I am a PhD candidate in the department of English at Ohio State University, specializing in media studies and 20th/21st century Anglophone literature, films, and comics from the US, UK, Canada, and South Asia. In my dissertation, “Materiality-effects of Multimodal Literature,” I examine the visual-verbal and visual-tactile “materials” such as handwriting, typeface, and paper, used to design North Americand and British multimodal literary book-objects in the postprint era (eg: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, S., Nox, Woman’s World). I show that the formal design of these book-objects promote readerly engagement and interactions in ways that reveal as well as challenge our culture’s dominant assumptions about (post)human perception and cognition. I theorize the qualitative experience of “presence” in order to account for our sensory entanglements with reading and writing interfaces. My analysis combines rhetorical and cognitive approaches to literature, multimodality, and media theories.
In addition, I am a fan-cum-student-cum-teacher of American and South Asian electronic literature, films, and comics. I also currently edit the South Asian literary magazine, Papercuts.
When I am not writing academic papers, I write fiction and poetry. And when I am not writing at all, I am usually performing (dancing/acting) or thinking about writing, dancing, or acting. Growing up in India, I was trained in the Kathak dance form and now, in Columbus, I participate in performances that bring together contemporary South Asian dance forms and English poetry. I have collaborated with graduate students from several departments across OSU to adapt my poems “Herstories” and “Vermillion” for dance performances. Here too I am interested in multimodality—the sensory and cognitive experiences activated through the combination of gestures (mudra) and language.
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