Banerjee, pursuing a PhD in comparative literature, completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in comparative literature at Jadavpur University in India.
Banerjee’s proposed thesis, Stories of Her Shifting Orbits – Indian Woman Refurbishing her Face through the Fluid Edges of Post-independence History, examines the metamorphosis of ‘family’ as a concept and locating the changing position of women within and without the domesticity, against the larger backdrop of post-Independence India. The goal of this research is to identify the different strategies of patriarchy in terms of the sexual violence they inflict.
“It goes without saying that the faculty members here are superb – their disposal to an uninitiated student could not have been any better,” she says. “Any word to describe the immense momentum of love, co-operation and support that I have been receiving from these people would be too limited and dilute.”
Comparative Literature and Culture focuses on international literature as well as film, visual art and music within the context of cultural history, linguistic development, economic practices, as well as philosophical and aesthetic assumptions. You will become “culturally literate” through contact with important artistic achievements from numerous countries. Although you can learn many languages at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, courses in Comparative Literature and Culture are all taught in English, and all the texts are read in translation.