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Pujarinee Mitra

Ph.D. Program
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  • pmitra@tamu.edu
  • LAAH 539
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Bio

Pujarinee Mitra is a PhD student at Texas A&M University, College Station. She graduated with an MA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Spring 2020. Her thesis was on the use of personal documents by three women characters in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness to record affects and function as a tool of anti-fascist resistance. She holds another MA in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. The questions that inform her research are: What is the function of affect within anti-fascist feminist resistance in India? How is this function represented in Anglophone literature from India and Bollywood films?
She has presented in conferences like the MLA, MMLA, Annual Conference of South Asia, Madison, and NeMLA. She has recently published an article, “The Vande Bharat Scam: Women, Social Standing, and Evacuation Flights to India under Covid-19” in Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Vol. 44, Issue 1, Spring 2021. Her article, “Women and Anti-Fascist Resistance in India: Personal Documentation in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” is has been published in the same journal (Vol. 44, Issue 2, Summer 2021). She has also published several pieces on contemporary Bollywood films for general reading online.

Office Hours:

Tue. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (either in-person or via Zoom; or by appointment under special circumstances)

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Transnational Literatures
  • South Asian Literature and Cinema
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Affect Theory

Accomplishments

Publications (peer-reviewed):

  • “Women and Anti-fascist Resistance in India: Personal Documentation in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 44, no. 2, Summer 2021, pp. 155-166.
  • “The Vande Bharat Scam: Women, Social Standing, and Evacuation flights to India under COVID-19”. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 44, no. 1, Spring 2021, pp. 83-95.

General Reading:

  • “Emotional Repression and the Home in Aami Ashbo Phirey”, Film Companion, December 2, 2020.
  • “Masculinities and Shahrukh Khan”, Film Companion, November 3, 2020.
  • “Revisiting Om Shanti Om: Bollywood’s Parasocial Relationships and Social Hierarchy”, Film Companion, September 6, 2020.

Conference presentations (selected):

  • (Forthcoming) “Women and Anti-fascist Resistance in India: Personal Documentation in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, Annual Conference on South Asia; October 2021; Madison, USA.
  • “Patriotic Genre, Fear, and Appropriation in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se”, North East Modern Language Association (NeMLA); March 2021; Philadelphia, USA.
  • “Women of Shaheen Bagh: Care as a method of Anti-fascist Resistance”, Modern Language Association (MLA); January 2021; Toronto, Canada.
  • “Resisting Foucault’s Heterotopic Model of the Ship: A reading of Ibis and the Women in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies”, Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA); November 2019; Chicago, USA.
  • “Reading the train compartment for women as a ‘safehouse’ in Anita Nair’s Ladies’ Coupe”, Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA); November 2019; Chicago, USA.
  • “Of the Artistry in Zoya Akhtar’s Made in Heaven”, Annual Conference on South Asia; October 2019; Madison, USA.

Awards:

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (2018-2019)