Dr. Poushali Bhadury

Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Poushali Bhadury
Room PH 381, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

MW 2.15pm - 3.45pm

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Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Florida (2017)
  • M.A., University of Florida (2010)
  • M.A., Jadavpur University (2008)
  • B.A., Jadavpur University (2006)

Areas of Expertise

International, Multicultural, and Comparative Children’s & Young Adult Literature

Digital Humanities

Postcolonial Literature

South Asian Book History

Cultural Studies.

Biography

Dr. Poushali Bhadury is an Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature at the Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She graduated with a PhD from the Department of English, University of Florida (UF, 2017), where she previously earned an MA in English (2010) as well, specializing in Children’s Literature for both degrees. Before joining UF, Poushali received her Bachelor of Arts (2006) and Master of Arts (2008) from Jadavpur University, India. 

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Dr. Poushali Bhadury is an Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature at the Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She graduated with a PhD from the Department of English, University of Florida (UF, 2017), where she previously earned an MA in English (2010) as well, specializing in Children’s Literature for both degrees. Before joining UF, Poushali received her Bachelor of Arts (2006) and Master of Arts (2008) from Jadavpur University, India. 

Poushali is excited to be part of the vibrant academic community at MTSU, and is thoroughly enjoying teaching both lower- and upper-division Children’s Literature classes in the English Department. In Fall 2017, she is teaching two new courses at MTSU English, “Themes in Literature and Culture: War, Migration, and Refugees in Children’s Literature” and an upper-division course on “Children’s Literature.”

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Publications

Co-Edited Collection

[Under Contract]       B is for Baldwin: An Alphabet Tour of the Baldwin Library. Under lead editorship of Suzan Alteri and produced by The Baldwin Editorial Collective (Suzan Alteri, Poushali Bhadury, Kenneth Kidd, and Laurie N. Taylor). Gainesville, FL: LibraryPress@UF. Expected 2017.  

Refereed Journal Articles

“Metafiction, Narrative Metalepsis, and New Media Forms i...

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Co-Edited Collection

[Under Contract]       B is for Baldwin: An Alphabet Tour of the Baldwin Library. Under lead editorship of Suzan Alteri and produced by The Baldwin Editorial Collective (Suzan Alteri, Poushali Bhadury, Kenneth Kidd, and Laurie N. Taylor). Gainesville, FL: LibraryPress@UF. Expected 2017.  

Refereed Journal Articles

“Metafiction, Narrative Metalepsis, and New Media Forms in The Neverending Story and the Inkworld Trilogy.” The Lion and the Unicorn 37.3 (Sept. 2013): 301–326.  

“Fantastic Beasts and How to Sketch Them: The Fabulous Bestiary of Sukumar Ray.” South Asian Review 34.1 (July 2013): 11-38.  

“Fictional Spaces, Contested Images: Anne’s ‘Authentic’ Afterlife.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.2 (Summer 2011): 214-237.  

“Pedagogical Preoccupations in Montgomery.” Jadavpur University Essays and      Studies XXIV (2010): 91-108.

Book Chapters

[Forthcoming]           Taylor, Laurie N., Poushali Bhadury, Elizabeth Dale, et al. "Engaging the Digital Humanities with Graduate Internships in Libraries for Transformative Collaboration." Digital Humanities, Libraries and Partnerships, edited by Kate Joranson and Robin Kear. Chandos Publishing, 2017.  

Book Reviews

Rev. of Mary F. Pharr and Leisa A. Clark (eds.), Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy. IRSCL. International Research Society for Children’s Literature. 2013. Web. <http://www.irscl.com/review_bread_blood.html>

Rev. of Michelle Superle’s Contemporary English-language Indian Children’s Literature: Representations of Nation, Culture and the New Indian Girl. The Lion and the Unicorn 36.2 (April 2012): 217-221.

Rev. of Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard (eds.), Critical Approaches to Food in Children's Literature. The Lion and the Unicorn 35.2 (April 2011): 189-194.

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Presentations

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Invited Talks

“The Mysterious Case of Deb Sahitya Kutir and the Pioneering Female Detectives of Bengal.” University of North Florida Asia Council Lecture Series. Jacksonville, FL. April 2017.

“Aspects of Deb Sahitya Kutir’s Early Detective Fiction Series.” New Research in the Humanities 8. School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University. Calcutta, India. August 2014...

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(Selected)

Invited Talks

“The Mysterious Case of Deb Sahitya Kutir and the Pioneering Female Detectives of Bengal.” University of North Florida Asia Council Lecture Series. Jacksonville, FL. April 2017.

