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Prof. Shyamala A. Narayan (Retd.)


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  shyampka@yahoo.com  (Secondary)


Professor Shyamala A. Narayan is one of the foremost scholars of Indian English literature. She has more than four decades of research experience in the field, having published six books and more than 100 articles in leading journals. Since 1972, she has compiled the Indian section of the “Bibliography of Commonwealth Literature” published annually in the December issue of Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Sage Publications, London). This is widely regarded as the most comprehensive critical guide to the year’s literary output, and is the primary archival resource for researchers in Indian English literature. She has been invited for keynote addresses and lectures at several universities in India and abroad, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), Visvabharati (Santiniketan), University of Delhi and University of California (Berkeley).

Professor Narayan retired in 2012 after serving for six years as the Head of the Department of English at Jamia Millia Islamia (a Central University). She has served on syllabus committees and selection committees at several universities, and as a jury member for prestigious literary prizes including the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Most recently, she was in charge of formulating the semester-wise syllabus for M.A. and B.A. in English at Jamia Millia Islamia.