Dr. Deborah Logan

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher
Field of Specialization: English Language Literature (19th & 20th
Name: Dr. Deborah Logan  
Official Address: Department of English, College of Arts and
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Indian Host Institution: Jadavpur University
Kolkata, West Bengal
Duration of Grant & Start Date : Duration: 4 months
January 2012

Brief Bio:
Dr. Deborah Logan graduated from the Hamilton College majoring in english and Asian studies. She completed her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in British literature of the long-nineteenth-century; and her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina majoring in victorian literature and the novel. She has published three monographs: "Fallenness in Victorian Women's Writing" (1998); "The Hour and the Woman: Harriet Martineau's 'somewhat remarkable' Life" (2002); and "Harriet Martineau, Victorian Imperialism, and the Civilizing Mission" (2010). She has transcribed, edited and published five volumes of manuscript letters by Harriet Martineau with two more forthcoming (2011), plus an additional fifteen volumes of Martineau's fiction and nonfiction writing (one forthcoming 2012) and a volume on Florence Nightingale's political activism. Dr. Logan has served as editor and general manager of Victorians: a Journal of Culture and Literature (formerly Victorian Newsletter) since 2007. Her new research project is Indian writing in English during the long-nineteenth-century, focusing on women authors of both creative writing (fiction, poetry) and nonfiction, especially reformist and nationalist writing, during the colonial through pre-independence period. Her teaching and research interests include World Literature, Indian Cinema, and classical dance and opera, East and West.

Dr. Logan's Fulbright–Nehru research project is based on Indian writing in English during the long-nineteenth-century, with a particular focus on Indian women writers. In terms of literary genres, of interest are both creative writing (fiction, drama, and poetry) and nonfiction, particularly reformist and nationalist writing during the colonial through pre-independence period. As a Fulbright-Nehru scholar, she will pursue archival research throughout India, visiting National Libraries, Asian Societies, and other archives relevant to the project in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. Her project is a book-length comparative study of writing about India by British women (the empire writes) and by Indian women about themselves (the empire writes back).