Name: Dr Natasha W Vashisht
Designation: Assistant Professor and Head
Department affiliation: English
Education: MA, M.Phil, Ph.D English
Teaching Experience: 16 years
Current Employment :
Assistant Professor, Department of English at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, New Delhi.
Teaching and tutoring undergraduate classes. Tutoring postgraduate classes.
- UG: Seventeenth Century Poetry and Drama, American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, British Literature (renaissance poetry and Drama, Victorian Fiction)
- PG: Tutoring- Twentieth Century Poetry and Drama
- Research level – Doctorate
Research Undertaken/Interests: Twentieth Century Literature, Comparative Literature, Humour Studies, Studies in European Comedy, Modern European Drama.
M.Phil: Twentieth Century British Fiction. ‘Dystopian Visions in Orwell’s 1984, and Golding’s Lord of the Flies.’
P.hD: Studies in European Comedy, Commedia dell’arte, Humour Studies. ‘Tradition, Innovation, and Social Reform: Dario Fo’s Drama of Dissent.’
Chapters in Anthology:
- 2003 – Article on Bulbul Sharma. Published in an Anthology titled “South-Asian Novelists in English: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook.” S.A: Greenwood press.
Articles in Edited Books
- Forthcoming: January 2017 – “A demented but partly secure Society”: Imaging Human Depravity in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954) in Illusory Visions: Dystopian Themes in Contemporary Fiction. (Missouri, USA).
- Forthcoming: December 2016 – Article titled “ Folly, Foolery and the Fool: The Strange Case of Launcelot Gobbo in Merchant of Venice.” Prentice Hall India Publishers.
Articles in Journals:
- Hamlet Studies: An International journal of research on the Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.” Volume 25 (co -authorship with Prof. Manju Jaidka)
- 2008 – “Education? It’s asking questions all the time” – Proletarian Revolution in Arnold Wesker’s Roots.” Published in Dialog, Panjab University journal of Research (English), Number 13.
- 2006 – “Dark is a way and light is a place”: Death and Affirmation in the poetry of Dylan Thomas.” In New Horizons, Inter – disciplinary Journal of Research, (Spring 2006) MCM DAV College, Chandigarh.
- 2005 – Research Paper titled “Politics and Farce in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist.” Published in Dialog Panjab University journal of Research (English), spring .
- 2012 – Editorial on ‘200 Years of Charles Dickens’ published in The Tribune (10 April)
- 2002 – Book Review, Banana Flower-Dreams by Bulbul Sharma. Published in The Tribune (22 July).
Membership of learned bodies.
- Member of neMLA, North East Modern Language Association, U.S.A.
- Member of MELUS-MELOW, Multi Ethnic Literatures of the United States- Multi Ethnic Literatures of the World
- Awarded UGC Junior/Senior Research Fellowship Award for M.Phil and P.hD.
- University Gold Medal for MA English
- MG Singh Memorial Award (gold medal) for highest marks in Linguistics in MA English
- Awarded Sushma Swaraj Youth Award for excellence in Academics for MA English and M.Phil English at Punjab University. 2000
- University Topper in M. Phil English – 2000
- Class XII th Humanities Group Topper in Air Force Bal Bharti School, New Delhi. – 1993
- Class XII th CBSE Topper for highest marks in Geography – 97% Awarded National Citation.
Papers presented at International Conferences
- 2015 October- Presented an academic paper titled Dario Fo’s Proletarian feast: A Study of Satire, Farce and the Carnivalesque in Accidental Death of an Anarchist” at the Fourth International BAKEA Symposium: Humour, held on 7-8-9 October 2015 by the Departments of American Culture and Literature, English Language and Literature, French Language and Literature and German Language Literature in the Faculty of Science and Letters, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.
- 2016 February – Research Paper titled “ Unmasking Cultural Imperialism: Proletarian Arrogation in Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!” Presented at the MELUS-MELOW International Conference at Indraprastha University, Delhi, India from 19-21 February 2016.
- 2016 March – Research Paper for the panel ‘Still Laughing: Ancient Comedy and its Descendants’ titled “ From attic to commedia: Dissident Humour Traditions in the Popular Theatre of Dario Fo” presented at the annual NeMLA Convention at Hartford, Connecticut, USA from 17-20 March 2016.
- Forthcoming: 2017 March – Research Paper titled “Better to be a witty fool than a foolish wit”: The Development and Distortion of the servus callidus (clever slave) from Plautus to Shakespeare,” to be presented at the. 16th MELOW International Conference on “Facts, Distortions and Erasures: Literature as History; History in Literature” to be held at Hotel Parkview, Chandigarh, from March 3 to 5, 2017.
Invited talks, lectures and other Professional Academic Initiatives
- 2012 November – Chairperson of an Interview Board for the Rajya Sabha Recruitment Cell, Government of India, for the interviews of Junior Interpretation Officers.
- 2013 August – Set the English Language Question Paper for the written examination of Junior Interpretation Officers to be conducted by the Rajya Sabha Recruitment Cell, Government of India. Also graded the answer scripts for the same examination in December 2013.
- 2015 May – External Examiner for Post Graduate Seminars held at Department English and Culture Studies, of Indraprastha University, Delhi.
- June 2014 – 2015– Assistant Editor for a refereed Journal Dialog, a Department of English and cultural Studies (Punjab University) Journal of Research (English).
- 2005 – P.hD in English from the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.
- 2000 – M. Phil in English from the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.
- 1998 – M.A in English from the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.
- 1996 – B.A Honours in English from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. New Delhi