E. Dawson Varughese’s research examines the encoding of modernity in post-millennial India through popular literary and artistic expression. She publishes on popular genre fiction, graphic narratives, domestic Indian book cover design and public wall art.
E. Dawson Varughese has written extensively on post-millennial Indian genre fiction in English including: Chick Lit, what she termed in 2013 as ‘Crick Lit’, call centre fiction, and her most recent book Genre Fiction of New India (2016, Routledge) examines mythology-inspired fiction. She has coined the term ‘Bharati fantasy’ as part of her work on mythology-inspired fiction and more recently she has been writing about Indian fantasy in English more specifically (see Post-millennial “Indian Fantasy” fiction in English and the question of mythology: Writing beyond the “usual suspects” )
Click on the following links for publications on post-millennial genre fiction of New India:
‘Genre Fiction of New India: post-millennial configurations of Crick Lit, Chick Lit and crime writing’, in A. Tickell (ed) South-Asian fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
Visuality and visual cultures
As part of her work on the Indian post-millennial popular, E. Dawson Varughese’s research examines visuality through different media and artistic expressions including:
The Indian graphic novel and graphic narratives more broadly
Domestic genre fiction book cover design
In 2016 she was a co-editor (with Prof Rajinder Dudrah) for a Special Issue of South Asian Popular Culture entitled: ‘Graphic Novels and Visual Cultures in South Asia’.
In 2017 she published Visuality and Identity in Post-millennial Indian Graphic Narratives with Palgrave.
Click on the following links for publications on visuality in New India: