Current Students


Full Name:              Sagarika Chattopadhyay
Discipline:               English Literature
Supervisor:             Dr. Amarjeet Nayak
Institute Roll No:    11116102
Email Id:                   c.sagarika@iiti.ac.in

Personal Details

Sagarika is currently working on the novels of Amitav Ghosh with a view to studying them from a spatial perspective and thereby shedding light on the theoretical flexibility of the texts. Her core areas of interest are Postcolonial Studies, World Literature, Spatial Studies and Narrative Aesthetics. Her future interests lie in studying folklore from Bengal and Orissa, and contextualising them for and against the grain of World Literature in particular. An avid interest in World Literature stems from her Summer School experience at the Institute of World Literature, at Harvard University, June 24 - July 19, 2013.

Area of Research

The Novels of Amitav Ghosh: A Spatial Perspective

While concerns for authentic representations underlies all kinds of literary productions and theories, what is also interesting to note is that these representations are spatially coherent. The realist, postcolonial, world literary or cosmopolitan, all have spatial correlates which appropriate the concerns of authentic representation variously. The concept of geographical scales, is proposed for this thesis, to enable the slide across the spatial correlates that correspond to the above stated paradigms with a view to allow space and spaces for representations to emerge and interact. The materiality of spatial construction comes in handy since it allows a certain freedom of performance that seems otherwise to elude the somewhat tight classifications of literary works. Amitav Ghosh’s novels are well suited to a spatial analysis since they are hard to categorise under a single rubric of national or postcolonial or any other because of the way they appropriate space.

Papers Presented In National and International Conferences

Other-Isation: A Diasporic Experience In The Life Of An Immigrant Woman In The "Homecoming" By SuneraThobani in UGC National Seminar on Voicing the Silence: Redefining English Literary Studies 17th to 18th February 2012.

Waterways in Amitav Ghosh’s Texts: A Scalar Approach in the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies (IACLALS) Annual Conference 12th to 14th February 2015.

Geographical Scales and the Novels of Amitav Ghosh in the American Comparative Language Association (ACLA) Annual Conference at Seattle, for the seminar“ Shifting Cultural Geographies” 26th to 29 March, 2015.

Publications

Chattopadhyay, Sagarika and Jaya Shrivastava,&ldquoTransitional Identities and the Unhomed Space in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers‘, Asiatic 6.1(2012): 113-125.

Chattopadhyay, Sagarika and Amarjeet Nayak,“Performing the Stare in Indra Sinhas Animal's People", Disability and the Global South 1.1(2014): 29-43.