University of Delhi

NAAC Grade A++ with CGPA 3.71 NIRF Rank # 12 (Amongst Colleges)


Dr. Meenakshi Malhotra

Associate Professor | Department of English

Contact (Off.): +91-11-27667458

Email Address : meenakshi[dot]chat[at]gmail[dot]com

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Womens Studies,Women Writing,Feminist Theory, 19th Century literature, Feminist Historiography



  • B.A. and M.A. from Department of English, Miranda House, University of Delhi , 1984 - 1986 ,
  • M.Phil from Department of English, University of Delhi , 1990 ,
  • PhD. in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University , 2008 ,

1998 – Present Associate Professor, Department of English, Hansraj College, University of Delhi

1990 –1998 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hansraj College, University of Delhi

1998 - 1990 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

1987 - 1998 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hindu College, University of Delhi

English -Womens Writing, 19th Century Literature and History

1 Student Pursuing Ph.D

2Member of .several Research. Advisory Committee

3. Part of IGNOU Board of Studies for .PhD in Womens and Gender Studies

4 Underegraduate and graduate research paper guidance.

Head of Department From  2010-2012,April 2020-May 2021

2019-2020- Convenor of Discipline and Student Welfare Committee

2018-2024-Convenor of Ostraca(English.Creative Writing Society)

2019 -2024-Convenor .of GEC(Gender Equality Cell)


2014-2016-Convenor, Debating Society

Member, WomensDevelopment Cell,Academic Affairs Committees


.Represention of  the Self.:A study of late 19th and early 20th Century Bengali Women's Autobiographies.2008, School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University

1. Malhotra, Meenakshi, Krishna Menon and Rachana Johri Eds (2023.) The Gendered Body in South Asia: Negotiation, Resistance, Strruggle NY and London:.Routledge.

2.Malhotra, M (2023)"Conceptualising the Girl Child in 19th century Bengal through Aagomoni Songs" in S Dutta and S Tandon Making the Woman: Discourses of Gender in 18th-19th India  London and NY: Routledge.

.3. Malhotra, Meenakshi (2020)” Subjugated Knowledges, Emergent Voices: Rereading Indian Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Contemporary India. Eds Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz et al. Revolving Around India(s): Alternative Images, Emerging Perspectives.UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing ISBN (10) 1-5275-4524-5. (13):978-1-5275-4524-3 (Peer review)

4.Malhotra, Meenakshi (2019)” Redrawing the Disciplinary Boundaries of Women’s and Gender Studies through Lifewritings “Edited by Anu Aneja, Women and Gender Studies: Crossings. New Delhi: Routledge. ISBN:978-0-367-36095-5(hbk) 978-0-429-02516-7(ebk).

5 Malhotra, M(2021)The Hound of the Baskervilles: Reflections on Epistemology in Crime Fiction in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Critical edition, Worldview

6.Sylvia Plath and the Poetics and Politics of Confessional Poetry 2021 in Who's afraid of Women's.Writing.eds Sharma, Ruchi and S Moitra.

.7. Malhotra, Meenakshi (2019) Ed Claiming the I: Autobiographies from Across the Spectrum. Delhi: Worldview Critical Editions. ISBN: 978-93-82267-36-2

..8. Malhotra, Meenakshi (2018) ’‘Ecofeminism and its Discontents: Reading the Flowering Tree’’ in Debashree Dattaray and Sarita Sharma eds Ecocriticism and Environment :Rethinking Literature and Culture. New Delhi: Primus Books. ISBN978-93-86552-75-4 (Peer reviewed)

.9 Menon, K and M. Malhotra (2018) “Women and Political Participation” in Biswas, B and R. Kaul Eds in Women and Empowerment in Contemporary India.

.10. Malhotra, Meenakshi and Krishna Menon (2017), “State Intervention in Women’s Rights,” in Brati Biswas Ranjana Kaul eds Women and Empowerment in Contemporary India, pp 142-152 Delhi: Worldview.ISBN:978-93-82267-25-6

.11 Malhotra, Meenakshi (2016) Ed Representing Self, Critiquing Society Selected Lifewritings by Women. Delhi: Worldview Critical Editions. ISBN:978-93-82267-24-9

.12. Malhotra, Meenakshi ‘The Engendering of Hurt: A Feminist Analysis of Hurt Sentiments’ in Rina Ramdev et al. The State of Hurt: Sentiment, Politics, Censorship. 230-251.New Delhi: Sage, 2016. ISBN; 978-93-515-0304-0 (Peer reviewed)

.13 Malhotra, Meenakshi 2015 ‘Reconceptualising the Subject in Queer Theory: A Narrative from India’ in Jillian E. Cox and Jo Grzelinska eds Queering Ways of Seeing, Ways of Queering, pp77-84. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press,.. ISBN:978-1-84888

14Malhota, M (2001)Gender and Nation in The Shadow Lines in Amitav Ghosh.Critical Perspectives



1. “Difficult Subjects: Conceptualising the Politics of Women’s Lifewriting”, Samyukta:A Journal of Gender and Culture 2021 .) ISSN:2393-8013, Peer reviewed

2. The Pedagogical Potential of Dalit Life Writings, Fortell: Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature, Issue no 43, July 2021, UGC listed

3. “Speaking Memory: Testimonies to the Possibilities of Peace’’ in Peaceprints, South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, vol 6 No.1, Summer 2020 (Peer Reviewed)

4. “In Another Country: Gendering Exile in the Work of Some Indian Diasporic Writers” in Impressions Online: A Biannual Journal. Vol xiii, Issue 1, Jan 2019.ISSN:0974892X (Peer reviewed)

5." Inscribing the True Self, Re-inscribing Masculinities:Experiments with Gender in Gandhi's writings and Life Narrations", in JCLA(Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 44, 2021, Peer reviewed .

