Prathim-Maya Dora-Laskey

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


English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Educational Background

  • D.Phil in English Literature, University of Oxford, U.K.
  • M.Phil in English Literature, University of Madras, India.
  • M.A. in English Literature, Stella Maris College, India.
  • B.A. in English Literature, Stella Maris College, 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 build a fair and sustainable world. 

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

I’m considered an expert in the areas I teach, but I try to learn more every day.

Signature course(s):

Cosmopolitan England ENG 180/380 Travel course; From Dream to Meme--Social Justice and Rhetoric FYS 101; New Literatures in English ENG 420 (Capstone Seminar); Postcolonialism: Medieval to Contemporary ENG 241/381; Women’s Literature ENG 340; Contemporary Global Literatures ENG 380; Literatures of Globalization ENG 241; The Child in World Literature ENG 240; Reading, Writing, Research ENG 220; Introduction to Literature Studies ENG 120; English Rhetoric ENG 101; Introduction to Women’s Studies WGS 101; Local and Transnational Feminisms WGS 102; Gender and Mass Media WGS 102; Campus Tropes FYS 101.

Recent publications:

  • Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction in Keys to Literary Theory Series, Publisher: Orient Blackswan/Orient Longman).Forthcoming 2016. Series Editor, Andrew Slade.
  • “Ta(l)king Back: The Postcolonial Challenge of Salman Rushdie’s Postmodern Linguistic Game” inMapping Out the Rushdie Republic: Some Recent Surveys ed. Prasanta Bhattacharya and Sandeep Ain. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
  • “Beyond Borders: From Cartographic Distances to Cosmopolitan Agency in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice-Candy-Man (1988) and Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines (1988) in “Borders, Boundaries, and Margins” eds. Jana Fedtke and Pranav Jani. Philadephia: SALA, 36:3, 2016. Print.
  • “Women and/in Postcolonial Literature” in The Wiley Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. General Editors, Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz.  Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4443-3498-2. Print.
  • “No Each, No Other”: Narrative Hybridity and Collective Action in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.” Co-authored with Mary Reid. South Asian Review,Vol. 35, No. 3, 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:

  • “Forms of Passivity ACLA, Harvard University, MA. March 2016. 
  • Learning to Love The(ir) World: Feminist Spaces and Cosmopolitan Impulses in Queen (2014) and English Vinglish (2013). SALA-MLA, January 2016.
  • “Cosmopolitan Impulses in the Second Wave.” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA. February 2015.
  • “Beyond Borders: From Cartographic Distances to Cosmopolitan Agency in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice-Candy-Man (1988) and Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines (1988)” SALA-MLA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC 2015.
  • “The Nation and Its Discontents.” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA. February 2014.
  • “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 Post Structural 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 (

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 (, 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).