• Lecturer
  • Education

    • Ph.D. from University of Florida (2005)

    Selected Publications

    Books

    • The Bird Catcher and Other Stories. Jaded Ibis Press, 2018. (Bangladesh edition; Bengal Lights Publishers, 2018).
    • A War Heroine, I Speak (Translation of reportage on the rape victims of the liberation war of Bangladesh). Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2017. Print.
    • Nawab Faizunnesa’s RupJalal (Translation and Commentary). Leiden : E. J. Brill Publishers, 2009

    Articles/Essays

    • “Women as Writers: Bengal: 19th Century to Early 20th Century.” Brill Online Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.  Ed. Suad Joseph. www.brill.nl/ewio. August, 2017.
    •   “In the Light of What We Know about the Good Muslims of Brick Lane and beyond: Religion, Diaspora and the Politics of a Homing Desire in the writings of Zia Haider Rahman, Tahmima Anam and Monica Ali. South Asian Diaspora, Special Issue.  Eds. Mandal and Jain. Asiatic, June 2017. http:// www.asiatic.iium.edu
    •  "Sultana’s Utopian Awakening: An Ecocritical Reading of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Sultana’s Dream.” A Feminist Foremother: Critical Essays on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. Eds.Quayum and Hasan. New Delhi: Orient Black Swan, 2016. 
    •  “Three Kinds of History, Three Women’s Texts, and the Futility of Diasporic Desire in Bharati Mukherjee’s Desirable Daughters and The Tree Bride. Bharati Mukherjee: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Somdatta Mandal. New Delhi: Pencraft  International. 2010.

    Courses

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    10675 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
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    11319 ENL3296 Gothic Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    20343 LIT3482 Literature & Popular Culture Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Unavailable
    No Description Available
    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    81267 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    81684 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    81845 ENL3654 Black British Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    93199 ENL4303 British Authors World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
    61774 ENG3010 Practical Criticism World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable
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    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    17579 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    PR: Successful completion of ENC 1102 or equivalent advanced placement credit.

    Theories of Literature is a 3000 level course that explores major theories of literature from Aristotle to Wittig. You will read primary texts of theories and comprehensive analysis of various theories. In the process of being familiar with various critical ideas, you will read literary texts and try to theorize the texts and/or contextualize theories. 

    18648 ENL3296 Gothic Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    This course will explore the origins and development of Gothic literature in the British Isles. Gothic literature begins in the eighteenth century, as a counterpoint to  and reaction against  Neoclassicism.  It replaced the Neoclassic obsession with order, proportion, reason and beauty with disorder, disproportion, irrational, and sublime. The Gothic confronts and embodies the fears of sexuality, foreignness, economic displacement, and knowledge. During this semester, we will explore the history and theory of the Gothic. We will read classic Gothic novels and explore them in context of the theories of  Burke’s and Kant’s Sublime, and Freud’s psychoanalysis, among others. 

    21293 LIT3931 Topics in World Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    90616 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

    PR: Successful completion of ENC 1102 or equivalent advanced placement credit.

    Theories of Literature is a 3000 level course that explores major theories of literature from Aristotle to Wittig. You will read primary texts of theories and comprehensive analysis of various theories. In the process of being familiar with various critical ideas, you will read literary texts and try to theorize the texts and/or contextualize theories. 

    90862 ENL3654 Black British Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

     The element of ‘blackness’ posed a tint of challenge to the British political and cultural hegemony. It provokes the issue of decentering  structural supremacy of the sign ‘British’ that played a key role in the making of Empire or breaking apart nations. Resulting from the slave trade, Britain always had a black presence in the margin of its history for the last four hundred years; however, after the Second World War, a massive number of immigrants from all its former colonies made blackness a complicated rupture in the solid foundation of Britishness. “Black British” has been used by some critics in reference to South Asian, African, and Caribbean British writings alongside each other ; on the other hand, there are critics who use the term to refer to Britain’s African-Caribbean and African origin.

    We will map out the trajectory of black presence in British Literature using the lenses of history, politics, and culture. Like Robinson Crusoe, we will follow the footprints and trace back the black presence in the island of British history and observe Britain’s painful process of naming/ renaming of the black presence, and the blackness’s literary and political struggle to make its presence noted in the imagined literary community of British Literature. 

    91955 LIT3482 Literature & Popular Culture Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Unavailable

    The aim of this course is to encourage you to hear and converse with the many voices that speak of our culture. Because cultural conversations are cross disciplinary in their very core, it is only logical that this course will bring all those different voices and aspects together. This course will therefore explore the transdisciplinary areas of cultural studies in relation to various genres of literary and popular media. In its attempt to connect the issues of texts and/in cultural contexts, this course will use identity as a prime motif and invite students to bring popular texts, movies, TV shows, and novels under critical scrutiny. Throughout the semester, you are expected to perform the role of a critic and scrutinize/analyze various elements of socio-politico-cultural ideology contributing to the formation of individual identity.