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Arnapurna Rath


Arnapurna Rath

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • BA: Rama Devi Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, 2000
  • MA: Dept. of English, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, 2002
  • MPhil: Dept. of English, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, 2004
  • PhD: IIT Bombay, 2010

Email: arnapurna -AT- iitgn.ac.in

Website : https://arnapurna.people.iitgn.ac.in/

Office: 4/334 B
VOIP: 2418

  • Selected Publications

    • Books
    1. Rath, Arnapurna; Chatterjee, Chandrani and Ganapathy, Saroja, (Eds.), Critical Essays on Literature, Language, and Aesthetics: A Volume in Honour of Milind Malshe. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019, [290 pages] ISBN: 9781527520257.

    2. Rath, Arnapurna and Das, Bhaskarjyoti, Devi: a journey through photo-poetry. New Delhi: Authorspress, July 2014, ISBN: 9788172738372.

    • Book Chapters
    1. Rath, Arnapurna, “The Fiction of Ghosh and the Poetics of Literary Genres” in the section “Transgressing the Limits: Genres and Forms”. Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh. (Editors. Gaurav Desai, John Hawley). Series Title. Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Modern Language Association [MLA Series, April 2019], pp. 107-113. ISBN: 9781603293976.

    2. Rath, Arnapurna, “Land, Language, and the Journey: Sea of Poppies as an Epic Novel”, in Critical essays on Literature, Language, and Aesthetics: A Volume in Honour of Milind Malshe. (Editors. Arnapurna Rath, Chandrani Chatterjee, Saroja Ganapathy) Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 112-130, Jan. 2019, ISBN: 9781527520257.

    3. Mukherjee, Payel C., Rath, Arnapurna and Tharakan, Koshy, “Between Aspiration and Imagination: Exploring Native-cosmopolitanism in Adib Khan’s Spiral Road and Mohammad Hanif’s Our Lady of Alice Bhatti", in Postcolonial Urban Outcasts: City Margins in South Asian Literature. (Editors. Madhurima Chakraborty, Umme Al-wazedi) New York: Routledge, 2017, pp. 131-149, ISBN: 9781138677234.

    • Journal Papers/Book Reviews
    1. Behera, Adyasha & Arnapurna Rath. "Lost Letters of Odisha's Bhakti Poetry: A Critical Study of Select Poetic Compositions of Bhima Bhoi", Lokaratna, Volume XV (I), June-July, 2022, pg. 84-105. shorturl.at/bJZ14

    2. Rana, Manoj Singh &  Arnapurna Rath. "Book Review: From Data to Stories: An end to end guide to Storytelling with Data Comics for the absolute beginner". Information Visualisation, June 22, 2022, pp.1-3.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/14738716221102927 [Review]

    3. Sharma, Shivani & Rath, Arnapurna. "Ecopoetics and Aranya in the Graphic Novel Aranyaka: Book of the Forest ". Chitrolekha: Journal of Art and Design, Volume.5 No. 1, 2021, pp.1-9 . DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.21659/cjad.51.v5n103.

    4. Rath, Arnapurna & Sura P.Rath. "Rumour, Gossip, and Loneliness: the Nautch-Girl and her Other in the Romance of a Nautch Girl and The Woman in the Bazaar". Sāhitya: The Journal of Comparative Literature Association of India. Ed. Jatindra Kumar Nayak. Volume 9, Issue 1, 2020, pp.4-27 [published July 2021]. http://clai.in/sahityavol9/1_A.%20Rath%20and%20S.%20Rath.pdf

    5. Sharma, Shivani & Arnapurna Rath.. “In the Semiosis of Characters and Colors: Locating Metaphors and Their Meanings in Amruta Patil’s Graphic Novels Adi Parva and Sauptik”. South Asian Review, Taylor and Francis Online, 2021, pp.1-pp.22. DOI: 10.1080/02759527.2021.1878798

    6. Rath, Arnapurna & Shivani Sharma. "Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: The Narrative of Educational Philosophy and New Education in India". Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences Vol. XXVI, No.1, Summer 2019, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS Shimla). Ed. Sharad Deshpande. pp.151-171 [published January 2021]. URL:

    7. George, Annie Rachel & Arnapurna Rath. « Ângela Barreto Xavier and Ines G. Županov, Catholic Orientalism: Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge », South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal [SAMAJ], Book Reviews, 13 June 2017. URL : http://samaj.revues.org/4353.

    8. Mukherjee, Payel C. & Arnapurna Rath. Children of the Midnight in the Maximum City: Cosmopolitan Polyphony in the Bombay of Salman Rushdie and Suketu Mehta. South Asian Review 2014 Special Issue on Salman Rushdie, Volume 35, No. 1, 2014. (Ed. P.S.Chauhan) p.187-207. (Appeared in 2017).

    9. George, Annie Rachel and Arnapurna Rath. "Translation, transformation and genre in the Kristapurana". Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies. 3(3): 2016, pp. 280-293.

    10. George, Annie Rachel and Rath, Arnapurna, “"Musk among Perfumes": Creative Christianity in Thomas Stephens’s Kristapurana”, Church History and Religious Culture, DOI:10.1163/18712428-09603003, vol. 96, no. 3, pp. 304-324, 2016.

    11. Rath, Arnapurna, “The Aesthetic Cosmopolitans: Walter Pater, Rabindranath Tagore, and the Quest for Beauty”, JSL : Journal of the School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies, vol. 19, pp. 101-118, 2016.

    12. Mukherjee, Payel C. and Arnapurna Rath. "“Practicing” Cosmopolitanism in Knowledge Spaces, Cityscapes, and Marketplaces ", Journal of Human Values (SAGE), October 2015, 21 (2) 87-98.

  • Work Experience

    • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (Dec 2010 to present)
    • Visiting Scholar, Utkal University of Culture, Odisha (July 2018-Dec 2018, On Sabbatical from IIT Gandhinagar)
    • Visiting Researcher, University of North Texas Dallas, Feb 2014 to Sep 2014 (with Professor Sura Rath)
    • Visiting Faculty, The LNM Institute of Information Technology, (July 2010 to Dec 2010)
    • Teaching Associate, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, (Mar 2010 to Apr 2010)