Graduate Students in British and Post-ColonialLiterature
I attended UMASS Amherst as an undergraduate and I am very excited to continue my education here. I am a MA student focused in British Literature, particularly female writers of Medieval France and Britain. My Masters Thesis will discuss identity and self-image revealed through a selection of these texts. 'Liminal Spaces and Identities,' my recent research paper, examined the various spaces within Marie de France's twelve Lais and the reflection of those constructs on her identity both as a writer and as a noble woman of Medieval France.
Working Dissertation Title: "Seeing Blindness: Blindness, (In)Visibility, and the Great War in Literary Modernism" Areas of Interest: modernism, visual culture, perception, representations of war.
My areas of interest include twentieth century Irish literature, postcolonial theory, literary nationalisms, the transnational, and theories of the short story and of the novella. Having entered with an MA in Anglo-Irish literature earned at University College Dublin, I have completed two years in the PhD program at UMass and am scheduled to take area exams in the fall.
I am a fourth year PhD student in the English Department. Recently, I spent a year in the School of Education earning my Secondary Education License as well. My research interests include trauma and memorial sites in WWI, writing under the influence of alcohol and opium in Victorian Literature, and social justice in education. I am currently preparing to take my area exams in the fall of 2012.
Thiruvarangan is a second year MA/PhD candidate. He obtained a BA special degree in English from the University of Peradeniya in 2009. Thiruvarangan’s academic interests lie in the areas of Marxist Theory, Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Literary Studies, Sociolinguistics and English Language Teaching. He wrote his undergraduate dissertation on the title "Home and Homeland: The Politics of Narrating the Exodus of 1995."
I am in my fourth year of the MA-Ph.D. program, finishing coursework in the fall and working on my areas exams in the spring. My current project focuses on postcolonial and transnational fictions engaging with labor, empire, migration, and diaspora. In particular, I study the routes of migratory labor in the late 20th/early 21st centuries and how they shape the relationship between citizenship, nations, and multinational or diasporic communities. This year, I will TA for ENG131 Society in Literature (Fall 2012) and ENG132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture (Spring 2013). I am co-chair--with Sean Gordon--of this year's interdisciplinary graduate conference, a member of the English Graduate Organization, and a representative to the department's Graduate Studies Committee. I enjoy biking, skiing, and cocktails.
I am beginning my fourth year in the MA/PhD program, and working toward narrowing my interests and focus within postcolonial studies. I'm interested in the way postcolonial novels engage with and question the idea of 'failure' in their structure, form, aesthetics, and politics in service of decolonial politics.