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Vedita Cowaloosur

About me

I am a full-time PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.

I joined the University of Warwick in September 2009, after having completed my Masters degree in English (with distinction) from Durham University. I also studied for a Bachelors degree in Durham from 2004-2007.

Prior to commencing my PhD, I was a trainee editor with Orient BlackSwan (formerly Orient Longman) in Hyderabad, India. My focus was on the “Literature in Translation” series. I also briefly worked with the British Council in Mauritius (my homeland) in 2007.

Other than English, I speak (and teach) French and Hindi. The other languages I am fluent in are my ancestral languages, Mauritian Creole and Bhojpuri.


My Research

Supervisor: Dr Pablo Mukherjee

Mentor: Dr Rashmi Varma and Professor Jon Mee

Research Interests: The history and continuity of linguistic and cultural nationalism in India, as reflected in literature, media, and popular culture; representation of bhasha in Indian English literature


My Teaching

2010-2011: Seminar Modes of Reading

March 2010 and 2011: Lecture Postconial Kenya: Ngugi Wa Thiong'O, A Grain of Wheat

February 2010: Invited Lecture "Four Phases in the History of English in India"


My Activities

Thinking Aloud is a series of interviews and debates produced by PhD students from the University of Warwick. The series collects dialogues among leading scholars in their field giving insights into new research on topical items. As the project co-ordinator for Thinking Aloud, I produce and commision podcasts to PG students within the university. The following is one of the podcasts in which I interview my supervisor, Dr Pablo Mukherjee: Cosmopolitanism

The Arts Faculty Seminar Series is the ideal platform for introducing new and developing research ideas to other PG students from within the Arts Faculty.



Vedita Cowaloosur

v dot cowaloosur at warwick dot ac dot uk