SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Dr Poonkulaly Gunaseelan

BA English Literature (Brunel), MA English Literature (London)
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Poonkulaly Gunaseelan
Dr Poonkulaly Gunaseelan
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Poonkulaly Gunaseelan, 'Splitting/Violating the "new Indian woman" in Shashi Deshpande's The Dark Holds No Terrors (1980),' Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, Vol. 66, Issue 1, (March 2018), pp. 91 - 103.


  • MLA, Chicago (Invited Roundtable: Feminism and Nationalism: the case of South Asian Women.) January 2014 “Are you really all mine now?”: Representations of gender and nationalism in Meera Syal’s My Sister-Wife (1993) and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003)
  • Cornell University, ‘Gender, Race, Representation in Magazines in the New Media’, October 2013 ‘(Un)Colouring the British South Asian Woman: the case of Asiana Magazine’ 
  • South Asian Literary Association: 'Race and the South Asian Diaspora' January 2013 'Little Walking Prisons': Interplays of Race and Gender in Hanif Kureishi's My Son the Fanatic (1997). Won ‘Graduate Student Paper Prize’ 2013
  • London South Bank University: ‘Queer sexualities, nationalism and racism in the new Europe’, October 2012 ‘Fragmented Identities’: The homosexual ‘Other’ in British Hindu communities
  • Kingston University: ‘Women in Magazines’: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption, June 2012 ‘Asiana: For the Woman who wants more (?)’: Representations of beauty and marriage in Asiana magazine



South Asian literature in English; gender and sexuality; postcolonial and postcolonial feminist theory; Hindi cinema.