Areas of Interest & Expertise
Narratives of Illness and Disease, Life-writing, Popular Culture, Literary History
Neeraja is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.
Neeraja teaches literature at the University. She received her PhD from the University of Hyderabad in 2014. Her doctoral research focused on narratives of disease in contemporary public culture in India. These narratives include medical documentaries made by the Films Division, India and memoirs written by doctors and patients in the late twentith century in India about the experience of illness and its treatment.
Texts from the years before and after Independence to the India of 2020.
Looking at the eighteenth century in English writing, known as Romanticism.
‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’
– Oscar Wilde
Publications and Writings
- “The Grotesque Body and Agency in Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love”. The IUP Journal of American Literature 1.1 (2008) 33 – 39.
- “You’ve Been Hit by A Smooth Liminal: Framing Michael Jackson’s Ailing Celebrity Body”. Gnovis: Georgetown University’s Journal of Communication, Culture and Technology 11. 2 (2011).
- “From Contamination to Community: Octavia Butler’s Clay’s Ark”. Excursions. 2. 1 (2011).
- “Imagining Bio-Disaster, Reproducing Social Order: Epidemics in Contemporary Hollywood”. Journal of Creative Communications’ special issue on “Disaster Communications: Media, Crisis and Representation” 7. 1 – 2 (March – July 2012) 135 – 151.
- “Doctor-Writers and Their Literary Inheritance: A Review of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”, Ravenshaw Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies Volume 3 (January 2013) 124 – 132.
- “The Dialectics of Visibility: Locating AIDS and the Big ‘H’ in My Brother Nikhil and My Own Country”. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific Issue 32 (July, 2013).
- “Performing the Pathologized Body as a Spectacle of Excess: Reading the Medical Documentaries of the Films Division, India”. Studies in South Asian Film and Media (Forthcoming, 2016).
- “Professional Cosmopolitanism in the Medical Bildungsroman: Narrating the Global Relevance of the Doctor’s Local Practice in Abraham Verghese’s My Own Country and Atul Gawande’s Complications”. Postcolonial Text (Forthcoming, 2016).