Qualification: 
Ph.D, MPhil, MA
k_shobana@cb.amrita.edu

Dr.Shobana. K has completed her Under-graduation and Post-graduation in English Literature,  from Holy Cross College, Trichy, and M. Phil. from St. Joseph College, Trichy. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Bharathiar University. The title of her thesis is “Relationship Matters: The Influence of Family and Society on the Adolescent Characters in Select Young Adult Realistic Novels in India.”

She has a total of 20 years of teaching experience, teaching language and literature to students of different streams at UG and PG levels. She has done on-line teaching of English to Japanese and Korean students. She conducts motivation and guidance programs for school teachers. She has served as a resource person on English Language Training for the Tamil Nadu Police Personnel. She has conducted parenting training programs for parents of school children.

Her areas of specialization and interest are Indian Writing in English and Children’s Literature. She is also interested in classical and modern Tamil Literature. 

Conference/ Seminars Participated

  • Attended Intersections: International Conference on Children’s Literature conducted by the Post Graduate & Research Department of English, St. Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur on 19th & 20th October 2015. 
  • Attended a National Level Workshop on Research Methodology and Literary Criticism. Conducted by the Dept. Of English, Kongunadu Arts and Science College (Autonomous), Coimbatore on 7th Feb, 2015.
  • Attended special international expert webinar by Dr.Kimberley Reynolds on “Transgressive Illusions and Radical Visions: Circus in Twentieth-Century Children’sLiterature” organized by the Department of English, Kongunadu Arts and Science college (Autonomous) on 31 July 2020.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2019

Shobana K. and Ramaswamy, D. S., “Scripting the Lives of Grandchildren: Direct and Indirect Contributions of Grandparents to Adolescent Development in Subadhra Sen Gupta’s The Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Cook”, Literary Findings, 2019.

2019

Shobana K. and Ramaswamy, D. S., “Risk And Resilience: Adolescent Poverty And Agencies Of Change In Swati Sengupta’s Half The Field Is Mine”, Intenational Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. Volume: 7 & Issue: 25 PP: 73-80 , 2019.[Abstract]


Young Adult novels in India depict the lives of adolescents from diverse backgrounds. The current paper studies the impact of generational poverty on the various aspects of development of an adolescent protagonist as depicted by the YA novelist Swati Sengupta in her novel Half the Field is Mine. It also analyses the author’s depictions of economical disadvantage in the life of the adolescent, coupled with the inherent deficits of environmental, social, emotional and educational aspects caused by chronic poverty. The paper also shows the positive agencies of change which moderate the negative effects and lead to a possible uplift from the disadvantaged condition.oung Adult novels in India depict the lives of adolescents from diverse backgrounds. The current paper studies the impact of generational poverty on the various aspects of development of an adolescent protagonist as depicted by the YA novelist Swati Sengupta in her novel Half the Field is Mine. It also analyses the author’s depictions of economical disadvantage in the life of the adolescent, coupled with the inherent deficits of environmental, social, emotional and educational aspects caused by chronic poverty. The paper also shows the positive agencies of change which moderate the negative effects and lead to a possible uplift from the disadvantaged condition.Key Words: Adolescent, poverty, risk, resilience, agencies of change.

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Publication Type: Book Chapter

Year of Publication Title

2016

Shobana K., “Can Anyone Hear the New Child? A study of Paro Anand’s No Guns at My Son’s Funeral”, in Indian Novel in English, Jaipur: Indian Novel in English, 2016.

2015

Shobana K. and Bhattacharya, S., “Inheritance of restricted mindscapes: a Neocolonial Reading of Anita Desai’s "Winterscape"”, in The Contours of Women Diaspora, 2015.

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2015

Shobana K., “Can Anyone Hear the New Child? A study of Paro Anaud’s “No Guns at My Son’s Funeral”, in Trends and Themes in Contemporary Indian Novel in English. Department of English Studies, Central University of Tamil, Thiruvarur , 2015.

2015

Shobana K. and Bhattacharya, S., “Inheritance of restricted mindscapes - a Neocolonial Reading of Anita Desai’s Winterscape”, in National conference on Exile Literature, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, 2015.

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