Divya Dwivedi

Divya Dwivedi
Assistant Professor
Literature, Philosophy
CV Summary: 

Divya's studies focus on the possibility that ontology, as the inquiry into Being as such, can comprehend literary specificity. In collaboration with Shaj Mohan she is currently occupied by the unique thought system bequeathed by M K Gandhi and some of their writings, including a a philosophical monograph are devoted to examining the concept of man and nature that obtains in the archive of his words and works.
She is the co-editor with Sanil V of Public Sphere from outside the West (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). Her forthcoming publications include Narratology and Ideology: Negotiating Context, Form and Theory in Postcolonial Texts co-edited with Richard Walsh and Henrik Skov Nielsen (Ohio State UP, 2018) which is a narratological investigation into the ideological conditions of postcolonial theory; Structuralism and Narratology in series edited by Herman Rapaport (Orient Blackswan); and ‘Anti-Mimetic Theory and Postcolonialism’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Narrative Theory edited by Robin Warhol, Mark Currie and Zara Dinnen. Her narratological research has focused on Unnatural Narratology, specifically on narrative time, narrative space and narrative voice.
She was Visiting Fellow at Centre for Fictionality Studies, Aarhus University. She was elected as a member of the Committee on Literary Theory, International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) in June 2017.

Keynote Address at the conference "Precarious Representations"
FRIAS (Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies), University of Freiburg, Germany
12th & 13th January 2018

November 12th to 23rd, 2018, IIT Delhi
For more details please click here (shortened link to course brochure) : http://cepqip.iitd.ac.in/gian/TKA%20Brochure%20(Bernard%20Stiegler).pdf
Please register in GIAN portal (http://www.gian.iitkgp.ac.in/GREGN/index.)

(The course is free for IITD participants. Students, researchers and faculty from IITD or other institutions who wish to apply should register at the GIAN portal for a one-time fee of Rs. 500/-)

Forthcoming international conference:
THE PRESENT OF THE DAY (22-23 January 2018)
with Barbara Cassin, Jean-Luc Nancy, Robert J. C. Young, Patrice Maniglier, Simon During, Supriya Choudhuri
Organisers: Divya Dwivedi, Bijoy Boruah, C. A. Tomy

November 13th to 17th, 2017, IIT Delhi
Details: https://goo.gl/MYSmUJ


Gandhi: Law and the Law-giver
Seminar by Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan
Chairs: Barbara Cassin and Marc Crépon

Tuesday, 1st March 2017, 19h-21h, Salle Cavaillès 45 rue d’Ulm 75005
École Normale Supérieure


Good Government: A Philosophical Quest
at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi, Dec 27-28

Participants: Bernard Stiegler, Divya Dwivedi, Shaj Mohan, Vijay Tankha, Katja Freistein, Michael de Saint Cheron.

Good Government proceeds from the 14th century Effects of Good and Bad Government by the Italian painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Eminent thinkers will convene to discuss the idea of the ‘good government’ as conceived in the cultural history of India and Europe. Looking at history will go hand in hand with prospections towards the future, but it is today that we must question what we expect from ‘good government’: between the risk of technological disruption, educational challenges, the challenges of representation, trends in international news, the role of artists and the function of art, ‘Good Government’ is a philosophical principle that should be thought of.

Organisers: Institut Français, Paris; Embassy of France in India; Institut Français, India; Goethe-Institut; Alliance Française, Thiruvananthapuram; and Kochi Biennale Foundation.

For more information, please see: https://www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org/good-government/

Contact Information

Research Areas

Philosophy of Literature (Classical Poetics, German Romanticism, Russian Formalism), Aesthetics (Kant, Foucault, Ranciere), Philosophy of Psychoanalysis (Freud, Heidegger, Lacan, Deleuze, Derrida), Narratology, Literary Theory and Criticism, Formal inquiry into fictionality (Theory of Language, Modal Logic,Temporal Logic, Quine), Political thought of Gandhi, Political Cartoons and Novels of O V Vijayan.

