Instructional Assistant Professor
649 Agnes Arnold Hall,
University of Houston,
Houston, TX 77204
Bhavya Tiwari holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at University of Houston. She teaches a range of courses, starting from "World Cultures Through Literature and Arts," "Indian Cinema: Bollywood and Beyond," “Comparative Modernisms: The Global South” to Hindi language. Her courses are cross-listed with English, World Cultures & Literatures, Comparative Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of Houston. Her research interests are comparative and world literature, translation studies, global modernisms, postcolonial theory, and South Asian, Anglo American, and Latin American literary traditions.
Modern Indian Literature as World literature under contract with Bloomsbury Press.
Modern Indian Literature as World Literature shows that Indian literature is neither a sum total of all the literary and linguistic traditions, nor a one-on-one comparative juxtaposition of single literary texts; instead, it is a spatial and temporal translation, raising questions of politics, circulation, colonialism, language, gender, genre, aesthetics, and myths in local and world literatures.
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
- Ultraminor Literature in a Major Language: An Indian Way of Thinking the Case of Chemmeen in Malayalam,” Journal of World Literature. 2.2 (June 2017). 255-71.
- “World Literature and the Case of Joyce, Borges, and Rao.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 14.2 (June 2012).
- “Following the American Dream in the short stories of Julio Ramon Ribeyro, and Neruda's play Splendor and Death of Joaquin Murieta.” La Cultura Hispánica. Kolkata: Organ of the Indo Latin American Association, 2008. 18-21.
Peer-reviewed book chapters:
- “Ramcharitmanas as World Literature.” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Vol 2. Ed. Ken Seigneurie. Forthcoming in 2018.
- “World Literature and the Case of Joyce, Borges, and Rao.” The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies. Ed. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Tutun Mukherjee. Cambridge University Press, 2013, 382-396. (Reprint).
- “Rabindranath Tagore’s Comparative World Literature.” The Routledge Companion to World Literature. Ed. Theo D’haen, David Damrosch, and Djelal Kadir. New York: Routledge Companions Series, 2012. 41-48.
- New Faculty Research Grant, University of Houston, February-August 2017.
- Project Completion Grant, University of Houston, February-August 2017.
- Institute of World Literature, Harvard University, June 17th -July 15th 2016.
- Dissertation completion fellowship (fall 2012- spring 2013): Graduate School’s Named Continuing fellowship by The University of Texas at Austin.
International and National Academic Awards and Honors:
- 2011: Horst Frenz Award, Honorable Mention for the best presentation at the American Comparative Literature Association’s annual conference, held in Vancouver, Canada.
- Citations of ACLA Prizewinning Scholarship, Comparative Literary Studies, Penn State University Press Vol. 48, No. 4 (2011), pp. 576-580.
Selected Conference Presentations:
- “Comparative World Poetics: Gabriela Mistral and Mahadevi Varma,” American Comparative Literature association, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 07/07/2017.
- “Ultraminor Literature in a Major Language: An Indian Way of Thinking The Case of Chemmeen in Malayalam,” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, 03/19/16.
- “Worlding Comparative Literature’s Theory,” American Comparative Literature Association, New York City, 03/22/2014.
- “The Death of Theory and the Birth of New Comparative Literature,” Modern Language Association, Boston, 01/03/2013.
- “Poetry, Translation, and Comparative Literature: Mistral and Mahadevi,” American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, 03/31/2012.
- “Translation and Comparative Literature in India,” American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, Canada, 04/03/2011.
- “Metempsychosis of James Joyce in India and Latin America,” Colloquium, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at Austin, 02/15/2011.
- “Comparative World Literature in India,” American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, 04/04/2010.
- “A Comparative Study of Gender and Nationalism in Cuba and India through Bama and Reyita’s Testimony,” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, 03/27/2009.
Invited lectures and Public talks:
- Public lecture, “Beyond Religion: Female Divinities in Modern Hinduism,” Unity Church, Houston, July 23rd, 2017.
- Lecture, “India as World,” Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, April 21st, 2017.
- Guest Lecture, “Divinities in Hinduism,” Department of Modern & Classical Languages, University of Houston, April 6th, 2017.
- Public Lecture, “Hinduism,” Moody Methodist Church’s World Religions series, 21st & 28th September, 2016.
- Panel Moderator, Talk by Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana on “Feminism and Translation: Understanding Contemporary Social Movements in India,” English department, University of Houston, April 2016.
- Guest Lecturer, “Ramayana,” Religious Studies, University of Houston, November 2015.
- Guest Lecturer, “Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children,” Modern & Classical Languages, University of Houston, November 2015.
- Participant, Article-writing workshop, organized by Comparative Literature Studies (CLS) and ACLA, NYU, March, 2014.
Courses Taught at University of Houston:
- WCL 2351: World Cultures Through Literature and Arts, University of Houston, undergraduate seminar. This course studies local and global developments and conflicts through works of literature, paintings, and film. It pays special attention to colonial history, nationalism, globalization, transnationalism, and migration of people and ideas. Fall 17, Spring 18
- CCS2394/WCL 2370: Cultures of India, University of Houston, undergraduate seminar. This course exposes students to various literary and cultural traditions of India via poetry, films, novels, essays, and short stories. The course centers around answering the fundamental question: what is an Indian literature/culture? Spring 15, 17, 18 & Fall 16, 17.
- ILAS 2350: Introduction to Liberal Studies, University of Houston. This required introductory course initiates students to do critical thinking, reading, and writing that forms the backbone of liberal arts education. I introduce students to various philosophic, religious, and literary texts to initiate them into a journey of life-long learning. Fall 15, 16, 17. Spring 15, 16, 17. Summer 15&16.
- HIN 2302/2301/1501/1502: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced Hindi, University of Houston. This course teaches students reading, writing, speaking skills in Hindi by introducing them to grammar, literature, registers, and cultures of Hindi-speaking ethnicities. Fall, 16,15 & Spring 16, 17.
- CCS3356/WCL3397: Comparative Modernisms: The Global South, University of Houston. This course introduces modernism as a “world” aesthetic and its different forms in the global south, especially South Asia and Latin America, by looking at poems, movies, essays, novels, letters, and plays written and translated in English. Fall 15.
Peer-reviewer and on the editorial board, Journal of World Literature
Adviser, CoogPalz, University of Houston
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
- South Asian Diaspora International Researchers' Network (SADIRN)