Shilpa Bhat

Assistant Professor
PhD (Gujarat University)
Areas of interest
South Asian Narratives, Canadian Studies, Diaspora Studies and Postcolonialism
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Dr. Shilpa Daithota Bhat is Assistant Professor (Communication Area).  Her areas of interest are South Asian Literature, Diaspora and Postcolonial theories, Canadian Studies and Children’s Literature. She was a Visiting Professor, McGill University, Montreal (2017); International Visitor, York University, Canada (2015). She visited Trinity College, University of Toronto (Commonwealth Fellowship, 2011-12), University of Western Ontario (2011), Korea University (PANCS Grant, 2011) for research and conferences.She has authored Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 (Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2017); edited Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku (Edited Anthology, Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2018). Her co-edited book Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts is forthcoming with Rawat Publishers, Jaipur. She is presently working on her edited project Alien Domiciles: Diasporic Inquiries into South Asian Women’s Narratives (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield).

Key Publications/Recent


Presently working on the edited project Alien Domiciles: Diasporic Inquiries into South Asian Women’s Narratives (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield)

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, forthcoming with Rawat Publishers, Jaipur)

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) Volume 38, Issue 3. UK: Routledge, 2017.

Journal Articles

"Hackeneying Hybridity?: Fending Off 'Foreigness', Khoja Community and Hybridization in The Magic of Saida". Culture and Religion. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. Taylor and Francis. 2019. Accepted and Forthcoming.

"e-Diaspora, the Great War and Sikh Migration to Canada: Commemorating Buckam Singh". Sikh Formations. Abingdon UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). Accepted.

“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


"Afropolitanism and the Afro-Asian Diaspora in M. G. Vassanji's And Home Was Kariakoo". Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. Ed. James Hodapp. Bloomsbury Press: New York. Accepted.

"Historical Ripple Effects in Indo-Canadian Narratives: The 1984 Sikh Carnage in M. G. Vassanji and Anita Rau Badami". (E)razed Chapter: Remembering the Tales of Mourning Carnage'84. Ed. Ishmeet Saini. Orient-Blackswan, India. Forthcoming.

""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.

“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.

“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.



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 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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