Ph.D, MPhil, MA

Dr. Sandhya V. has done her Under-graduation and Post-graduation in English Language and Literature from the University of Calicut, Kerala. She holds a Ph.D. in English Language & Literature from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The title of her Ph.D. thesis is "Sketching Contested Terrains: Gender in the Works of Kamala Das". She has 10 years of teaching experience (6 years outside and 4 years at Amrita), both at under-graduate and at post-graduate levels. Her broad area of interest is Indian Literature in English, Gender Studies and Life Narratives.


Publication Type: Journal Article

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Sandhya V. and Dr. Harini Jayaraman, “Citationality of Gender: Kamala Das and Judith Butler”, The IUP Journal of English Studies (Scopus Indexed), vol. xiv, pp. 32-4, 2019.


H. MG, Jayarman, H., and Sandhya V., “Mapping the contours of a Tempestuous Interiority: Reading Kamala Das through Kristeva.”, Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, vol. 10, 2018.[Abstract]

This paper examines Kamala Das’ attempt to translate the ever changing contours of feminine subjectivity into the structured space of language, in the light of the French philosopher Julia Kristeva’s theorization of psyche. Das’ instinctual urge to resist definitive structuring of the inner zones of female consciousness echoes Kristeva’s concept of Revolt, which is identified to be the psychic re-ordering to explore the varied dimensions of subjectivity. Revolt is explained by Kristeva as the disruptive potential of the innate desire drives of human psyche, which challenge the very stability of the discourses pertaining to identity in the ‘Symbolic’. The manifestation of Revolt in the writings of Das breaks the fetters of gendered identity and opens up the possibilities to experience one’s ‘self’ in unspecified ways. The resistance to the order of the ‘symbolic’ and the inclination to oscillate between the blurring borders separating the most natural urges of the “semiotic” and the ordered space of the symbolic, defines the essence of female psyche in Das. This paper discusses this unstable and trangressive nature of female subjectivity in Das which reflects Kristeva’s thrust on the dynamics of Revolt in defying categorization.

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Sandhya V. and Dr. Harini Jayaraman, “From Coziness through Confusion to Reconciliation: The Journey of Das’ Women”, Illuminati: A Transnational Journal of Literature, Language and Culture Studies, vol. V, pp. 100-110, 2014.[Abstract]

KAMALA Das, one of the strongest and prominent Indian women writers, startles us with her audacious attempts to redefine the sensibility of Indian women, negating the perception of feminism as a total rejection and avoidance of the man’s projection of the women’s experiences. Das boldly breaks all the conventions and hypocrisy which are associated with the understanding of women and their experiences. She has a different perception of the feminine sensibility, based on which she has built a powerful world for her women, which remains unshaken even today. That is why Dinesh Shukla in his Poetry of Kamala Das: The Aesthetic Dimension opines: “She (Kamala Das) changes the idiom, expression, imagery and the view about women, held for centuries as sacrosanct and religiously pious” (Shukla vii). Redefining Indian English Poetry through her voice, Das has contributed her ideas and her own self for reconstituting the concept of Indian womanhood. Das has always been mistaken for a woman who talks only about herself. When we analyze her writings in a deeper level, we realize that it is just a narrow, prejudiced and distorted view. We do not see the reality she tries to portray through her words, in our eagerness to find ‘her’ in them. Criticizing and judging a woman based on her writings itself talks loudly about our narrow and petty outlook. This paper does not examine Das as a writer of her own self. I would wish to focus on the world of women as portrayed in the poetry of Kamala Das. A world, where women try to realize their importance and the importance of the roles they play. A world where women imbibe fresh perspective towards humanity; a perspective constituted by her love, compassion, honesty, understanding, and boldness. She is trying to wake up to a new dawn of peacefulness, devoid of confusions and suspicions. The paper tries to depict a woman’s journey from her childhood to her old age: A journey from the pleasant and comfortable lap through the rough hands of unsteadiness and hurt to the dusk of avoidance and despair that leads to understanding and acceptance with an open minded and progressive spirit. More »»

Publication Type: Conference Paper

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Sandhya V. and Dr. Harini Jayaraman, “Sketching Cultural Intolerance: Re reading Mahasweta Devi’s “Bayen” from a Humanitarian Perspective”, in International Conference on “Multiculturalism: Inclusiveness and New Humanities”. Pondicherry University, Puducherry, 2016.


Dr. Harini Jayaraman and Sandhya V., “The Personal and Social World of Marginalization in Mahashwetha Devi’s Mother of 1084”, in International Conference on “Marginalization and Indian English Literature, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, 2015.


Dr. Harini Jayaraman and Sandhya V., “The World of Das & Roy from Children’s Perspective”, in International Conference on Post Modernism and Indian English Literature, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Yashwantrao Mohite College, Pune , 2014.