New India

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.

Genre Fiction

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:

‘Post-Millennial ‘Mythology-Inspired Fiction’ in English: The Market, the Genre, and the (Global) Reader’

‘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)

‘New India/n Woman’: agency and identity in post-millennial Chick Lit’ in U. Anjaria (ed) The Cambridge History of the Indian Novel in English (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

‘Style in World Literature in English(es)’, in V. Sotirova (ed) Companion to Stylistics, (London, New York: Bloomsbury)


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

Public artwork(s)

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:

Consuming Post-millennial Indian Chick Lit: Visuality and the Popular in Post-millennial India

Neelima P. Aryan’s ‘the prey’ from Drawing the Line: a graphic narrative response to the Delhi gang rape

(Social) Memory, Movements and Messaging on Tulsi Pipe Road: ‘Seeing’ Public Wall Art in Mumbai

“The cracks of post-liberalized India”: Storying the “New Society” through Banerjee’s The Harappa Files (2011)

IMPOSTERS’: an interview with graphic artist and designer Orijit Sen

Indian Writing in English and Issues of Visual Representation: judging more than a book by its cover (co-authored with Lisa Lau)