Qualification: 
Ph.D, MA
beenasnair@am.amrita.edu

Dr. Beena S. Nair, Assistant Professor (Sr. Grade) & Vice-Chairperson, Department of English, in Amrita School of Arts & Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed to be University, Amritapuri Campus, Kollam, Kerala; ranked 9th by NIRF, Ministry of Human Resources Development, India.

She has over 9 years of teaching experience in India & West Asia; and 5 years of research experience as Junior Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow of UGC. She was awarded PhD from the University of Calicut and the topic of research was Eco- feminism in the 20th century ,American Southern Women writers

Currently she is Member, Board of Studies (Languages), in Amrita, and is active in research as Thesis Advisor, Doctoral Committee Member of PhD candidates in English and Social Work. She has designed syllabus for various core courses & Elective courses for B Tech, PhD & Int. MA (English).

Her area of research explores Eco-Criticism, Culture Studies, Gender Studies & Landscape as Narrative in American, Indian and other regional literature. Her academic & creative contributions include Magazine Editorship, Arts Club & Debate Club Co-ordination; in addition to11 publications as book chapters, creative writing and international journal articles. She has presented papers and chaired sessions in National & International Conferences. Currently she is Co-ordinator, Kerala( Southern Region), Foundation for the Study of Literature & Environment.

Her other areas of interest, focuses on travelling to historical sites, learning languages, Yoga and Indian classical Music.

EXPERIENCE

2011
  • Currently working as Assistant Professor(Sr.Grade)& Vice-Chairperson in the Department of English, Amrita School of Arts & Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed to be University, Amritapuri , Kollam, Kerala (since 1st July, 2011).
  • June 2011-Worked as Guest Lecturer in All-Saints’ College for Women, Trivandrum, Kerala.
2009
  • June - Selected as Part -Time English Lecturer in the College of Banking and Financial Studies, Bousher, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman .
2008
  • Worked as Guest Lecturer in English in the Govt. Law College, Kerala University from July, 2008 to October, 2008.
2007
  • Senior Teacher in English in Our Own English High School, Sharjah, U.A.E
2006
  • Selected as Proof-Reader in Gulf News, Dubai .
2004 -2005
  • Government Law College, Kerala University, Trivandrum, Kerala - Guest Lecturer in English
  • Kerala University Centre for Adult Continuing Education & Extension Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala - Guest Lecturer in English
  • Kerala University Technology Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala - Resource Person in English
1998
  • Selected as Lecturer in English in the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman - Dept. of English, University of Calicut, Kerala.
1990 -1995

Dept. of English, University of Calicut, Kerala

  • Worked as UGC Junior and Senior Research Fellow under the guidance of Dr. N. Rama Chandran Nair, Professor of English, University of Calicut on the project “Region as Narrative Artifice in the works of Eudora Welty and Katherine Anne Porter”. The project examined landscape as a narrative device in the fiction of American, Southern women writers. It also focused on home-bound women characters who found solace in the garden, in contrast to the wandering, father figures.
  • This project was undertaken with Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship of University Grants Commission.

Academic Achievement

  • Nominated as Co-ordinator-Kerala(-Southern region), of Foundation for the Study of Literature& Environment, India.

Responsibilities

  • Currently serving as Vice-Chairperson, Department of English, Amrita School of Arts & Sciences
  • Teaching various core courses & Elective courses in English for B.Tech , B.Com, M.C.A, Integrated M.A ( English Language & Literature) ,MA (English Language & Literature) Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri , Kollam, Kerala.
  • Teaching Communicative English, Technical English, English for Professional Communication , Elective courses -Business Communication, Insights into Life through Literature, Core courses- American Literature, Canadian Literature, British Literature, European Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Indian Writing in English, Literary Criticism in Amrita School of Engineering and Amrita School of Arts & Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
  • Member of Question Paper Analysis Committee, ASAS
  • Member, Languages, Board of Studies,Amrita Deemed to be University,Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
  • Library Committee Member, Central Library, Amritapuri
  • Campus Mentor & Chief Mentor for various courses of English Language& Literature Served as Advisor for the Int.MA(English Language& Literature)(2011-14) Arts Club Convenor, ASAS (2013)
  • Assistant Editor , College Magazine, Amritakshari (2011-12)
  • Co-ordinator – Debate Club as part of Literary Club , Dept. of English- Prayaana (2016)
  • Co-ordinator - Compering-Sadgamaya (FDP)-2013
  • Department Co-ordinator-Anti-Ragging Committee,2015
  • Designed Curriculum for Integrated M.A (English Language & Literature)-American Literature & English Prose(2012)& PhD course work.
  • Proposed Science Fiction as an Elective for B.Tech Elective course. Question Paper setting for Amrita PhD Entrance Examinations (English Language & Literature) - September, 2015 & January, 2016.

