Torsa Ghosal is a writer and scholar of humanities with research interest in narratology, models of cognition, global Anglophone literature, multimodality, and form-bending arts across media. She was born in Calcutta, India, and lives in Sacramento, USA, where she is an assistant professor of post-45 English at California State University. Her experimental novella Open Couplets was published by Yoda Press (India) in 2017.
Torsa’s short stories, essays, and poems appear in Bustle, Lit Hub, Catapult, Michigan Quarterly Review Online, Entropy Magazine, The Hindu BLink, Himal Southasian, The Ladies Finger, Muse India, Aaduna, Poydras Review, and other magazines in South Asia and the US. From 2016-19, she edited the South Asian literary magazine, Papercuts. She has also worked as freelance reporter for The Times of India’s Kolkata Mirror, a web portal of Network 18, and as a coordinator for The Statesman Voices. Identified as one of the notable books of September 2017 by World Literature Today, her novella Open Couplets followed the chimera-chasing adventures of ethnographer Ira Chatterjee for a lost idol-maker in Kolkata and a missing poet in Lucknow.
She is an alum of Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Tin House Writer’s Workshop, and is completing a novel about ethnic conflict in contemporary India.
Torsa received a doctoral degree in contemporary literature from the Ohio State University in 2017 for her dissertation, “Books with Bodies: Experientiality in post-1980s Multimodal Print Literature.” Her first monograph that builds on this doctoral research is currently under contract. The book explores how aesthetic treatments of “thought” and scientific metaphors and models of cognition cross-pollinate each other, especially in the aftermath of the “cognitive revolution.” Using Anglophone multimodal narratives as case studies, the book traces patterns in consciousness representation and representation of mental pathology. Her research is informed by theories of cognition (present-day cognitive science as well as twentieth century philosophies of experience), narrative theories, multimodality studies, and comparative media studies. Her critical and scholarly writings have appeared in Poetics Today, Studies in the Novel, Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, South Asian Review, Post Script, and Latinos and Narrative Media.
If you are interested to know more about her creative and/or critical projects and/or collaboration feel free to write to her at torsa[dot]ghosal[at]csus[dot]edu. CV available on request.