Sathyaraj Venkatesan

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Sathyaraj Venkatesan is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. He earned his Ph.D in African American Literature from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur in 2008. He was a Fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, New York in 2006 and currently, an International Field Bibliographer with Publications of Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). His research concentrates on African American Literature, Cultural Studies, AIDS literary Narratives and Toni Morrison. His articles have appeared in The Explicator, International Fiction Review, MELUS, Notes on Contemporary Literature, American Notes and Queries (ANQ), Facts on File Companion to American Literature, Encyclopedia of African American Women, among others. He is presently guiding a graduate student working towards his thesis on AIDS narratives and African American literature.

Scholarships/Fellowships

  • 2010: Inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2011
  • 2009 : Library Fellowship, the Center for Contemporary Theory, Baroda, India. May 14th - June 12th .
  • 2007 : Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography Fellowship, Publications of Modern Language Association (PMLA), New York, USA
  • 2006 : School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) Fellowship, Cornell University, New York, USA.
  • 2004 - 2007 : Senior Research Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, India.
  • 2002 - 2004 : Junior Research Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, India.

Profile in Newspapers and Newsletters

  • Interview published in JoongAng Iibo (Korea’s National Newspaper) dated 21st of June 2005. p 8.
  • Women’s Worlds 2005 Newsletter. Ewoha University, Seoul, Korea. Dated June 23, 2005. Volume 5. p. 3.
  • MLA Newsletter Vol. 39.3 2007 p.15. and also in PMLA Directory. Vol. 123.4 Sept. 2008. p. 888.
  • Grapevine: Newsletter of IIT Kanpur, India. Vol. 2006-07-1.
  • Malayala Manorama (Palakkad Edition), Kerala. October 1997. p 3.

Ph. D Supervision

  • Name of the Candidate: Gokulnath. A
  • Title of the Thesis: “Corpses that Live”: Social Death and Coping in selected African American AIDS Literary Narratives.

Publications (International and National)

  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Toward a Theory of African American Motherhood.” Critical Perspectives on American Literature. Ed. P. Dhanavel. New Delhi, Sarup and Sons, 2008. 287-297.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Joe Varghese Yeldho. “History in Shreds: Reading Shashi Tharoor’s Riot.” Indian Writings in English. Ed. Binod Mishra and Sanjay Kumar. Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2005. 57-65.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Centering the Margins: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis.” Critical Responses to Feminism. Ed. Binod Mishra. New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2006. 191-200.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. ‘“From Pages to Real Life”: Oppositional Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Sula.’ Protest and Aftermath in Post-War Literature in English. Jaipur, Surabhi Publications: 2005. 171 – 181.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Color of Consciousness: A Selected Bibliography of African American Literature.” Indian Review of World Literature in English 5.1 (2009). 2 Feb. 2009 . ISSN: 0974 - 097X
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Pock-faced House”: Smallpox and Toni Morrison’s A Mercy. Notes on Contemporary Literature. 40.4 (2010): 2-4.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Toni Morrison’s “What Moves at the Margins.” (Book Review). MELUS. 34.1 (Spring 2009): 239-241. Special Issue on “Witnessing, Testifying, and History.”
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. ‘“Dragon Daddies and False Hearted Men”: Patriarchy in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Notes on Contemporary Literature. 35.5 (2005): 2-4.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. “Family and Parenting in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Notes on Contemporary Literature. 36.4 (2006): 9-10.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Toni Morrison’s Love.” In The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel. 3 Vols. Edited by Abby H. P. Werlock. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006, Vol. 2. 794-796. Also available in Facts On File, Inc. Bloom’s Literary Reference Online. . (Password Authentication Required).
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Toni Morrison’s Recitatif.” Facts on File Companion to Short Stories. Edited by Abby H. P. Werlock. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2007. (Published in 2007).
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. “Toni Morrison’s quarrel with the Civil Rights Ideology in Love.” The International Fiction Review. Vol. 34 (2007): 139 – 146.
  • Sathyaraj.V. Entry on Amelia E. Johnson. Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Greenwood/Heinemann Press: Westport, Connecticut, 2007. 309 – 311. ISBN: 0-313-33429-3
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Students Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC).” Africa and the Americans: Culture, Politics and History. Eds. Richard M. Juang and Noelle Morrissette. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, California. (2008). 1033 – 1034.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. “Jazz.” Encyclopedia of African American History. ABC-CLIO Publishers. USA. (2008).
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. “History in Inquisition: Postmodernist Poetics in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. ICFAI English Studies. Vol.II, No.1 (March 2007): 7-12.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Rev. of Love, by Toni Morrison. Journal of Literature and Aesthetics. 3 (2003): 178-179.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Joe Varghese Yeldho. “Psychosis, Incest and Narration”: Reading Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Readings. 2 (2004): 74-79.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj.“A Marxist Approach to Song of Solomon.” Littcrit. Vol. 31.2 (2005) 69-79.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Black Power Movement (US).” Encyclopedia of American History.Vol. 5. (2009).
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Joe Varghese Yeldo. “Trauma, Self and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” The Atlantic Literary Review. Vol. 6.4 (2005) 53-58. ISSN: 0972-3269
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. “Immigration and Labor Patterns in Toni Morrison’s Sula.” Notes on Contemporary Literature. 37.2 (2007): 9-11.
  • Mudhu Dubey’s “Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism.” (Book Review). American Notes and Queries (ANQ). 10.10 (2007): 57-60.
  • Entry on Ishmael Reed. Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Ed. Tarshia L. Stanley. Greenwood Press: Westport, Connecticut, 2009. 199 – 200.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. Toni Morrison’s Sula. The Explicator. 66.2 (Winter 2008): 113 – 115.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Gokulnath. A. “From the Paralysis of Fear to the Response of Solidarity.” The IUP Journal of American Literature. 3.3 (August 2010): 7 – 13.
  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Gokulnath. A. “‘HIV is not an Advocate”: Self-love, Self- respect and Responsibility in Marvelyn Brown’s The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive.” The IUP Journal of American Literature 4.3 (2011): 7-13.

