Dasgupta
Assistant Professor
Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D Literatures in English, Rutgers University, USA, October 2011
M.A Literatures in English, Rutgers University, USA, March 2004
M.Phil. English Literature, Delhi University, India 2000
MA English Literature, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India, 1997
BA English Honors, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India, 1995
Professional Experience
July 2012 - May 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of English at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
January 2012 - May 2012 Instructor, Department of English at The College of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
2002- 2012 - Teaching Assistant and Instructor in the Department of English and the Writing Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
1997-2001 - Lecturer in English at Janki Devi Mahavidyalaya, Dayal Singh (E), Jesus and Mary College, Khalsa College and Shivaji college.
Research Interests
Literature of the British Renaissance
Writing Pedagogy
World Literatures
Poetry and Poetics
Photography, Composition in Visual Arts and Writing
Select Publications
“Lessons in Creative Pedagogy: Teaching the Ghazal in an American Classroom” in India in the World: Essays on Post-Colonial Literature and Translation in Honor of Harish Trivedi ed. Ruth Vanita, New Delhi: Pencraft, 2013. (Forthcoming)

“Two Ghazals” Four Quarters Magazine, April 2013.

“Upon Avon-by the-Sea” Wasafiri International Magazine for Contemporary International Writing, 73: March 2013.

Four poems translated into Chinese by Chia-ju Chang in Poetry Sky Issue 29, Spring 2012

Book Review of Modern Poetry of Pakistan (2010) in Make Literary Magazine , December 2011. Online access:

Poetry in Pirene’s Fountain: Online access:

“Do I Remove my Skin”: Interrogating Identity in Suniti Namjoshi’s Fables in Queering India: Same-sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society Ed. Ruth Vanita. New York: Routledge, 2002.

“Whether She Be of Quality or For Your Diversion”: The Harlots and Ladies in The Rover in The Rover A Critical Edition. eds. Asha Kanwar and Anand Prakash Delhi: Worldview Publications , July 2000 (140-150).

Select Publication and Exhibition of Photographs

Cover Photo: “Driving Yellows” for Punjabi Immigrant Mobility in the United States: Adaptation through race and class by Diditi Mitra. Palgrave MacMillan, December 2012.

Cover Photo “Swirl” European Union and Global Social Change by Jozesf Borocz. Routledge, 2010

Featured Photo “Trees” in The Abode of the Fireflies, Ed. Nanni Singh. Youthreach, New Delhi 2009

Cover Photo “Untitled” in “Situovaná Veda” Centrum rodových štúdií, Bratislava, 2009

Cover Photo “A Door to Rani Rupavati’s Mosque” in Visible Histories Disappearing Women by Mahua Sarkar Duke University Press, 2008

Solo Exhibition: “Digital Composition: A Photo Series” Plangere Writing Center, Rutgers University. May 2012 - May 2013

Group Show “Wide Angle: A Fine Art Photography Exhibition” at the Galerie Romain Rolland New Delhi. Curator: Ajay Rajgharia. October 24th - November 1st, 2009.

Group Show at Café Turtle, New Delhi with Prateek Dubey, Madhav Raina Thapan and Udit Kulshreshtha from 14th - 23rd October, 2008.
National and International Recognition
Mellon Dissertation Seminar in Historical Interpretation, 2006
Mellon Dissertation Summer Fellowship, 2006
Blum Teaching Fellowship 2005
Folger Library Travel Grant, for a Paleography Course with Laetitia Yeandle, 2004
Dissertation Fellowships, Rutgers University 2001, 2004

Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations

“Magicking Machines: A Reading of Shakespeare’s Ariel” International Seminar Series @ Ramjas, Ramjas College, Delhi University, September 17th 2013.

“Every Day Islam; an Exposition in Words and Images” Fertile Crescent; a conference on the Islamic diaspora at Rutgers University, December 6th, 2012 (A photography exhibit that followed a skype conference address)

“Pedagogy and Poetics: Teaching the ghazal in an American Classroom” Faculty Seminar. St. Stephen’s College, 9th September, 2012

Invited lecture on Photography and Digital Composition for an immersive graduate seminar on writing and the new media taught by Prof. Richard Miller, at Rutgers University in May 30th, 2012.

Untangling Technology from Demonology in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Invited Lecture in “Introduction to Shakespeare” Rutgers University, December 7th 2011.

Quaint Devices: The Magic and Mechanics of John Dee and Francis Bacon
Science and Magic: Ways of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Princeton University, April 29 - 30th.

Tapping into Trouble (to find the writing voice)
10the Annual Conference of New Jersey Writing Alliance, Rutgers University May 2010

The Upturned Turnip Cart: Prophecy and Futurity in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist
Histories of the Future, The Rutgers British Studies Project, Rutgers University March 2010

“I’ll bring thee rogue within the statute of sorcery”: Vagrancy, Witchcraft and Secular Law in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist. Legal Fictions in Early Culture, University of California, Irvine November 2009

The Glass Door
Writing By Degrees, National Creative Writing Conference, Binghamton University, Sept 2008
Executive Summary
It is important to preserve a sense of play in academics because it is the only thing that brings about creative connections that make it possible to think in new ways.
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