Pavithra Narayanan

Associate Professor of English, and Program Leader of English, and Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies (CCGRS)
Phone: (360) 546-9732
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Pavithra Narayanan's research analyzes categorical shifts taking place in the Indian political scene and in the realm of literature. Much of her scholarly work focuses on the intersections between literature and market forces, the politics of nation formation, consequences of neoliberalism, and contemporary indigenous and civilian resistance movements. Interdisciplinary not only in content, but also in form, her research uses the medium of film alongside the written word to explore articulations of the term “postcolonial.” Narayanan teaches courses on global and postcolonial literature and theory, film theory, and documentary film theory and production.

Honors and Awards
2011. Lewis E. & Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Scholar in English & Writing. Dept. of English, WSU.
2010 & 2011. Nominated for the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award, WSUV. Special Mention - 2011.
2010. Teacher of the Year. WSUV.
2009. Second Place, C. D. Narasimhaiah Prize by the Indian Association for Commonwealth Studies, India, for conference paper “Speaking in Tongues: Translation and Transnationalism.”
2001. Second Place in the "Documentary division: advanced category" Spindletop Film Fest Hosted by Lamar University, Texas – Film India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal.
2001. Finalist at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio – Film India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal.


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
Engl 309 [H] Women Writers Tu,Th 14.50-16.05 VLIB 265 Fall 2014
Engl 489 [DIVR] 20th/21st Century British and Postcolonial Literatures Mondays 6-8.40 VLIB 240 Fall 2014


  • Global and Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Documentary and Popular Film Theory and Production
  • Indigenous Literature, Land Rights, and Movements
  • Class, caste, and gender issues
  • Social Justice
  • Civil Liberties

Recent Publications

2012. What are you reading? The World Market and Indian Literary Production. New Delhi, Routledge.
Documentary Films
2000. India and Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal. Documentary Film. Distributed by Indie-India. (Indie-India is a New York based organization promoting independent cinema from India).
In post-production. “Facing North-East: Remembering Manipur, Manorama Unforgotten.”  (Preview). Producer, director, writer, and videographer for documentary on civil liberties, with a focus on the civil resistance by women in the State of Manipur.  

Selected Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
2014. “Patrick White and Australia: Perspective of an Outsider.” In Patrick White Centenary: The Legacy of a Prodigal Son. Eds. Cynthia vanden Driesen and Bill Ashcroft. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. 125-40.
2013. “Transcending Borders in Publishing: The example of Mallika Sengupta, Bengali Woman Writer.” In Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Women's Writing. Eds. Stephenie Young and Adele Parker. Rodopi Press, Amsterdam. 259-84.
2012. “Mapping Manipur.” In Countering Displacements: The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-ed Peoples. Eds. Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen, Wafaa Hasan, Agnes Kramer-Hamstra. U of Alberta Press, Edmonton: 115-50.
2010. “Speaking in Tongues: The Politics of Language in India.” Journal of the School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies (JSL): 7-22.

2010. “Economic Viability of Languages: An Interview with Nabaneeta Dev Sen.” Wasafiri 63: 4-8.


  • 2000 - M.A. Mass Communication, Miami University, Oxford, OH.
  • 1992 - Ph.D. English (Postcolonial Literature), Bharathidasan University, India.

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