Shilpa Bhat

Assistant Professor
PhD (Gujarat University)
Areas of interest
South Asian Narratives, Canadian Studies
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Dr. Shilpa Daithota Bhat is Assistant Professor in Ahmedabad University, Gujarat, India.  Her areas of interest are South Asian Literature, Diaspora and Postcolonial theories, Canadian Studies and Children’s Literature. She was a Visiting Professor to McGill University, Montreal (2017) and York University, Canada (2015). She visited Trinity College, University of Toronto (Commonwealth Fellowship), University of Western Ontario, Korea University (PANCS Grant) for research and conferences.She has authored Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 (Lexington, Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2017); edited Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku (Edited Anthology, Rowman and Littlefield, Maryland, US, 2018). Her co-edited book Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts is forthcoming with Rawat Publishers, Jaipur.

Key Publications/Recent


Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 ( Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Maryland, US, 2017)

Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku (Edited Anthology, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Maryland, US, 2018)

Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts.  (Co-edited Anthology, Accepted)

Journal Articles

“Sikh Diasporic Negotiations: Indian and Canadian History in Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?”. Sikh Formations. Vol. 14. No. 1. Abingdon UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). 1-16. 2018.

“Children’s Literature, Management Concepts and Interdisciplinarity”. The Atlantic Literary Review Quarterly. Vol 18, Issue 1. Atlantic Publishers: Delhi. 2017. 11-29.

Chapters in Edited Anthologies

“Inhabiting Trishanku in Canada: Threshold Experience in the Oeuvre of M. G. Vassanji”. In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Culture and Literature (Canadiana Series). Ed. Stefan L Brandt. Frankfurt, Oxford et al.: Peter Lang. 2017. 47-59.

""The Return of the Native": Homecoming 'Returnee' Migrant in M.G. Vassanji's Narratives". 2018. The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature. Ed. Fongang Delphine. Lanham, US: Rowman and Littlefield-Lexington. 111-123.

“East-West Interfaces: Maritime Links, Imperialism and Diaspora in the Ibis Trilogy”. Eastern and Western Synergies and Imaginations. Editor: Katrine K Wong. Boston, Leiden: Brill. (Forthcoming)

“Women Within Precincts: Colonialism and Racialization in The Madwoman in the Attic, Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre. Liberating Herself: Emancipationist Writing at the Fin de Siècle. Ed. Elena Shabliy. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Forthcoming)

“Bollywood Dreams and the Canadian Movie Business”. Performing Narratives of Migration: Critical Essays on South Asian Diasporic Cinema and Theatre. Eds: Ajay K Chaubey and Ashvin I Devasundaram. Jaipur: Rawat Publishers. 2017. 68-73.

"The Collapse of the American Dream: Representation of Anguish Post 9/11 in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist". Interrogating Terrorism: Role of Media and Literature. Eds. Joshi and Walia. Jaipur: Yking Books. 2017. 88-98.

"'Othering the Writer: Pavan K Varma's Translation of Gulzar, Translation Theory and Critical Pedagory". Literary Theory: Textual Application. Ed. SK Saagir Ali. Delhi: Atlantic Publishers. 2017. 110-116.

Book Review

Book Review of Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India and the Afrasian Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2013), by Gaurav Desai, South Asian Review: Journal of the South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Pennsylvania. (Forthcoming)

Courses Offered:

  • Academic Reading and Writing
  • Indian Diaspora and Global Economies
  • World Literature
  • Indian Literature in Translation
  • Communication for Management
  • Effective Reading and Comprehension

  • Invited international seminar on “Hackneying Hybridity?—Canadian Immigrant Experience in M. G. Vassanji’s Fiction”, York University, Canada; December 27, 2015.

  • Presented paper in the multidisciplinary conference organised by the University of Western Ontario, Canada, on May 12, 2012. Title of the Paper: “Pushing Political Regimes to the Brink of Precipice: The Anna Hazare Movement in India”.

  • Presented paper in the International Conference organised by Pacific-Asia Network of Canadian Studies on October 6, 2011, in Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Title of the Paper: “Contemporary India through Generalist Narratives: “Eyes” and Perspectives”.

  • Presented paper in the International Conference organized by Forum of Contemporary Theory, Baroda in Jaipur. Title of the Paper: “Considering Interdisciplinary Studies in Children’s Literature and Management-The Creativity Perspective”; December 19 – 21, 2011.

  • Presented paper in the Delhi Sahitya Akademi Symposium (jointly organised by the Sahitya Akademy Parishad, PDPU and GU Universities) on October 28, 2012 in Ahmedabad. Title of the paper: “Geographic Configurations, Culture and Ethos through Cartoon Films: Vikram and Betaal Via the Visual Medium”

  • Presentated paper in the National Conference in PDPetroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Title of the Paper: “The Subtext of Economics and the Diasporic Experience in Indo-Canadian Literature”; April 3-4, 2014.

  • Presented paper in the UGC National Seminar organised by Gujarat University, Department of English, on December 6, 2011 in Ahmedabad, India. Title of the Paper: “The Dalit Struggle: Insights and Perspectives of two Journalists”

  • Organising Member of the National Colloquium on Indian Women Writers in English, November 12 and 13, 2011; organised jointly by the Delhi Sahitya Akademi and Department of English, Gujarat University.


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