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Curriculum Vitae

Rita Banerjee received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her research interests include deconstructions of post-colonial theory and canonization, comparative South Asian literary modernisms and intellectual history, poetry as oral culture and poetry’s relation to social consciousness, and the personal essay and hybrid texts as subversions of genre, identity, and narrative. Her writing has been featured on KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and published in journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, The Monarch Review, Poets of Living Waters, The Fiction Project, Jaggery, Catamaran, and Objet d’Art. She received the Tom and Laurel Nebel Graduate Fellowship for her dissertation writing and research, and has a served as a Lecturer in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department für Asienstudien at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and an Associate Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Courses taught:

  • Genre and Modern South Asian Literatures
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Summer 2016]
  • Translation and Modern South Asian Literatures
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Winter 2015]
  • Modernity and the South Asian Imaginaire
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Summer 2015]
  • Bengali 3: Intermediate Bengali Language and Literature
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Winter 2014]
  • Bengali 2: Introduction to the Bengali Language & Art House Film, II
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Summer 2014]
  • Bengali 1: Introduction to the Bengali Language & Art House Film, I
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Winter 2013]
  • Plurality and Poetry: A Study of Modern South Asian Literatures
    [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Summer 2013]
  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 50: Literature and Medicine
    [Harvard University, Fall 2012]
  • RA5A: Great Books of India
    [University of California, Berkeley, Summer 2012]
  • United States in the World 23: Art and Thought of the Cold War
    [Harvard University, Spring 2010]
  • English 156: Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature & Culture
    [Harvard University, Spring 2010]
  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 18: Writing Across Cultures: Literatures of the World (to 1750)
    [Harvard University, Fall 2009]
  • Literature 11: Writing Across Cultures: Literatures of the World (1750 to the present)
    [Harvard University, Spring 2009]
  • English 176: 19th Century American Novel
    [Harvard University, Fall 2008]
  • Literature 117: Literature, Gender, and Revolution
    [Harvard University, Fall 2008]
  • Powerful Writers / Pipeline Project
    [University of Washington, 2005-2006]

Languages:

English, Bengali, Hindi, Japanese, German, French
Additional reading knowledge of Spanish

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