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Department of English
Aratrika Das
Visiting Faculty
Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
PhD (awaiting viva, Dept of English, University of Delhi, 2011-present)
MPhil English Literature (converted into PhD programme in 2011, University of Delhi)
MA English (Dept of English, University of Delhi, 2009)
BA (Hons) (Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, 2007)
Professional Experience
University Teaching Assistant, Department of English, 2011-15 (University of Delhi)

Instructor, “Academic Writing and Critical Thinking” course for the Project E-QUAL, European Union Project, Shiv Nadar University, Jan- May 2015

Associate Editor, DU Research Journal For Social Sciences and Humanities, 2015 (University of Delhi)

Tutor at Young India Fellowship, Sept- Dec 2011 (Ashoka University)

Lecturer at Indraprastha College for Women, 2010-11 (University of Delhi)
Research Interests
Nineteenth-century British literature
Gothic novels
Writing Pedagogy
Select Publications
“The Matter that matters – Re-thinking Corporeality in a Computer Game”, Chapter 11, Sport, Literature, Culture. Eds. Poonam Trivedi and Supriya Chaudhuri (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2015) ISBN 978-81-250-5755-0

“Within and Beyond Women’s Studies”, Illuminati, Special Issue on Feminisms in India, Vol. 5, Jan-Dec 2015, ISSN 2229-4341

(Forthcoming) “Dalit. Then bodies”, Book review of Daya Pawar’s Baluta, BookReview. 2016

(Accepted) “Performing The Goddess: Understanding Androgyny through the performing/performance/performative body of Chapal Bhaduri”, Sambalpur University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, February 2017
National and International Recognition
Research grant, British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), UK, 2014.

International Travel grant, International India-Edinburgh Institute, University of Edinburgh, 2014

Short-term research grant, Charles Wallace India Trust Grant, British Council, UK, 2013.

International Travel grant, Research Council, University of Delhi, India, 2013
Invited lectures / Conference / Workshops:
Introduction to the Gothic”, Keynote address, “Gothica”, English Literary Fest, Department of English, Bharti College, 03-03-2016

Teachers’ Training Workshops, Project E-QUAL, Shiv Nadar University, 18-02-2016

“Fairies and Monsters of the Bedroom”, Special Lecture Series, Bharti College, University of Delhi, 27-02-2015

“Eating and the making of a novelistic individual”, at Rethinking the Novel, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 05-03-2013

“Battered bodies and perverse pleasure: Gothic Spectacle in Oliver Twist (1838) and Our Mutual Friend (1864-65)”, at The Dickens World: Post-Imperial Readings, International Conference, Department of English, Centre of Advanced Study, and, Centre for Victorian Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 18-20 December, 2012

I want to feed: Thinking through the fragments of Dracula”, at Violence In Literature and Popular Culture, Miranda House, University Of Delhi, Delhi, India, 08-02-2012

“The Invading Vampire and The Penetrating Fangs of the Vampire”, at Research Scholars’ Workshop, Department Of Sociology, Delhi School Of Economics, University Of Delhi, Delhi, India, 31-03-2011

“The ‘Real’ Game: Locating Forms of Being in Computer Games”, at The Game’s afoot... Sport, Literature and Culture, National Seminar, Department of English, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 2011

“Performing Identities: Re-reading Resistance Through the Performative Transgendered Body of Chapal Bhaduri”, at Frames Of Reference 2011, Annual Students Seminar, at Centre For Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2011
Executive Summary
As a researcher on words and a teacher of words, I want to hold onto the beauty of sentences, uneasiness of ambiguities, and sudden shivers of new ideas. These make the classrooms both comforting and spaces of productive uncertainties.
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