Women’s and Gender Studies

Prathim Dora-Laskey

Global/Postcolonial/Anglophone Literatures, World Literatures in English, Twentieth Century British Literature, Women’s Studies, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Childhood Studies, Ecocriticism, and Gender Studies.


English, Women’s & Gender Studies

Educational Background

  • D.Phil candidate in English Literature at the University of Oxford (U.K.)
  • M.Phil in English Literature from the University of Madras, India.
  • M.A. in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Madras, India.
  • B.A. in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Madras, India.

I am...

…a believer in making connections between of the events of our present world, literature, and theory. I believe in literature as an account of current and lived-in realities rather than as historical phases or eras.

…a promoter of social justice through literature. Naturally, I do my best to incorporate notions of fairness, inclusiveness, and active listening in our class contract.

…an enabler of informed and mindful activism so we can transfer our intellectual engagement to social justice practice. 

My career at Alma began in


Signature course(s):

Literature and Gender ENG 120; Children in World Literature ENG 240; New Literatures in English ENG 420; Contemporary Global Literatures ENG 380; Introduction to Feminism WGS 101; Gender and Media WGS 102.

Recent publications:

  • An Introduction to Post-Structuralism. Bangalore: Orient Longman, 2014. Print.
  • “Women in Postcolonial Literature” in The Wiley Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literature. Ed. Henry Schwarz. New York: Wiley, 2014. Print.
  • “Corporeal Realities: Reading Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding as an Entwicklungsroman. Carson McCullers Society Newsletter 4 (2001): 1-5. Print. 
  • “Rose Campbell and Rose in Bloom in The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia Eds. Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001. Print. 
  • “Commonwealth Literature in South Asian Literature in English. Ed. Jaina Sanga. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004. Print.
  • “Queered Queens: Sexual Empiricism and Gendered Empires in Shekar Kapur’s The Bandit Queen and the Elizabeth duology. South Asian Review. 29.4. 2008. Print.  
  • “Dowry in The Encyclopedia of Infanticide. Eds. Brigitte H. Bechtold and Donna Cooper Graves. New York: Mellen, 2010. Print. 

Recent presentations:

  • “Novel Kids on the Block: Child Dissidents and Postcolonial Discontent in Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy (1994) and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things (1997).” SALA-MLA Annual Meeting, Chicago IL 2014.
  • “The Nation and Its Discontents.” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA. February 2014.
  • “Ta(l)king Back-The Postcolonial Challenge of Salman Rushdie’s Postmodern Game” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA. February 2013.
  • “Postcolonial Chic/Postcolonial Cheek: Rushdie’s PostStructural Game.” ACLA Annual Meeting, Toronto. April 2013.
  • “Mangai: Performing from Edge to Privilege. SALA-MLA Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. January 2012.” 
  • “Hey Girl, Let’s Dismantle the Master’s House: Photoshopping Ryan Gosling as a Feminist Mascot.” ACA/PCA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. 2012.

  • “What is Childhood Studies and how do we teach it in the classroom? Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY, May 2008.”
  • “REMIX! Negotiating Assimilation, Identity, Secularism and Otherness the Second Time Around: the Subculture of Desi Music.” SALA, Washington D.C., December 2005. 

Creative work:

Poetry in Yemassee, Mirror, Voracity Beat, Blowfish, South Asian Review, and Cerebrations.

Poetry Editor at Jaggery (http://jaggerylit.com).

Prathim-Maya Dora-Laskey teaches English and Women’s Studies after graduate school on three continents. An alumna of Stella Maris College in Chennai (India), her awards include scholarships from the Pennathur foundation, the FSA board at the University of South Carolina, and a multi-year Violet Vaughan Morgan award from the University of Oxford (UK). A poetry editor at Jaggery and a current moderator at SAWNET (sawnet.org), she has published work in Contemporary South Asia, Interventions: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and South Asian Review. She lives with her partner and their four children (two human, two canine).