6"A God who can laugh: Aspects of Hinduism in the works of E. M. Forster and Edward Thompson" in Indialogs: Spanish Journal of Indian Studies, vol 9. no 22, 2022(UGC listed) and DOAJ indexed

7"Reading.Women's Mental Health Memoirs as Disability Texts: Some Reflections" in Women's Link, vol 29, No 2, July 2022, Peer reviewed

8.The Gendering of Genre:Vignettes from Bengali Women's Travel Writing in Late 19th and Early 20th Century.The Research Post, 2022, Peer reviewed

9 Malhota, M and Meon , K." Unbearable Weight: Women and the Shaping of Political subjects through the Politics of Corporeality" in  Journal of International Women's Studies,vol 24, no 6 2022 Scopus indexed

10.The Lady with the Lamp or Feminist Crusader: A Reading of Florence Nightingale's Cassandra in The R.esearch .Post.,2022, vol 4issue 1, .

11Countering Prejudice, Creating Resilience: Concerns.in.Developing Gender Sensitive English Curriculum, in Intellectual Resonance (DCAC journal), vol 5, Dec2022.

12 The Questing Self: Representatipons of Women and Femininity in some of D. H. Lawrence's .Writings, HSS,vol 3., 2 2022 October

13Compound Testimonies: Social critique and/ as Life .Narration Lapis Lazuli,vol12, no 1, July 2023

14 Ecofemiism, Environmental Feminist Praxis and the Flowering Tree, The Research Post, Special issue on Trees: .Varied Paradigms. 2023, vol6, no 1

1. Invited as International Visiting Fellow, Institute for Global Engagement, to Grinnell College, Iowa, to teach a course on Gender and Life writings, 28th October-15th November 2019. 2. Invited to present a lecture at University of Minnesota at Duluth, (UMD) on 11/11/19 3. Presented papers in national and international conferences in UK (2001), Spain (Canary Islands-2011), Prague (2012), Turkey(2012), Australia(2013), Chicago(2015), Toronto(2017) and Paris(2018) in the last decade. 4. Organised and coordinated a faculty Development Programme on ‘’Gender, Research Methods and Pedagogies’’ for college teachers in Hansraj College, University of Delhi Nov 20th-3rd December,2018. 5. Invited as Resource Person to Faculty Development Programme (FDP) at PGDAV, University of Delhi on “Contemporary India: Women and Empowerment, April12,2017 6. Invited Resource Person to FDP on Autobiography at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, November 10,2017. 7. Invited Resource Person to FDP on Detective Fiction at ARSD College, University of Delhi, October 16,2017 8. Addressed workshops on Teaching, Pedagogy and Women’s Studies in University of Delhi, September 5-6th,2011, WSDC, ILLL (February 2016). 9. Chaired sessions and presented many papers in national conferences in University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1998,2013,2015. 10. Funded by British Council (Charles Wallace awardee) to participate in summer school and Oxford conference on “Firing the Canon”, 1990, 2001 11. Convenor and Member of Committees like Women’s Development Cell, Gender Equality Cell, Academic Affairs Committee and Debating and Creative Writing Societies in Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Also, a member of IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell), an apex body/thinktank deciding on academic, pedagogic and Co-Curricular matters in Hansraj College. 12. Member of Screening Committee for Promotions to Assistant and Associate Professor in Hansraj College 13. Member of IACLALS (Indian Society for Commonwealth Literature and Language) 14. Member of CWDS (Centre for Women’s Development Studies)

1. Invited to talk on Women’s Writing as part of Distinguished Lecture series by Deshbandhu College, on 5/4/21, DU 2. Invited to talk on Translation and Tagore on April 17th,2021 Samyukta Poetry. 3. Invited to initiate discussion on Virginia Woolf on 2/12/20 by English Society, PGDAV College, DU

Organised and coordinated FDP on Gender, Pedagogy and Research Methods, Nov 20th-3ed December, 2018.

Resource Person at DPS HRD workshop for English teachers, December 29, 2022

Workshops with Springdales and other schools

Nalanda Studies Fellowship awarded by the FURHHDL, 2021• Member of Editorial Board of Borderless, an online international journal of Creative Writing, published from Singapore, since 2020. • Appointed as Member, NEP Implementation Committee, September 2020(University of Delhi) • Departmental Research Committee /Board of Studies member for admitting Ph.D students in IGNOU for Womens’ and Gender Studies, IGNOU,2015-17,2017-2019 • Editorial Consultant with Pearson publishers for ICSE board English textbooks, Class1-8 ,2017 • External Member of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace committee,2015-2016, IGNOU • Invited as subject expert on interview panels at numerous schools including Sanskriti School (2013) and DAV schools and colleges on numerous occasions (2010 onwards). • Part of curriculum framing team of Masters in Gender Studies in IGNOU and Ambedkar University, Delhi, 2009-2013