Dr. Ananda Amritmahal

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer
Field of Specialization: English Literature, Feminist Literary Criticism, Indian Literature in English
Name: Dr. Ananda Amritmahal
Official Address and Designation: Vice-Principal (Admin.)
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of English
& Hon. Coordinator, Sophia Centre for Women's Studies
and Development
Sophia College for Women
Bhulabhai Desai Road
Mumbai 400 026
Telephone (O): 91-22-23512642
E-mail: anandarscj@gmail.com
Duration of Grant: Four months
Lecture Topics:

  • Women Writing in India, highlighting the role of literature and myth in reinforcing stereotypical images of women and in shaping our own perceptions of who we are, our place in the world and how we should behave
  • Various aspects of Indian culture like Indian mythology, women mystic poets, yoga, dance (with a special focus on Bharat Natyam) and spirituality
  • Feminist re-readings of Christian and Hindu scriptures
  • Feminist re-reading of myth in literature
  • A comparative study of Dalit and Black American writing etc
  • Indian women's writing, especially the work of Shashi Deshpande and Mahasweta Devi
  • Indian poetry in English

Academic Background :
Ph. D. English Literature, Feminist Literary Criticism, Indian Literature in English Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay 2006
M.Phil. English Literature, Indian Literature in English SNDT University, Mumbai 1995
M.A. English Literature, American Literature University of Mumbai, Mumbai 1993
Professional Background :
Vice-Principal (Admin), Head of Dept., Associate Professor, Coordinator Sophia College for Women and Sophia Centre for Women's Studies and Development, Mumbai 1991-till date
Social Welfare Research Officer Dr. Bandorawalla Leprosy Hospital, Pune 1984-1987
Project Officer Education to Reality Network, Delhi 1982-1984
Teacher St. Anne's High School, Mumbai 1980-1982
Dr. Ananda Amritmahal