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Prof. Rajitha Venugopal

Prof. Rajitha Venugopal

Ph. D., Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi,2021; M. Phil, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2013; M.A. English, University of Hyderabad, 2007; B.A. English, Govt. Victoria College, University of Calicut, Kerala, 2005.


BIO

Prof. Rajitha Venugopal is Assistant Professor - Academic Writing and She received her PhD and MPhil in English Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She holds a Master’s Degree in English from University of Hyderabad and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from University of Calicut.


Prof. Rajitha has a total work experience of over three years and has been associated with FLAME University as a Visiting Faculty to teach Academic Writing since 2017. She has also taught as Guest Faculty in Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia and Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi.


She has presented research papers in various national and international seminars and has published papers in reputed journals. She has also contributed chapters to three forthcoming edited volumes to be published by Routledge. Her areas of research interest include Environmental Humanities, postcolonial studies, contemporary Indian literature in English and in translation.


RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles



  1. Venugopal, R. (Dec 2021). “A fable for today: understanding the discourse of “derangement” in Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour. LittCrit Journal, 47(2), 96-105.

  2. Venugopal, R. (June 2021). “So, if we sell you our land: A brief overview of Native Americans in the United States of America” The Johar journal, II.

  3. Venugopal, R. (June 2020). “Of histories, borderlands and nations: Reading Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna as historical metafiction transcending borders” LittCrit Journal, 46(1), 43-54.

  4. Venugopal, R. (Nov 2019) “Interconnectedness of the Local and the Global in Kingsolver’s Select Writings” in International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Literature, vol.7, no.1.


Book chapters



  1. Venugopal. R. (2022). “Gandhian environmentalism and its limits: A reading of CK Janu’s ‘autobiographic testimonio’ Mother Forest.” In N. Zaidi and I. Dasgupta (Eds.) Gandhi in India’s literary imagination: Rethinking history, culture and society, 195-207.Routledge, Taylor and Francis group. DOI: 10.4324/9781003145479-16

  2. Venugopal. R. (2022). “Agrarian distress and food sovereignty: Reading resistance in Namita Waikar’s The Long March” in S.C. Estok, S. Deborah, and R.K. Alex (Eds). Anthropocene Ecologies of Food: Notes from the Global South. Routledge, pp. 141-157. DOI: 10.4324/9781003282976-12.

  3. Venugopal. R. (2022). “Art and literature as resistance” (MN Vijayan). In R.K. Alex (Ed.) Ecocriticism in Malayalam pp 23-33. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  4. Venugopal. R. (2022). “The aesthetics of folk literature” (K. Aiyyappa Panicker). In R.K. Alex (Ed.) Ecocriticism in Malayalam, pp. 58-67. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Conference presentations



  1. Venugopal, R and Raju, GM. (March 2021). “Panning the Local and the Global in the Vernacular: Understanding Contemporary Trends in Select Malayalam Fiction.” International conference on Language Ideologies and the Vernacular in South Asia at Jamia Millia Islamia.

  2. Venugopal, R (Nov 2020). “Identity, Belonging and Cosmopolitanism: Reading Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna and Romesh Gunasekara’s Reef.” International conference themed Cosmopolitan Cultures and Oceanic Thought: Thinking through History Across the Waters at Jamia Millia Islamia.

  3. Venugopal, R (Oct 2019). “Self-assertion or Self-effacement? Reading Gandhi in the Contemporary Land and Ecological Context of Kerala” at a national seminar themed Gandhi in India’s Literary Imagination: Rethinking History, Culture and Society at Jamia Millia Islamia

  4. Venugopal, R (March 2019). “A Fable for Today: The Discourse of Derangement in Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour” at an international conference themed Ecological Migrations and Transcultural Ethics at Madras Christian College, Chennai.

  5. Venugopal, R. (March 2019). “Going Local: Understanding the Ecology and Economy of Food in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” at an international seminar themed Culinary Narratives, Discourses, and Representations at Christ College, Bangalore.

  6. Venugopal, R. (March 2018). “Interconnectedness of the Local and the Global: Reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Select Essays” at an international seminar themed Literature and Environment: The Promise of Ecocriticism at University of Kashmir.

  7. Venugopal, R. (March 2018). “Locating the Sense of Place in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams” at MELOW international conference at University of Himachal Pradesh.

  8. Venugopal, R. (Feb 2017). “Grappling with Modernity: Narayan’s Kocharethi as a Metaphor of Adivasi Lives in Kerala” at a national conference themed Tribes in Transition II at Jamia Millia Islamia.

  9. Venugopal, R. (Dec 2016). “Barbara Kingsolver’s Environmental Ethic: Concerns from the American South” at a national conference themed Post War Themes in American Fiction at Osmania University, Hyderabad.

  10. Venugopal, R. (March 2015). “Pocahontas Disneyfied: The Cultural Appropriation of Native American History” at a national seminar themed Contemporary Narratives of Subversion at Ramanujan College, University of Delhi.

  11. Venugopal, R. (Dec 2013). “Scripting Lives/Seeking Space: Life Narratives of C.K. Janu and Kallen Pokkudan” at an International Seminar themed Dalit Historiography at Jamia Millia Islamia.

  12. Venugopal, R. (April 2013). “Adivasi Predicaments in Kerala: Reading Narayan’s Thenvarikka and “The Boats are Burned” at an International Seminar at Telengana University.

  13. “Polemics of Difference, Cultural Identity, and Faith in Multicultural Societies” at a National Seminar held on February 19-21, 2013, at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad.