Faculty Profile

Mousumi Ray holds an M.Phil from D.U. Her areas of interest are Film and Literature, Popular Fiction and Renaissance Studies. As a teacher she believes in the efficacy of the ‘chalk and talk' method of lecturing, but likes to regularly intersperse her lectures with slide shows of paintings, art and architecture and movie screenings to give the students a syncretic view of the age and issues under consideration. She believes that teaching is a two-way process and encourages the spirit of interrogation. Her mantra for her students is - ‘The questioning monkey learns most. She is/has been convenor/member of:

NIMBUS- The English Dept. Debating Society

SEM;COLON -English Dept Book Club

SONNET- English Dept. Association

Women's Development Cell

College Improvement Committee

TILT- The Film Appreciation Society.

Bibliophiles and lateral thinkers are welcome to contact her. She has also taught in LSR, Gargi and Miranda House Colleges.

Educational Qualification

  • NET and SLET Qualified
  • M.Phil (DELHI UNIVERSITY) - 1st Div.
  • Certificate course on ‘Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation’, by SIFS India - Grade- A+


Career Profile

Started teaching career with Shri Shikshayatan College, CU-1997, as Part-Time Lecturer.

Academic Activities Teacher at G.D. Birla Girls' High School, Kolkata- 1997-99

Thereafter shifted to Delhi and began my D.U Chapter by teaching in Lady Shri Ram College, Gargi College and Miranda House College.

Permanent faculty in A.R.S.D College since 2005 till date. 

No. of Faculty development programme attended (orientation, Refresher courses and workshops)

  1. Orientation Course  - C.P.D.H.E, University of Delhi, 6th May to

    3rd June, 2008. 

  2. Refresher Course – Academic Staff College- Jamia Millia Islamia,    three weeks Refresher Course in English, 23rd August to 12th  September, 2012 

  3. Attended Workshop on e-learning units in the B.A. English (Hons.) Syllabus of Delhi University on 23rd February, 2010 at the Institute of Lifelong Learning (ILLL)


  4. FDP


    Oct-29- Nov-5, 2020- FDP on “Advanced Pedagogical Techniques”. Organised by TLC- Ramanujan College, DU, and PMMMNT, MHRD, Govt. of India.




    Nov 25- Dec-01--- 2020. FDP on “Higher Education: Road Ahead Developing Next Generation Academic Leaders”. Organized by Sri Venkateshwara College IQAC and PMMMNT and TLC, Ramanujan College, DU.


    Feb-18- 24 Feb, 2021—FDP on “ Academic Writing”, Organised by TLC- Ramanujan College, DU,  MHRD and PMMMNT



    Jun-21- Jun-25--- FDP in English Studies, “Re-Mapping the Indian Novel in English”. Organised by Kirori Mal College, DU.  Mizoram University, Aizawl.  PMMMNT,  and MHRD, Govt. of India.





    Participated in Online Lecture Series, 23 Nov- 2Dec, 2020. Organised by Daath Voyage- International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in English (Peer-Reviewed Open Access e-journal)




Areas of Specialization / Interest

  • Popular Fiction
  • Film and Literature
  • Renaissance - Intellectual foundations

Subjects Taught

At the undergraduate Honours level I teach/ have taught

Greek Tragedy- Oedipus Rex

Renaissance Sonnets- Sidney, Spenser, Donne

Renaissance Drama- Doctor Faustus

Popular Fiction- a) Detective Fiction- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

b) Children's Fiction- Through the Looking Glass

Modernism- W.B. Yeats and T.S Eliot - poems

Mrs. Dalloway- novel

M.A tutorials-  20th century novels and poetry

B.A Prog, B.com- Hons & prog, B.A prog- Disp. paper. AECC, AEEC, G.E



Publications Profile



2014- "The Feminine as Antidote: a Reading of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway", Chapter in Gender Issues (4th Annual Conference; 978-81-926605-9-2, Satyam Publications)



2016-" Overwritings- Euripedes' MEDEA and the Oliteration of the 'Self', Chapter in Gender Issues                 ( 1st International Conference;978-81-926605-5-4) Satyam Publications.



2017- " Emily Dickinson: A poet of Infinite Possibilities" Chapter in Women’s Writing. ( 978-93-83281-81-7)



Book Age Publications.

2021-Book Review of – Indentured and Post-Indentured Experience of Women in the Indian Diaspora, Edited –Dr. Amba Pande. Published in –Diaspora Studies.



18th-19th October, 2019- Paper Titled  'Playing the Woman: Bollywood item songs and the politics of the gaze' Presented at the 3rd international conference on Co-Constitution of Gender and Politics, Center for Gender Studies, Patna.   ISBN 978-81-88419-17-3 




Conference Participation / Presentations

"The Feminine as Antidotea reading of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway". 

Gender Issues 4th Annual Conference, Sri Arbind Mahila College, Patna, 2014. Published by Centre for Gender Studies, Patna – Paper Title 


  "Overwritings: Euripides’ Medea and the Obliteration of the Self” presented at the Centre for Gender Studies, Magadh Mahila College, Patna University, Patna. International Conference on Gender Issue – Proprieties and Challenges


“ Call Me Sheela: Reception, Representation and Recuperation of the Female Gaze in the Item Songs of Hindi Films”. Presented at the conference titled The Female Voice: The Gaze in the Indian Cinematic Imagination, organized by Dept. of English, Bharti College, University of Delhi, 4th-5th April- 2019.


 " "Playing the Woman: Bollywood item songs and the politics of the gaze" Presented at the 3rd international conference on Co-Constitution of Gender and Politics, Center for Gender Studies, Patna, 18th-19th October, 2019.


Under a Spectral Shade: Plant Poisons and Imperial Anxieties in Arthur Conan-Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Mysteries” National Seminar in ARSD College in collaboration with ICSSR18- 19th April, 2023



"Spectral Crises and the Hauntological Turn in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island”  19-20th October, 2023, 4th International

E-conference on Exploring Crisis in Literary and Cultural Studies organized by New Literaria international Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities in collaboration with Dept. of English, Central University of Rajasthan.


"The Revenant Shakespeare: Hamlet and Jacques Derrida’s ideation of injustice, politics and existence in Specters of Marx." Shakespeare Society of India International conference on Shakespeare and Governance, 23-2-24.


“Of Revenants and Arrivants: Climate Change and its Spectres in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island” National Seminar on Nature narratives: Environmental Injustice in Literature and Film,

24-25 April, 2024.


Administrative Assignments


  1. Teacher in-Charge of the English Department, A.R.S.D College in the years 2009-10 and 2015-16


  2. Teacher convenor of the English Debating Society of A.R.S.D College, NIMBUS

  3. English Association convenor in the year 2013-14


  4. Teacher Convernor of The Film Appreciation Society- TILT- 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22.

  5. Paper setter and additional head examiner of B.A (Hons) Eng., English literature literature (i),  unique paper code-203203, Sem-II, 2013.


  6. Paper setter and additional head examiner of  B.A (Hons) Eng., English literature (i), unique paper code-203203, Sem-II Paper, 2014


    2021 (OBE)
    B.A (H) Eng, Paper-III, Eng. Lit.-I
    MARCH-2021 (OBE) CBCS under LOCF)
    52031901- Paper Code


    English Language Through Literature- Paper Name
  8. Made the question bank for ‘Doctor Faustus’, for I.L.L.L. D.U


Other Activities

  1. Awards / Recognitions received by faculty-

Ambassador of Peace Award ( Universal Peace Federation)

2- Workshops

Two-Day Workshop on ACADEMIC WRITING AND COMPOSITION, 21-22 November, 2016, ILLL and American

Embassy, New Delhi.

One- Day FDP on Teaching Crime Fiction: Texts and Methodologies, 16th October, 2017. Dept of English, ARSD College DU.

One-Day FDP on Discipline Centric Elective Paper, 10th November, 2017. Dept. of English, DCAC College, DU.

Two-Day Workshop on SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE 9POSH ACT-2013) 24-25 February, 2020.

PhD Workshop at Shiv Nadar University IoE “Something’s Afoot: Spectres in Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes Series.” 22nd Feb, 2023.


"Roger Ackroyd and the Skeletons in our Closet", 26-10-2016, Hansraj College-DU.

Invited Lecture 'BHASHA TAMASHA' 11-11-2018 at India Habitat Center-A Katha Initiative.


 “Poisoned in Jest: The Curious Case of Detective Fiction”.Online Invited Lecture on Detective Fiction, at Gaur Mohan Sachin Mandal Mahavidyalaya (GMSMM) Calcutta University. Presented a lecture titled  https://youtu.be/KalAWylw6-A 4-9-2020

 Invited Talk, on Popular Literature- Detective Fiction, at Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) Delhi University, 19-11-2020- 20-11-2020.


“Afterlives: A Hauntological Reading of Sujata Massey’s Detective Perveen Mistry Novels” 5th September, 2023, ARSD College, Dept. of English and IQAC Collaboration.

“Deconstructions: Existence as Spectral in the Critical Concept of Hauntology”  12th December, 2023, at Dept. of English, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, University of Delhi.

"Conversation with Author and Editor Tarun K. Saint", 9th March, 2024. Dept. of English ARSD, and IQAC ARSD collaboration.