Faculty Profile


Maitrayee Roychoudhury has an M.Phil. in English Literature from the Department of English, Delhi University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at ARSD College, New Delhi. Her research, which she hopes to enlarge into a doctoral thesis, focuses on late-Victorian and early Edwardian popular fiction. Tracing the discursive formation of certain staple ideological configurations—the woman, the home, and the nation— as well as the contestations therein is of special interest to her. Her research areas also include Bengali children’s fiction, crime writing and graphic satire focusing on South Asia. Her essays have been published in Scroll, The New Indian Express, Quiet Mountain: New Feminist Essays, Victorian Web, and CrimeCulture. She has previously taught at Lady Shri Ram College for Women and St. Stephen’s College.

Educational Qualification

  • M.Phil. (English), Delhi University (2008-2010) First division with Distinction
  • M.A. English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University (May 2007) Gold medallist
  • B.A. Hons English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University (July 2005) Gold medallist
  • St. Joseph’s School, Matigara, West Bengal (Class XII, I.S.C., 2002) 
  • St. Joseph’s Convent, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu (Class X, A.I.S.L.C.E, 2000) 
Career Profile

Teaching Experience: 6 years (Approx.)

Areas of Specialization / Interest

19th century British Literature; Detective fiction; Children's literature; Graphic narratives

Subjects Taught

I am currently teaching Bhimayana (Durga Bai Vyam, Subhash Vyam, S. Anand, and Srividya Natarajan) and The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams) to second year students of English (Hons).

Research Projects (Major Grants/Research Collaboration)

Member, Star Innovation Project: “Re-inventing Select folk Theatre Forms of North and East India: Towards a New Idiom of Contemporary Theatre.”

Nodal Officer Dr. Anamika Prasad

Duration: 3 years

Publications Profile



Research Publications
  • “She-Kings, Sprinters, and Aviators: Ama Ata Aidoo’s Radical Women-scapes” in A Warble of Postcolonial Voices: An Anthology of Short Stories and Poems. Vol. 1: Short Stories. . Ed. Someshwar Sati. New Delhi: Worldview, 2015.
  • “Rent Hearths and Fragmented Selves: Disordered Spaces in The Moonstone.” Victorian Web. <http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/collins/roychoudhury.html>. Web.
  • “Rent Hearths and Fragmented Selves: Disordered Spaces in The Moonstone.” Crimeculture. <http://www.crimeculture.com/Contents/Articles-Summer10/roychoudhury.html/>. Web. (Summer 2010)
  • “H.D.’s Palimpsest: A Feminist Historiography of Dissent.” Quiet Mountain: New Feminist Essays 7.4 (New Year Issue 2010). <http://www.quietmountainessays.org/Roychoudhury.html>.
Popular Articles and Reviews
Conference Participation / Presentations

  • Attended a Faculty Development Program on teaching English Communication Skills, co-hosted by Regional English Language Office, American Embassy, and Kamala Nehru College, 16-18 November 2015.
  • Presented the paper “Strong Arms, Sturdy Feet: Subversion in Three Victorian Fairy Tales” at a panel discussion on Practices of Reading, Writing and Publishing Children’s Literature, Hansraj College, 25 February 2013.
  • Presented the paper “Women who stand alone: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening” at the national conference on Gender and Writing, Ramjas College, 16-17 Feb. 2012.
  • Presented the paper “The ‘Petticoated Eye’: Conflicts of Gender, Class, and Genre in the Figure of the Victorian Lady Detective” at Body of Evidence: The Crime Fiction Conference, St. Stephen’s College, 24-26 Feb. 2012.
  • Presented the paper “The Same Nation, Different Pasts: Kipling and Nesbit’s Britain” at Figuring the Past: The Literary and Historical Imagination, the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies’ annual international seminar, Mar. 2011.
  • Presented the paper “Corner Views: Home, Nation, and Victorian Popular Fiction” at the Cultural Studies Workshop, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, Jan. 2011.
Administrative Assignments

Member, NAAC Steering Committee

Member, Prospectus Committee, 2016

Member, NAAC Committee on Documentation



Other Activities

  • Faculty Advisor, English Literary Society, Lady Shri Ram College, July 2012–April 2013
  • Faculty Advisor, Expressions: The Creative Writing Society, Lady Shri Ram College, July 2012–April 2013
  • Faculty Advisor, Bengali Literary Society, St. Stephen’s College, July 2011–Nov.2011
  • Faculty Advisor, English Literary Society, Lady Shri Ram College, Oct. 2010–May 2011

  • Organized an interdisciplinary National Seminar titled “Traditions of Intellectual Inquiry: Histories, Politics, Responses” at Lady Shri Ram College for Women (March 2013)
  • Organized SPELL, a half-day workshop on Children’s Literature: Childhood, Pedagogy and Literary Forms (April 2010)