Educational Qualification

1997
  • Awarded Ph.D in English Language & Literature, University of Calicut, Kerala
1996
  • Certificate course in French, Alliance Francaise, Trivandrum, Kerala.
1991
  • Certificate Course in Russian, University of Calicut, Kerala.
1990
  • Selected as Junior Research Fellow in English by the University Grants Commission of India in the National Education Test conducted by UGC.
  • Completed a Pre-Doctoral Course in American Civilization conducted by American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad, India.
1988
  • M.A (English Language & Literature), Institute of English, Department of English,Kerala University. (Optionals: Teaching of English & American Literature) Grade: First Class.
1986
  • B.A (English Language & Literature), Kerala University. (Subsidiaries: British History & Politics) Grade: First Class.

Other Areas of interest

  • Music (participated & won the Departmental Level Competition in Music).
  • Travelling to Historical Sites
  • Learning Languages
  • Yoga and Indian classical Music

Social Work

2004 – 2005

  • Worked in a woman’s organization (Abhaya) under the Kerala Govt., devoted to the upliftment of exploited, destitute women.
  • Taught Functional English to the inmates.

Creative Writing

  • Poem, “Pause” (2012) in “Amritakshari”, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham College Magazine.

Interview

  • An interview with noted Malayalam filmmaker and Director, Shyamaprasad -published in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham College Magazine, Amritakshari,2012.

Faculty Development Programme

August-November, 2017

  • Completed two Faculty development Programmes( FDP 101x & FDP 201x ),conducted by IIT,Mumbai on the use of ICT in teaching, as part of the Government of India project, Pandit Madan Mohan Malavya Mission for training teachers in India.

Research Activities

  • Guiding Int MA(English) PG & UG projects.
  • Co-Guide of one Part-Time Research scholar, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri Campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.(January 2016).
  • Member of the Doctoral Committee,of one Part-Time Research scholar,Department of Social Work, Amritapuri Campus (February 2016).
  • July 2016- Guiding two part-time PhD candidates in the Dept. of English – Research Area-Gender based studies in contemporary Indian Women writers
  • July 2017- Guiding two Full-Time Research scholars in the Department of English Research Area-Native American Writing & North-Eastern writing Canadian Ethnic writers

Publications

Publication Type: Book Chapter

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2017

Book Chapter

Beena S. Nair, Jayaraman, H., and Akhil V. P., “Configuring the Common Man: Trends and Perspectives in Contemporary Literature.”, in Hinterland as 'Exotic other': Reconstituting Native Culture in O.V Vijayan's The Legends of Khasak, New Delhi: Authors Press, 2017.

2017

Book Chapter

Beena S. Nair, K, S. Muraleedha, and K, D. E. V. I., “Neo - Narrative of 'Doves and Hawks': The Rise of the Counterculture of the 'Indian Spring' Intellectuals”, in Explorations in Critical Humanities, A Collection of Essays., New Delhi: Viva Books Private Limited , 2017, pp. 126-132 .

2016

Book Chapter

Beena S. Nair, “Budha’s Gaze: Re-Creating Cultural Identities in Kim-Ki-Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring”, in Literature and Technology: An Interface, Collection of Edited Articles, Kochi: Sterling print House, 2016, pp. 48-51.

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2017

Journal Article

Beena S. Nair, “Ravanayana: Negotiating the Political and Cultural Discourse of the Vanquished in Anand Neelakantan's Asura Tale of the Vanquished : The Story of Vanquished : TheStory of Ravana and his People(2012)”, IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), vol. 5, p. 15, 2017.[Abstract]


Asura: Tale of the Vanquished the story of Ravana and his people (2012), by Anand Neelakantan, is an attempt to deconstruct and reconstruct the myth of The Ramayana. In the epic, The Ramayana, Rama is portrayed as the personification of good and Ravana is considered evil. This novel brings out a different perspective to the familiar epic, The Ramayana, by narrating the story from the point of view of Ravana. The analysis focuses mainly on Ravana as an ideal father to his daughter Sita. The cultural identity of the Asura Ravana is re-written by Anand Neelakantan using the epic The Ramayana. This paper attempts to study the rewriting of the epic Ramayana, in the contemporary postcolonial context of writing back to the centre- and to debate on the identity of Ravana, the anti-hero. This paper explores Ravana as a subaltern and also the dual identity of subaltern and re- assessment of native cultural identity. The purpose of the paper is to analyse the complexities of Ravana’s political and cultural identity and to initiate a new discourse on subaltern by raising the issues of the dual identity of Ravana.

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2017

Journal Article

Beena S. Nair, “The Rise of New Generation Rhapsody: Journey from Music to Muse in the Selected Poems of Bob Dylan”, Research Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 433-439, 2017.

2016

Journal Article

Beena S. Nair, “Purple,Blue-Black and Blues:Womanist Discourses as Resistance Narrative in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple”, International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 64-70., 2016.[Abstract]


The Black women have always been the victims of racial and gender discrimination. The marginal space they occupy in the society, have made them aware of a need for sisterhood or bonding between women. The narrative in the black-womanist fiction acts as a resistance to the oppression suffered by them. These womanist discourses empower them and heal them. This paper attempts to mark these nature and music discourses that grant them self-esteem and individuality. These women “sing to the earth and to the sky and to their cassava and groundnuts. Songs of love and farewell.” Alice Walker defines the term ‘womanist’ as
“womanist is to feminist as purple to lavender”. (Walker: xi-xii). These womanists “love music, love the moon, love the spirit… Love struggle. Love the Folk. Love herself.” The color purple spreads through out the novel and the blues music provides individuality to the black women. The fight for self-respect is frightening for Celie, the protagonist. She transforms herself in to a tree in moments of pain. “I say to myself, Celie you a tree.” Shug Avery, the Blue singer names Celie in her song, “Miss Celie’s Song” and thereby empowers her. These black women create an alternate garden, where they can celebrate blackness. The role of music and color purple as therapeutic, resistance, womanist discourse would be examined in this paper. The adaptation of this novel as a movie also uses color purple as a major visual tool to bring in to the viewer’s mind, the spirit of the black women. These visuals of color purple in the movie would also be examined as a narrative artifice in the marginalized discourse.

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Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2017

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Sustaining Landscapes as Sacred Groves:Preserving the Sub Culture of Woman as Priestess and Oracle of Ecosystems’”, in International Conference on “Why Eco-Criticism”?, Government College, Sikkim; in association with ASLE,India., 2017.

2016

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Buddha’s Gaze: Re-creating Cultural Identities in Kim-Ki-Duk’s Spring,Summer,Fall and Winter and Spring”, in National Seminar on Cinema and the Formation of Cultural Identities, Amrita School of Arts &Sciences,Kochi., 2016.

2016

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, ““Neo - Narrative of 'Doves and Hawks': The Rise of the Counterculture of the 'Indian Spring' Intellectuals"”, in International Conference on "In Between: Critical Humanities in Context" (22 October 2016),, Amrita School of Arts &Sciences, Kochi., 2016.

2015

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Discourse of Nation in Exile, and Resistance to Erasure of Civilization: Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Diaspora””, in UGC National Seminar on ”Travails of Uprootment: A Tribute to Refugees, Exiles and Diasporic Communities”, MSM College,Kayamkulam., 2015.

2014

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Landscape as Cultural Texts in Regional fiction with special reference to O. V. Vijayan’s The Legend of Khasak, Patrick White’s Voss and Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom”, in International Conference on, “Multiculturalism and Social Fabric in Australia,America and India”, Queen’s Mary College, Chennai. , 2014.

2014

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Purple,Blue-Black and Blues: Womanist Discourses as Resistance Narrative in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple”, in UGC National Seminar on “Moving the Centre: Black and Dalit Literatures”, TKM College of Arts & Sciences, Kollam., 2014.

2014

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Ozhimuri: A Reading on the Matrix of the Interior Landscape of Kanyakumari””, in National Seminar on “Down to Earth:Ecological Orientations in Literature and Arts”, Amrita School of Arts &Sciences,Kochi., 2014.

2013

Conference Paper

Beena S. Nair, “Popular Culture: Revival of Ethnic Culture”, in UGC National Seminar on “The Pleasure Principles : Theorizing PopularTexts”, Bharath Matha College, Kochi, organized in association with Bhasha, Pune & MAACTA, Kerala by the Post-Graduate Department of English., 2013.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2015

Conference Proceedings

Beena S. Nair, “Discourse of Nation in Exile, and Resistance to Erasure of Civilization: Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Diaspora”, UGC National Seminar on ”Travails of Uprootment: A Tribute to Refugees, Exiles and Diasporic Communities” . MSM College, Kayamkulam., pp. 261-265, 2015.

2014

Conference Proceedings

Beena S. Nair, “Ozhimuri: A Reading on the Matrix of the Interior Landscape of Kanyakumari”, National Seminar on”Down to Earth: Ecological Orientations in Literature and Arts”. ASAS, Kochi, pp. 71-75 , 2014.

2013

Conference Proceedings

Beena S. Nair, “Popular Culture: Revival and Renaissance of Ethnic Culture”, UGC National Seminar on “The Pleasure Principles : Theorizing Popular Texts”, in association with Bhaasha ,Pune & MAACTA, Kerala . Bharath Mata College, Thrikkakara ,Kochi, pp. 158-165 , 2013.

CONTACT

beenasnair@am.amrita.edu
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