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Ranita Chatterjee

Ranita  Chatterjee Associate Professor
PhD (1998) University of Western Ontario
Office: Sierra Tower Room, 716
Phone: Telephone: (818) 677-3412
Email: ranita.chatterjee@csun.edu

Office Hours

None submitted for this semester.


After teaching for a few years at the University of Utah and then as a Visiting Professor at Vassar College for the English department and Women’s Studies program, I joined the English department at CSUN in 2000. My areas of expertise include British Romanticism, the gothic, the British Nineteenth Century, literary theory, and cultural studies. My interest in theory deepened when I was a doctoral student and I was fortunate enough to participate in a seminar with Eve Sedgwick (for some the still reigning queen of queer theory) at the School for Criticism and Theory intensive summer workshop then held at Dartmouth College. My theoretical leanings are still poststructuralist, Lacanian, feminist and queer but in a more eclectic way. My staple courses are English 458 (The Romantic Age), English 436 (Major Critical Theories) and English 638 (A Graduate Seminar in Critical Approaches to Literature). I have also taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on the gothic novel; the Godwin-Shelley literary family; and the Romantic poets William Wordsworth and PB Shelley; “Gothic Sexualities and Romantic Subjectivities;" “Sex, Drugs, and Rights: Experimentation in the British Romantic Era;” and "Harry Potter and Critical Theories." I already have a few published articles on the Godwin-Shelley literary family, feminist psychoanalysis, queer theory, and gothic novels of the 1790s. My ongoing project is a book on the queer intertextual dynamics of the writings of William Godwin and several 1790s women writers including also his daughter Mary Shelley and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft. I am also working on two cultural studies articles: one on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer that explores the show’s complex depiction of female power and sexuality as ostensibly liberatory and yet restricted in important ways; the other on the Harry Potter novels and their exploration of institutional versus anarchic ideologies.