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Dr Sujala Singh 

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Sujala Singh is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton.

Sujala Singh joined English in October 1996; she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008.

Education:
PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
MA, Purdue University, USA
BA, Calcutta University, India

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Research interests

My research interests include post-colonial literatures and theory, popular culture, feminism and contemporary fiction.

Research projects

Monograph: Postcolonial Children: Representing the Nation in South Asian Literature.
Saleem Sinai, who announces himself “mysteriously handcuffed to history” on the first page of Midnight’s Children, is one of a new breed of literary children who appear in South Asian fiction in English from the 1980s onwards: these are children who are confident, bourgeois and absolutely central to the narrative. Children and adolescents have appeared in South Asian writing in English since the 1930s and 1940s, in the novels of Mulk Raj Anand and R K Narayan, for instance. In the 1960s and 1970s, they signify entrapment for female protagonists caught in the numbing domesticities of bourgeois living in the fiction of women writers such as Attia Hosain, Kamala Markandaya and Anita Desai. But children in these early novels are rarely central: their consciousness, their points-of-view (always in the third person) and their voices remain tangential to adult stories and adult plots. This book traces the appearance of the literary child in Indian writing in English from the 1930s and explores the emergence of the post-1980s articulate, intelligent and narcissistic child in the fiction of such writers as Salman Rushdie, Bapsi Sidhwa, Amitav Ghosh, Shyam Selvadurai and Arundhati Roy.

Research project(s)

International Writing Project - Dormant

The project involved visits and readings by leading international writers, a conference on international migration, and creative writing workshops with local schoolchildren.

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Dr Sujala Singh
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number:65/2045

Telephone:(023) 8059 3413
Email:S.Singh@soton.ac.uk

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