Conferences/Seminars/Workshops

  • “Social Networking Sites (SNS) Enabled Language Learning.” International Seminar on Humanistic Language and Literature Teaching at the Department of English, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. 18th and 19th February, 2011.
  • “Breakup, Analyze and Dialogize”: AIDS Counternarrative in Delany’s Tale of Plagues and Carnivals.” 3-Day International Conference on Diversity in New Literatures. December 16th to 18th, 2010. Department of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal. (with Gokulnath. A)
  • “X-Fear: Politics of Media and Rhetoric of HIV/AIDS.” Fables of Fear organized by CPRACSIS: Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia. August 7 and 8, 2010, Thrissur, Kerala. (presented by Gokulnath. A).
  • “AIDS in Cultural Bodies: Scripting the Absent Subject.” Indian Association for American Studies (IAAS), 40th Annual Conference organized by Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in collaboration with the US Consulate, Chennai. 15th August to 17th August 2010.
  • “FACE the TWEET in the ELT Classroom.” Paper presented in the National Seminar on “Teaching of General and Technical English at Department of English, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. 5th and 6th February, 2010
  • “Glocal Feminism: Bridging Minority Feminism and Third World Feminism.” Paper presented in the 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women organized by Ewha Womans’ University, Seoul, Korea in affiliation with Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies. June 19 – 24, 2005.
  • “Culture, Identity and African Americans.” Paper presented in the National Seminar on “The Contentious Question of Culture(s) in Contemporary Societies” organized by the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, India. March 1 – 3, 2007.
  • “Ain’t a Woman?: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis.” Presented in the International Conference on “Worlds in Discourse: Representations of Realities” organized by the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. November 21- 23, 2005.
  • “(Tran)Scripts on Black Skin”: Body Scars, Subversion and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Paper presented in the 11th International Cultural Studies Workshop on “Cultures on Body” held at International Center, Goa. January 23-28, 2006. Supported by the Ford Foundation (India), the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) and SEPHIS of International Institute of Social History (IISH), the Netherlands.
  • ‘“History in Inquisition”: Locating Postmodern Poetics in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.’ Paper presented in the International Conference on “Post-Modernism, Globalization and the Media” organized by Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahamadabad (MICA) India in collaboration with Limerick University, Ireland and Tokyo Urban Technology, Japan. March 5 – 7, 2005.
  • “‘An Experimental Life’: Ethics and Irresponsibility in Toni Morrison’s Sula.” Paper presented in the International Conference on “Irresponsibility” organized by the Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Technical University (NTU), Singapore. September 28-31, 2006.
  • “And I will teach you what you are hungry for”: The Politics of Food and Culinary Practices in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” Conference on Cultural History of Culinary Practices in NE India organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati. December 1 – 2, 2007.
  • “Fractured History: Reading Shashi Tharoor’s Riot.” Paper presented in a National Seminar (under the aegis of UGC) on Familial Relations and Society in Contemporary Indian Writing in English organized by the Department of English, DAV College, Kanpur, India. February 17 - 18, 2005.
  • “Bridging the Difference: Converging Postcolonial Feminism and Black Feminism.” Paper presented in the International Conference on Commonwealth Literature organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee, India. October 13-15, 2005.
  • ‘“Be true to the Earth”: Nature and Ecological Imagination in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.”’ Paper presented in the Third World Conference and XI All India English Teachers’ Annual Conference organized by Department of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai, in association with the World Association for Studies in Literatures in English (WASLE) and Indian Association for Studies in Contemporary Literature (IASCL) held at MCC, Chennai. December 20 – 21, 2004.
  • ‘“From Pages to Real Life”: Oppositional Consciousness in Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ and Sula.’ Presented in the International Conference on “Protest and Aftermath in Post-War Literature in English” organized by the Department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in English, Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur in association with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India. August 26 – 27, 2004.
  • “Black Bourgeoisie: Reading Class and Race in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.”’ Paper presented in the International Conference on Past and Future Perspectives: Negotiating Contemporary Theory, Criticism and Culture in Crisis organized by the department of English, Meerut University, Meerut, India. February 10 – 14, 2004.
  • ‘“Byte in the class”: Internet assisted Teaching and Learning.”’ National Seminar on Recent Developments in English Language Teaching organized by the Department of English, Juhari Devi Girls’ Post Graduate College, Kanpur, India. November 19 – 20, 2004.
  • “Politics of History.” XXXIX National Conference on Women and American Studies Concerns, Conditions and Contributions organized by Indian Association for American Studies and the Department of English, Auxilium College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. September 6 – 8, 2007.
  • “Panic Bodies”: The Birth of AIDS Literary Narratives.” International Seminar on The Novel in the Twenty-first Century: Text and Context at the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad, Allahabad. November 29 – December 1, 2009.
  • Participated in the National Workshop on Technical Communication. Feb. 27th and 28th Feb, 2009. Organized by Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Technopark Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala.
  • Participated in the National Conference of “Young Scholars on Indian Philosophy, Science and Culture” held from 23rd – 25th January, 2004 at Jamia Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar. New Delhi, India. 2004.
  • Participated in a National Seminar on “Translation – Indian Perspectives” at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad – Kerala, India. 2004.
  • “Be True to the Earth: Ecological Imagination in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy” at 6th Biennial Toni Morrison Conference. Paris, France. 4th November to 7th November 2010.
  • “Online Communities, Social Networking Sites, Teaching English.” National Seminar on Technology Integrated Language Teaching organized by the Department of English in association with University of Cambridge ESOL Exams, B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai. 1st and 2nd March, 2012.
  • “Plotting the Crisis: HIV/AIDS and African American Response.” International Conference on Recent Trends in Literature: A Global Perspective organized by Department of Languages, Garden City College, Bangalore. 27th and 28th January 2012. (with Gokulnath. A).
  • Participated in a Workshop on “Empowering Yourself through Communicative Skills” jointly organized by the Computer Society of India, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Professional Communications Society held at Anna University, Chennai. 29 – 30, October, 2011.

