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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.
- 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 (Koreaâ€™s National Newspaper) dated 21st of June 2005. p 8.
- Womenâ€™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: â€œCorpses that Liveâ€: Social Death and Coping in selected African American AIDS Literary Narratives.
Publications (International and National)
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œToward a Theory of African American Motherhood.â€ Critical Perspectives on American Literature. Ed. P. Dhanavel. New Delhi, Sarup and Sons, 2008. 287-297.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Joe Varghese Yeldho. â€œHistory in Shreds: Reading Shashi Tharoorâ€™s Riot.â€ Indian Writings in English. Ed. Binod Mishra and Sanjay Kumar. Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2005. 57-65.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œCentering the Margins: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis.â€ Critical Responses to Feminism. Ed. Binod Mishra. New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2006. 191-200.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€˜â€œFrom Pages to Real Lifeâ€: Oppositional Consciousness in Toni Morrisonâ€™s The Bluest Eye and Sula.â€™ Protest and Aftermath in Post-War Literature in English. Jaipur, Surabhi Publications: 2005. 171 â€“ 181.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œColor of Consciousness: A Selected Bibliography of African American Literature.â€ Indian Review of World Literature in English 5.1 (2009). 2 Feb. 2009 . ISSN: 0974 - 097X
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œPock-faced Houseâ€: Smallpox and Toni Morrisonâ€™s A Mercy. Notes on Contemporary Literature. 40.4 (2010): 2-4.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Toni Morrisonâ€™s â€œWhat Moves at the Margins.â€ (Book Review). MELUS. 34.1 (Spring 2009): 239-241. Special Issue on â€œWitnessing, Testifying, and History.â€
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. â€˜â€œDragon Daddies and False Hearted Menâ€: Patriarchy in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Love.â€ Notes on Contemporary Literature. 35.5 (2005): 2-4.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. â€œFamily and Parenting in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Love.â€ Notes on Contemporary Literature. 36.4 (2006): 9-10.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œToni Morrisonâ€™s Love.â€ 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. Bloomâ€™s Literary Reference Online. . (Password Authentication Required).
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œToni Morrisonâ€™s Recitatif.â€ 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. â€œToni Morrisonâ€™s quarrel with the Civil Rights Ideology in Love.â€ The International Fiction Review. Vol. 34 (2007): 139 â€“ 146.
- Sathyaraj.V. Entry on Amelia E. Johnson. Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Greenwood/Heinemann Press: Westport, Connecticut, 2007. 309 â€“ 311. ISBN: 0-313-33429-3
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œStudents Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC).â€ Africa and the Americans: Culture, Politics and History. Eds. Richard M. Juang and Noelle Morrissette. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, California. (2008). 1033 â€“ 1034.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. â€œJazz.â€ Encyclopedia of African American History. ABC-CLIO Publishers. USA. (2008).
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. â€œHistory in Inquisition: Postmodernist Poetics in Toni Morrisonâ€™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. â€œPsychosis, Incest and Narrationâ€: Reading Rushdieâ€™s Midnightâ€™s Children. Readings. 2 (2004): 74-79.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj.â€œA Marxist Approach to Song of Solomon.â€ Littcrit. Vol. 31.2 (2005) 69-79.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj. Black Power Movement (US).â€ Encyclopedia of American History.Vol. 5. (2009).
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Joe Varghese Yeldo. â€œTrauma, Self and Toni Morrisonâ€™s The Bluest Eye.â€ The Atlantic Literary Review. Vol. 6.4 (2005) 53-58. ISSN: 0972-3269
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. â€œImmigration and Labor Patterns in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Sula.â€ Notes on Contemporary Literature. 37.2 (2007): 9-11.
- Mudhu Dubeyâ€™s â€œSigns and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism.â€ (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 â€“ 200.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. Toni Morrisonâ€™s Sula. The Explicator. 66.2 (Winter 2008): 113 â€“ 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.
- “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
- â€œGlocal Feminism: Bridging Minority Feminism and Third World Feminism.â€ Paper presented in the 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women organized by Ewha Womansâ€™ University, Seoul, Korea in affiliation with Worldwide Organization of Womenâ€™s Studies. June 19 â€“ 24, 2005.
