Dr. Devaleena Das

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Professional title

Assistant Professor



Devaleena Das earned a Ph.D in postcolonial and feminist studies of space and corporeality in Australian Women’s Writing from the University of Calcutta (2012). She received a Foreign Endowment Fellowship (2009) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane for her Ph.D dissertation. Before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete her postdoctoral research on corporeal feminism (2014-17), Das was an assistant professor of women’s literature at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi (2012-14). Prior to joining UMD, she taught transnational feminist studies at Northern Arizona University (2017-18). As a transnational feminist scholar, her pedagogical concern in classroom teaching is to demarginalize feminist praxis, by confronting the narrow dichotomies of academia vs activism, theory vs method, and individualism vs collaboration. 

Research and Publications

Her research explores how and why we need to move beyond corporeal paradigms of fragmentation versus wholeness; biology versus technology; and individual versus collective cultural identity of the body. Her current monograph (Stripping the Anatomical Parts) analyzes transnationally the representation of fragmented, disabled and incomplete body parts and their dialectic of resistance in feminist and queer literature, visual art, and dance in order to unsettle the conventional boundaries of embodied identity. Central to her work is how to liberate corporeality from the asymmetric political and intellectual constraints of corporeal theory in Eurocentric feminist and queer studies. Writing across interdisciplinary fields, her scholarship spans several geographical and cultural boundaries. Her co-edited book Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East (Rutgers University Press, 2018) examines representations of “transgressive” female sexuality stretching from Iran to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, China and Japan. Das has co-edited Claiming Space: Australian Women’s Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); has edited Alice Walker’s The Color Purple: Critical Perspectives (Pencraft International, 2016) and is the author of Critical Study of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (Atlantic Publishers, 2014). Her writing has been featured in several peer-reviewed journals including Hecate and Families among others. Das has also delivered various lectures, plenary and keynote addresses on transnational feminism and desire and corporeality including The University of Queensland; James Cook University, Queensland; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mc Master University, Canada; Edgewood College and St. Xavier’s Collegiate University Calcutta among others. 

Areas of Focus

  • Transnational Feminism and Sexuality Studies
  • Corporeal Feminism
  • Feminist Research and Methodologies
  • Crip Studies 
  • Religion and Sexuality 
  • Gender and War on Terror
  • Cultural Studies (Australian and South Asian)
  • Migration and Diaspora Studies 
  • Medical Humanities

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Transnational Feminism
  • Feminist and Queer Methods and Methodologies
  • Women, Gender, Identity, and Ethnicity
  • Transnational Perspectives of Gender, Body and Corporeal Feminism
  • Gender, Women and Cultural Representation
  • Inscribing the Body Through Life Narratives of Women
  • Women in Cross Societal Perspectives
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Women and Films

Webpage: http://devi-anatomophilia.space/