“Aspects of Deb Sahitya Kutir’s Early Detective Fiction Series.” New Research in the Humanities 8. School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University. Calcutta, India. August 2014.

Conferences

Co-Leading workshop on “Case Studies and Business Plan Development Workshop on Strategies for Creating a Program for Paid Student Internships/Assistantships in the Digital Humanities,” with Laurie Taylor, Hélène Huet, Brian Keith, Julian Chambliss, and Kalle Westerling. HASTAC 2017. Orlando, FL, November 2017.

“Harold and Little Black Sambo in the Baldwin: Intersections of Race, Materiality and Digital Pedagogy in the Special Collections Classroom.” 44rd Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association. Tampa, FL, June, 2017.

“Researching Deb Sahitya Kutir’s Genre Fiction, 1940-1964: An Overview.” Invited Participant, “Turning the Page: New Directions in South Asian Book History,” International Workshop, UChicago Center in Delhi. New Delhi, India, March 2017.

“In a Faraway Land: Childhood and the Spatial Imagination in Carol Ann Duffy.” 43rd Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association. Columbus, OH. June 2016.

“The Female Sleuth in Early Bengali Children’s Crime Fiction Series.” 42nd Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association. Richmond, VA. June 2015.

“Cross-pollinated Crimes: Western Genre Fiction and Early Bengali Children’s Crime Fiction Series.” 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2015.

“Liminal Spaces, Liminal Identities: Memoryscapes in Anne’s House of Dreams.” 10th Biennial L.M. Montgomery Conference. Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. June 2012.

“Lost in Translation?: World Classics in/as Bengali Comics.” 39th Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association. Boston, MA. June 2012.

“Metatextuality across Media.” 6th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium. Sarasota, FL. February 2012.

“The Bengali and His Food in Narayan Gangopadhyay.” 38th Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association. Roanoke, VA. June 2011.

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Awards

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National/International
2016-2018 HASTAC Scholar; awarded by the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars Program; November 2016-October 2018

Marion Jemmott Fellowship; awarded by the Taraknath Das Foundation, The South Asia Institute, Columbia University; November 2016

CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (2013-2014); awarded by the Council on Library and ...

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(Selected)

National/International
2016-2018 HASTAC Scholar; awarded by the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars Program; November 2016-October 2018

Marion Jemmott Fellowship; awarded by the Taraknath Das Foundation, The South Asia Institute, Columbia University; November 2016

CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (2013-2014); awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR); July 2013-June 2014

2013 IRSCL Research Grant; awarded by the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL); June 2013

ChLA Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant; awarded by the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA); June 2012

University of Florida

CLAS Dissertation Fellowship; University-level award by College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Spring 2016

Dept. of English Graduate Student Teaching Award; 2015-2016

Alumni Fellowship; University-level award sponsored by Dept. of English; 2010-2014

T. Walter Herbert Fellowship; Dept. of English; 2008-2010

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Poushali’s primary areas of research are International and Comparative Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Digital Humanities, South Asian Book History and Cultural Studies. Her current book project is entitled, The Home and the World in (Post)Colonial Print Culture: Deb Sahitya Kutir and Bengali Children’s Publishing (1940-1975). Poushali’s peer-reviewed publications include articles in Children’s Literature Ass...

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Poushali’s primary areas of research are International and Comparative Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Digital Humanities, South Asian Book History and Cultural Studies. Her current book project is entitled, The Home and the World in (Post)Colonial Print Culture: Deb Sahitya Kutir and Bengali Children’s Publishing (1940-1975). Poushali’s peer-reviewed publications include articles in Children’s Literature Association QuarterlySouth Asian Review and The Lion and the Unicorn, among others. She is also co-editor (along with Kenneth Kidd, Suzan Alteri and Laurie Taylor) for B is for Baldwin: An Alphabet Tour of the Baldwin Library, a peer-reviewed publication currently under contract with LibraryPress@UF, and due to be published in December 2017.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships over the past decade. She is currently excited to be a part of the 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholars cohort. She was a 2013-2014 CLIR Mellon Fellow for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, awarded by the Council on Library Information and Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. She also has been awarded research grants and fellowships from the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL), and the Taraknath Das Foundation at the South Asia Institute, Columbia University. In addition, she won several awards and honors during her tenure at UF, including a UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dissertation Award, and an English Department Graduate Teaching Award. 

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Courses

Middle Tennessee State University

§ Themes in Literature and Culture: War, Migration, and Refugees in Children’s Literature; Fall 2017

§ (Upper Division) Children’s Literature; Fall 2017