Dr. Shweta Kushal is a faculty member in the area of Communication. She has earned her doctorate in English Literature from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. She has taught various aspects of English Literature to undergraduate students of the University of Delhi such as Postcolonial Literature and Literary Theory and Criticism.
She works on intercultural spaces that migrants inhabit and the manner in which gender affects the experience of these spaces. Her Ph.D. thesis is a gynocentric study of Punjabi diaspora women’s narratives and explores issues of belonging, gender and identity. It establishes that identities are fluid and cannot be circumscribed by essentialist boundaries. Her work has been published in refereed international and national journals as well as in the form of book chapters.
Her research interests include Communication, Cultural studies, Media studies and Gender Studies
Kushal, Shweta. "Mnemonic Body of the Female Subject: ‘Personal’ in History in What the Body Remembers" in Gender and Diversity: India, Canada and Beyond. Book Chapter. Forthcoming
Kushal, Shweta and Evangeline Manickam. “(Dis)Honourable Paradigms: A Critical Reading of Provoked, Shame and Daughters of Shame” in the Routledge International Journal South Asian Diaspora. Vol.6, No.1, March 2014. Forthcoming.
Kushal, Shweta and Evangeline Manickam. “The Chimera of Multiculturalism and the Longing for Utopia: A Critical Reading of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me”. Performing Identities and Utopias of Belonging in American and British Contexts. Ed. Teresa Botelho and Iolanda Ramos. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 86-98. Print. Conference Proceedings.
Kushal, Shweta and Evangeline Manickam. “Womanhood beyond the Devi Syndrome: A Critical Analysis of Deepa Mehta’s Fire”. Eclectic Representations. 2.1 (2012): 183-192, Print.
Kushal, Shweta and Evangeline Manickam. “Race: The Colour of Belonging – A Comparative Analysis of Meera Syal’s Anita and Me and Ravinder Randhawa’s A Wicked Old Woman”. The 14th International Culture and Power Conference: ‘Identity and Identification’. University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain, 22-24 Apr. 2010. Forthcoming. Conference Proceedings.