Dr. Poushali Bhadury

Assistant Professor (She/Her)

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

For Spring 2021: Virtual Office Hours over Zoom/D2L, and by appointment. Please email me at poushali.bhadury@mtsu.edu to set up a meeting time.

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Florida (2017)
  • MA, University of Florida (2010)
  • MA, Jadavpur University (2008)
  • BA, Jadavpur University (2006)

Areas of Expertise

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

Indian Children's Literature

Digital Humanities

Postcolonial Literature

South Asian Book History

Cultural Studies

Comics and Graphic Narratives

Biography

Dr. Poushali Bhadury is an Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature at the Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).

Poushali is excited to be part of the vibrant academic community at MTSU, and is thoroughly enjoying designing and teaching both lower- and upper-division Children’s Literature classes as well as graduate seminars in the English Department.

Publications

Monograph
[Manuscript in-progress] The Home and the World in Postcolonial Print Culture: Dev Sahitya Kutir and Bengali Children’s Publishing (1940-1975)

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, an...

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Monograph
[Manuscript in-progress] The Home and the World in Postcolonial Print Culture: Dev Sahitya Kutir and Bengali Children’s Publishing (1940-1975)

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 2021.  

Refereed Journal Articles

“There is No Such Thing as a Straight Woman”: Queer Female Representations in South Asian Graphic Narratives.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 22.4 (2018): 1-11.

“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.

Refereed Book Chapters

[Forthcoming] “Punching Up, Punching Down: Anticolonial Resistance and Brahmanical Ideologies in Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon.Dust Off the Gold Medal: Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial. Eds. Sara L. Schwebel and Jocelyn Van Tuyl. New York: Routledge. Expected 2021.

Taylor, Laurie N., Poushali Bhadury, Elizabeth Dale, et al. "Digital Humanities as Public Humanities: Transformative Collaboration in Graduate Education." Digital Humanities, Libraries and Partnerships: A Critical Examination of Labor, Networks, and Community. Eds. Kate Joranson and Robin Kear. Cambridge, MA: Chandos Publishing, 2018.

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 Female Detective Figure in Dev Sahitya Kutir’s Krishna and Sikha Series.” International Webinar. Department of History, Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya, West Bengal, India, July 2020.

“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.

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Invited Talks

“The Female Detective Figure in Dev Sahitya Kutir’s Krishna and Sikha Series.” International Webinar. Department of History, Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya, West Bengal, India, July 2020.

“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

“Representations of War in Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon.” Childhoods of Color Conference. Madison, WI, September, 2019.

“The American ‘Classic’ in Translation: Creating a Canon of World Children’s Literature in India.” 39th Association for Asian American Studies Conference. Madison, WI, April, 2019. 

“Series Fiction and the Sleuth: the First Female Detectives in Bengali Print Culture.” American Historical Association. Chicago, IL, January, 2019.

Growing Up with Genocide: Coming of Age during the 1947 Partition in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India.” MTSU International Holocaust and Genocide Studies Conference. Murfreesboro, TN, April 2018.   

“Navigating the Digital: The Changing Landscape of State and Public Library Collections in Kolkata.” Emory Digital Humanities Symposium. Atlanta, GA, April 2018.


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

ChLA Faculty Research Grant; awarded by the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA); June 2018

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

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(Selected)

National/International

ChLA Faculty Research Grant; awarded by the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA); June 2018

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

Middle Tennessee State University                  

Digital Humanities Faculty Learning Community (FLC) grant; funded by the MTSU Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center, with addl. funding by the College of Liberal Arts and the Walker Library. Co-proposed with Dr. Eric Detweiler; AY 2019-2020. 

Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards Committee (FRCAC) Grant; awarded by the FRCAC, MTSU; Summer 2018.

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 Journal of Lesbian Studies,

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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 Journal of Lesbian Studies, 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 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, among others.

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Courses

Middle Tennessee State University

Graduate Seminars

  • British Children’s Literature and Postcolonial Responses; Summer 2020
  • Children’s Literature in the Anglophone World; Spring 2019  

Undergraduate Courses 

  • Literature for Adolescents (Upper Division); Spring 2020
  • Children’s Literature Around the World (Upper Division); Fall 2019
  • Expository Writing: ...
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Middle Tennessee State University

Graduate Seminars

  • British Children’s Literature and Postcolonial Responses; Summer 2020
  • Children’s Literature in the Anglophone World; Spring 2019  

Undergraduate Courses 

  • Literature for Adolescents (Upper Division); Spring 2020
  • Children’s Literature Around the World (Upper Division); Fall 2019
  • Expository Writing: Literacy for Life (First Year Composition); Fall 2019
  • The Experience of Literature (Sophomore Lit); Spring 2019
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction in Young Adult Literature (Upper Division); Fall 2018
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction in Young Adult Literature (Sophomore Lit); Fall 2018, Spring 2020
  • Children’s Literature (Upper Division); Fall 2017, Spring 2018
  • War, Migration, and Refugees in Children’s Literature (Sophomore Lit); Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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