Citations

  • Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. ‘“Dragon Daddies and False Hearted Men”: Patriarchy in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Notes on Contemporary Literature. 35.5 (2005): 2-4. Included in the International Annotated Bibliography of Toni Morrison Scholarship, Toni Morrison Society, Georgia, USA. .
  • Liu, Chiou-Mei. “The Economy of Gift in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, 2007. 32.
  • Yuwen, Liu. Aesthetics of Existence: On Technologies of the Other in Toni Morrison’s Love. Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, 2009.
  • Gillespie, Carmen. Critical Companion to Toni Morrison. NY: Facts On File, 2008. 461.

Book Published

Book in progress

  • “AIDS in Cultural Bodies”: Scripting the Absent Subject (1980 – 2000) (Contract with the Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle, (UK) with a tentative deadline of December 1, 2015).

Popular Articles

  • “Narratives of Hope”. Literary Review, The Hindu. 04 December 2011 (Sunday). p. 5. (with Gokulnath. A). Print. Also available in http://www.thehindu.com/arts/books/article2681005.ece
  • “HIV/AIDS and Celluloid.” The Hindu Magazine. p. 4. 27 November 2010. (with Gokulnath. A). Print. Also available in http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/article918724.ece

Academic Signposts

  • 2000: Qualified in the National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship conducted by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
  • 2000: Qualified in the National English Language Test Service (NELTS) jointly conducted by CIEFL and Orient Longman.

Pedagogical Training

  • 2008 : National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research, Chennai. “Instructional Design and Delivery System.” August 21 – August 27.

Summer School

  • 2008: VI Theory/Praxis Course. June 16 – July 12, 2008 at the Department of English, Goa University. Organized by the Forum for Contemporary Theory.
  • 2006: Awarded full fellowship to participate in the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. June 18 - July 28, 2006. Seminar Leader: Brent Hayes Edwards, Department of English, Columbia University.

Courses taught at NIT

  • HM 101: A Basic course in Communicative English (UG)
  • HM 102: Professional Communication (UG) Business Communication MCA/PG
  • HM 805: African American Literature: A Survey (Ph.D)
  • HM 806: African American History (Ph.D)

Languages Proficiency:

  • English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and French

Invited Lectures/Resource person

  • 2011: “Resource person for the “Soft Skills and Second Language Acquisition” workshop at Kamaraj College of Engineering Technology, Madurai. March 17.
  • 2010: Chairperson for a session titled “Technology Enabled Language Teaching” in the National Seminar on “Teaching of General and Technical English” at Department of English, College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. 5th and 6th February, 2010.
  • 2004: “UGC Examination” at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad, Kerala. December 17. “Structuralism” at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad, Kerala. June 23.
  • 2003: “Women Writing in India” at N.G.M., Pollachi,Tamilnadu. June10.
  • 2002: “20th Century Critical Theories: A Survey” at N.G.M. Pollachi, Tamilnadu. July 15.

Journal Review

  • Consulting Editor, The Explicator (A SCI Journal - Published by Taylor and Francis Group, USA).