Academic Background

PHD (2011) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences;

MPHIL (2005) University of Delhi, Department of English

MA (2003) St Stephen’s College, DU, Subject: English

BA (Hons.) (2001) Lady Sri Ram College, DU, Subject: English

Employment History

2011 Jan – 2012 April Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of English, Delhi University:

2003 – 2004 Asst. Professor (Ad-Hoc), St. Stephen’s College, DU:


(forthcoming) “The Addressee Function and Narratological Education. Lessons in Vijayan” in Dwivedi, Walsh and Nielsen ed., Narrative Theory and Ideology: Reading New literatures (Columbus and New Delhi: Ohio State University Press and Orient Blackswan)

(2015) “Philosophy and Literature”. Module for UGC E-Pathshala. Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI.

(2015) “The Rift Design of Politics: ‘Let the Right One In’” in Dwivedi and Sanil ed., Public Sphere from Outside the West. London: Bloomsbury, 277-296.


“Outside the West: Whence? Whither?” (Introduction), Dwivedi and Sanil ed., Public Sphere from Outside the West. London: Bloomsbury, 1-12

(2014) Shaj Mohan, Divya Dwivedi, “Philosophy—Doing the Interval”, Challenges of Post Modernism, (ed) R. C. Pradhan, Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, 1-16.

(2014) Shaj Mohan, Divya Dwivedi, “Pothu Mandhalathile Snehathinu Vendi” (For a Public Sphere of Love, dialogue with Subhashini Ali), Chumbikkunna Manushyar, Chumbikkatha Manyushar, (ed) Unni R., Kottayam: D. C. Books, 251-270. Rpt. Mathrubhumi

(2013) Dwivedi, Divya; and Nielsen, Henrik Skov “The Paradox of Testimony and First-Person Plural Narration in Jensen's We, the Drowned.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.7 (2013): http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.2388 Purdue University.

(2011) with Shaj Mohan, “Gandhi’s Life and Thought”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 46, No. 01 January 1-7 (Review of Jad Adams, Gandhi: Naked Ambition, London: Quercus, 2010; and Kathryn Tidrick, Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life, New York and London: IB Tauris, 2006)

(2010) with Shaj Mohan, “Paternal Reason”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 45, No. 36, September 4-10 (Review of Douglas Allen ed, The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century, Lexington Books US, 2008; South Asia ed. Oxford UP, 2009)

(2009) “Of Lines and Letters” (paper on the political cartoons of O. V. Vijayan) in Word, Image, Text: Studies in Literary and Visual Culture edited by Shormishtha Panja, Shirshendu Chakrabarti and Christel Dewadawson (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan)

(2008) “O. V. Vijayan: The Echo of the Cupola (Literature-New Literatures)” in Southern Postcolonialisms: The Global South and the ‘New’ Literary Representations edited by Sumanyu Satpathy (London and New Delhi: Routledge)

(2008) with Shaj Mohan, “The Song of the Mahatma”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43, No. 29, July 19-25, Pgs 34-36. (Review of Anthony Parel, Gandhi’s Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony, Cambridge University Press 2006, South Asia Ed. 2008)

(2007) with Shaj Mohan, “Critical Nation”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 42, No. 48, December 1-7, Pgs. 96-103. (Special article on Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj)

(2006) “Body of the Midwife: A Platonic Possibility of Feminism”, Yearly Review (Dept. of Eng., DU), No. 14.


Forthcoming international conference with Barbara Cassin, Jean-Luc Nancy, Robert J. C. Young, Patrice Maniglier, Simon During, Supriya Choudhuri:

THE PRESENT OF THE DAY (22-23 January 2018)
Organisers: Divya Dwivedi, Bijoy Boruah, C. A. Tomy


2007 Senior Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission
2005 Junior Research Fellowship & NET, University Grants Commission
2004 N. S. Pradhan Memorial Gold Medal for 1st Rank in MA Final Examination, University of Delhi
Principal B. B. Gupta Memorial Gold Medal for 1st Rank in MA Previous Examination, University of Delhi