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Meha Pande


Research overview

Meha completed her BA and MA in English Literature at the University of Delhi. She was awarded the degree of MPhil by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2013 for a dissertation entitled Interrogating Diaspora: A Study of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction.

Between 2012-2016, she taught English Literature to undergraduate students and taught postgraduate students at various colleges in the University of Delhi. She has reviewed several books for The Pioneer - the second oldest English newspaper in India and is editor of Mahabharata: Selections from the Sabha Parva and Udyoga Parva (translated by J.A.B. van Buitenen) , a text prescribed for undergraduate students pursuing B.A (Hons) English Literature in the University of Delhi.

At St. Andrews, she is pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Clare Gill and Dr. Anindya Raychaudhuri. The research is an amalgamation of her love for literature and photography. Provisionally titled The City and the Photographic Aesthetic: Transition from Dickensian Realism to Joycean Modernism, it probes the influence of the visual aesthetic established by the photograph on the representation of the city in the novel form, as it transitioned from the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. It will thus articulate the nature of the shift from the photographic aesthetic of Dickens’s novels, which attempt to present an objective, faithful documentation of London, to the ruptured, fractured and layered world of Joyce’s Dublin.

Meha is the recipient of the George Buchanan Scholarship and the St. Leonard’s College Scholarship, and is an Assistant Warden at the David Russell Apartments.

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