Dr. Gaana Jayagopalan

Associate Professor

Department of Language & Literature

Dr. Gaana Jayagopalan received her PhD degree in English from the University of Madras. Her doctoral work concerns mapping mobility of people and objects in the historiographic fiction of Amitav Ghosh.  The work is positioned within emerging domains of postcolonial literary studies. She completed her postgraduation and received her MPhil degree in English from University of Hyderabad. Dr. Gaana teaches Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, and Writing and Rhetoric Studies.

Dr. Gaana has several publications to her credit in journals including The South Asian Review, Literary Geographies, Radical Teacher among others. She has also contributed video lessons to select e-PG Pathasala and SWAYAM MOOC modules. Her current areas of research include studies in mobility and spatiality within the emerging field of Blue Humanities-an interdisciplinary area of study that concerns the ocean, archipelagic and related hydrographies.

  • “Spatial Pathologies: The Biopolitics of Disease, Death, and the Caste-Body in Ananthamurthy’s Samskara: A Rite for the Dead Man in the edited volume Pandemics and Epidemics in Cultural Representation, Springer Nature [Forthcoming].
  • “Affective Geographies and the Anthropocene: Reading Shubhangi Swarup’s Latitudes of Longing” in Journal of Dharma, June 2021.
  • “’Kew’rious Gardens: Of Literary Isolations, Mobility, and Curiosity in Virginia Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’” in Literary Geographies, December 2020.
  • “At the Interface of Colonial Knowing and Unknowing: A Critical Reading of the Golden Camellia Plot-line in Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke” in South Asian Review, July 2020.
  • “Amphibious Historiography:  A Critical Reading of Samanth Subramanian’s Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast” in Rupkatha Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, June 2020.
  • “Orality and the Archive: Teaching the Partition of India through Oral Histories in Radical Teacher, 2016.
  • ‘Echo-narrating Stories: Ecological Thought and Metanarrativity in Folktales” in Journal of Dharma, August 2014.
  • “Visual Culture, Spectatorship and Humanitarian Disaster: ‘Vanni Eli’ and the Representation of the Srilankan Civil War” in the Journal of Creative Communication. July 2012.

Part of Consultancy Project for the Graduate Engineers Trainees Boot Camp, Tata Electronics Group; facilitated “Effective Written Communication” module.

Conferences Organised and Coordinated:

  • “Food in/of Pandemic: An International Conference” organised by Christ University, Bangalore, in Collaboration with Liverpool Hope University, UK, May 2021.
  • Vachana 2021-Bodies: Between and Beyond” Annual National Postgraduate Seminar organised by Christ University, Department of English, April 2021.
  • “Refiguring English Studies in India: The Cultural Studies Turn and its Possibilities”, a one-day Symposium organised by Christ University in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, 2019.