- â€œCulture, Identity and African Americans.â€ Paper presented in the National Seminar on â€œThe Contentious Question of Culture(s) in Contemporary Societiesâ€ organized by the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, India. March 1 â€“ 3, 2007.
- â€œAinâ€™t a Woman?: Locating Black Feminist Theory and Praxis.â€ Presented in the International Conference on â€œWorlds in Discourse: Representations of Realitiesâ€ organized by the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. November 21- 23, 2005.
- â€œ(Tran)Scripts on Black Skinâ€: Body Scars, Subversion and Toni Morrisonâ€™s Beloved. Paper presented in the 11th International Cultural Studies Workshop on â€œCultures on Bodyâ€ 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.
- â€˜â€œHistory in Inquisitionâ€: Locating Postmodern Poetics in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Beloved.â€™ Paper presented in the International Conference on â€œPost-Modernism, Globalization and the Mediaâ€ organized by Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahamadabad (MICA) India in collaboration with Limerick University, Ireland and Tokyo Urban Technology, Japan. March 5 â€“ 7, 2005.
- â€œâ€˜An Experimental Lifeâ€™: Ethics and Irresponsibility in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Sula.â€ Paper presented in the International Conference on â€œIrresponsibilityâ€ organized by the Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Technical University (NTU), Singapore. September 28-31, 2006.
- â€œAnd I will teach you what you are hungry forâ€: The Politics of Food and Culinary Practices in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Paradise.â€ Conference on Cultural History of Culinary Practices in NE India organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati. December 1 â€“ 2, 2007.
- â€œFractured History: Reading Shashi Tharoorâ€™s Riot.â€ 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.
- â€œBridging the Difference: Converging Postcolonial Feminism and Black Feminism.â€ 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.
- â€˜â€œBe true to the Earthâ€: Nature and Ecological Imagination in Toni Morrisonâ€™s The Bluest Eye.â€â€™ Paper presented in the Third World Conference and XI All India English Teachersâ€™ 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 â€“ 21, 2004.
- â€˜â€œFrom Pages to Real Lifeâ€: Oppositional Consciousness in Toni Morrisonâ€™s â€˜The Bluest Eyeâ€™ and Sula.â€™ Presented in the International Conference on â€œProtest and Aftermath in Post-War Literature in Englishâ€ 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 â€“ 27, 2004.
- â€œBlack Bourgeoisie: Reading Class and Race in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Song of Solomon.â€â€™ 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 â€“ 14, 2004.
- â€˜â€œByte in the classâ€: Internet assisted Teaching and Learning.â€â€™ National Seminar on Recent Developments in English Language Teaching organized by the Department of English, Juhari Devi Girlsâ€™ Post Graduate College, Kanpur, India. November 19 â€“ 20, 2004.
- â€œPolitics of History.â€ 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 â€“ 8, 2007.
- â€œPanic Bodiesâ€: The Birth of AIDS Literary Narratives.â€ 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 â€“ 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 â€œYoung Scholars on Indian Philosophy, Science and Cultureâ€ held from 23rd â€“ 25th January, 2004 at Jamia Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar. New Delhi, India. 2004.
- Participated in a National Seminar on â€œTranslation â€“ Indian Perspectivesâ€ at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad â€“ 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.
- Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan. â€˜â€œDragon Daddies and False Hearted Menâ€: Patriarchy in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Love.â€ 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. â€œThe Economy of Gift in Toni Morrisonâ€™s Love.â€ Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, 2007. 32.
- Yuwen, Liu. Aesthetics of Existence: On Technologies of the Other in Toni Morrisonâ€™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 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).
- “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
- 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.
- 2008 : National Institute of Technical Teachersâ€™ Training and Research, Chennai. â€œInstructional Design and Delivery System.â€ August 21 â€“ August 27.
- 2008: VI Theory/Praxis Course. June 16 â€“ 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)
- 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.
- Consulting Editor, The Explicator (A SCI Journal - Published by Taylor and Francis Group, USA).