English Department

Dr. Ashley Tellis
Associate Professor
E - mail id: ashley@sjc.ac.in
Area: English
Affiliation: St. Josephs College, Bangalore
Qualification:B.A, M.A, Ph.D


B.A English and American Literature Elphinstone College, Bombay University, 1989 (Merit List)
M.A English and American literature Bombay University,1991 (First Class First)
Ph.D Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry University of Cambridge, 1999

Academic Experience:
 More than 12 years of teaching in colleges and Universities in the United States, England, Europe and all over India

Courses Taught (only recent)

Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health/TISS/VU
MA (Counselling/Clinical Psychology/Social Work/Management and Policy Analysis in Health)
Foundation Courses (Sociology/Development Studies/Political Science/Economics)
Various courses in Research Methodology/Writing/Proposal Writing/Scientific Writing
Ran The Writing Centre
Health and Development
Health and Social Sciences

Jindal Global Law School, O.P.Jindal University, Haryana
English I for the BA LLB and BBA LLB
English II for the BA LLB and BBA LLB
Gender and the Law (Elective)
Philosophy and the Law (Elective)

Master Class on The Figure of the Minority, Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis (NICA) Master Class, University of Amsterdam, 13 June 2013

Department of English, Ramjas College
BA English Hons III Yr D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot
BA English Hons II Yr Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
BA English Hons I Yr Mohan Rakesh’s Halfway House, Indian Poetry: Nissim Ezekiel, Sri Sri, Jayanta Mahapatra

Department of English, Miranda House
BA English Hons III Yr Romantic Poetry (Blake to Keats)
BA Programme (Discipline) II Yr William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice and English Poetry (Renaissance to the 18th century)
BA Programme (Discipline) III Yr Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
BA Programme III Yr Creative Writing Paper (Poetry)
B El. Ed II Yr Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language
MA I European Comedy and 17th and 18th Century Drama (Optional Papers)
MA II American Literature (Optional Paper)

Department of English, Ramjas College
BA English Hons I Yr (Mohan Rakesh, Aadhe Adhure and Vijay Tendulkar, Ghasiram Kotwal)
BA English Hons II Yr 17th century literature (Aphra Behn, The Rover, Hobbes)
BA English Hons III Yr Contemporary Literature (Nadine Gordimer, My Son’s Story, Pablo Neruda, tutored Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
BA Programme I Fluency in English/Advanced English Grammar

Research Interests:
Post-colonialism, both theory and the teaching of texts from diverse sites, ranging from South Asia to Africa and the Caribbean to Latin America; Twentieth century Irish literature (especially women writers); Gay/Lesbian/Queer Theory and Writing, especially transnational queer identities; Feminist theory and women’s writing, especially in the twentieth century; Literary theory (especially Marxism/Cultural Materialism, Psychoanalysis); Survey courses in British Literature, particularly 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Translation Studies; Composition, Basic Writing, Journalism, Editing, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, English Composition

Publications (only recent):


Co-editor (along with Sruti Bala, University of Amsterdam) The Global Trajectories of Queer: Same-Sex Politics in the Global South (Amsterdam: Brill, 2015)

Confounding and Conserving: Re-thinking Criminal Law in India (with Latika Vashist and Amit Bindal (Orient Blackswan, 2018)
Productive Contaminations: Same-Sex Politics in Contemporary South Asia (2018)
Affirmative Abjection: Reading Marathi Dalit Autobiography (2019)
Observations of Rain: The Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry (2020)
Essays in anthologies

“Men in Feminism: LGBT and Feminist Entanglements over Masculinity” in Men in Feminism eds. Romit Chowdhury and Zaid al Baset (Routledge, 2017)
 “Violence Against the Law: Rethinking the Legal in Same-Sex Politics in South Asia” in anthology on law and violence eds. Jyoti Dogra Sood and Latika Vashisht (New Delhi, Indian Law Institute 2017)

“The Body’s Business’: David Malouf’s Corporeal Poetics and Politics” in ed. Someshwar Sati (Delhi: Bookland, 2015)
“Multiple Ironies: Same-Sex marriage for South Asians at Home and abroad,” in eds. Rajni Palrivala and Ravinder Kaur Love and Marriage in Contemporary South Asia (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2014)
Translation (with Rahul Sarwate) of Gauri Deshpande’s short story The Watermelon’ published in eds. Ira Raja and Kay Torney Souter Desiring Daughters: An Anthology of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Indian Literature (New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2010)
“Crab Theology: Women, Christianity and Conflict in the Northeast” (with V. Sawmveli) in ed. Preeti Gill Peripheral Centre: Voices from India’s Northeast (New Delhi: Zubaan, 2010)
“Ethics, Human Rights and LGBT Discourse in India,” in ed. Shashi Motilal Applied Ethics and Human Rights: Conceptual Analysis and Contextual Applications (Wimbledon: Anthem Press India, 2010) 151-70

Conferences (only recent)
“LGBT and the Law,” Sex and Death in Criminal Law, Indian Law Institute 26 September-October 1, 2016
“Fantasies of Knowledge: Rape as Event Since December 16, 2012,” Contesting Knowledge: Event, Truth, Politics Ramjas College and Venkateswara Colleges’ English Departments’ organized annual Conference, Ramjas College, Delhi, 26-27 March, 2015
“Theorising Jaat Masculiities: Problems and Possibilities, ” Dislocating Masculinity Revisited Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, 4-5 July, 2014
“Viewing Race, Religion and Identity Politics from the Global South,” Decolonizing Sexualities Network Workshop, University of Kent, Canterbury and Birkbeck College London, UK, 3–6 July 2013
“Rebuilding a Feminist Critique of Rape: Contesting “Queer” Antifeminism in India,” Somatechnics Conference, Linkoping University, Sweden, 17–19 June, 2013
“Bonds of Brokenness: Dalits, Theology, Same-Sex Minorities and the Ethical Horizon,” International Conference Dalit Theology in the Twenty-First Century: Entwining Subversive and Liberative Knowledges organised by the World Council of Churches, New Delhi December 14-16, 2012
“In Defence of the Canon: Re-thinking the Re-thinking of English Studies in India,” International Conference The Future of English Studies organised by The Department of English, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad November 15-17, 2012
Plenary Address: “Gender, Sexuality, Tribe in the Northeast: Some Reflections,” Thinking about Gender and Sexuality in the Northeast,” and participated in session “Formulating the Sexuality Question, Reformulating the Gender Question in Northeastern Tribal Studies,” Tribal Studies Centre, Assam University, Diphu Campus, March 30-31, 2012
“Rethinking “Women” in Women’s Poetry” Gender and Writing: A National Seminar, Department of English, Ramjas College February 16-17, 2012

Achievements and Awards:

One-month fellowship at the Centre for Globalization Studies, University of Amsterdam

International Fellowship from The Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast

Media Fellowship, Panos South Asia (Cultural Representations of the North East: Literary and Print Cultures)

2006 (not taken up) (To work on manuscript of Productive Contaminations)
Fernand Braudel Bourse/Hermes Fellowship at Maison des Sciences de L’Homme, Paris, France

Rockefeller Residency Fellowship in the Humanities, “Sex Race and Globalization” Project, University of Arizona (Same-Sex Politics in Contemporary India)

Won the Nehru Cambridge Scholarship to the University of Cambridge for a PhD

Won 11 academic scholarships, including the Kamal Wood Award for first position in the University at the M.A. (First Class First), B.A. (Merit List)


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