Angelie Multani | Humanities & Social Sciences

Angelie Multani

Angelie Multani
CV Summary: 

Angelie Multani is Professor of Literature at the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences. She joined IIT Delhi in December 2003 after teaching in temporary positions at Gargi College, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has studied Literature at St Xavier’s College (Bombay) and at JNU where she wrote her PhD thesis on the politics of performance and production of English language theatre in India in the 1990s. She has published extensively on the plays of Mahesh Dattani. Her research interests are in Indian literature in English, contemporary fiction and fantasy writing. She also teaches courses in these areas.

Contact Information

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas,New Delhi-110016
Tel:+91-11-2659 6524(O)

Research Areas

Politics of production of English language theatre in India, extensive work on Mahesh Dattani, one of India’s foremost contemporary playwrights, published on Indian English theatre and fiction.

Academic Background

BA (Literature) St Xavier's College, Bombay
MA (Literature) Centre for Linguistics & English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Ph.D. Centre for Linguistics & English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Employment History

Taught at Centre for Linguistics & English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Taught at Gargi College, Delhi University
Joined IIT Delhi - 2003


Appropriating Shakespeare on campus: An Indian perspective.’ In Shakespeare on the University Stage Ed. Andrew James Hartley. Cambridge University Press. UK. 2015.

Making the Modern Self: Self-Fashioning and Identity Formation in Indian Writing in English.’ ‘Comparitivism, Identity, Communication. Eds. Emilia Parpala and Rimona Afana. Universtaria Craiova. 2013.

Staged Realities: Texts vis-à-vis Performances’ in ‘The Plays of Mahesh Dattani’ ed. Tutun Mukherjee. Pencraft International. New Delhi. 2012.

The Absurd in Modern European Drama’. In Modern European Drama: From Ibsen to Beckett. Ed. Swati Pal. Pencraft International. New Delhi. 2012.

with Vandana Saxena, 'Plotting Hogwarts: Situating the School Ideologically and Culturally in Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, Julie McGonegal and Arun Mukherjee, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York. 2012.

'Forgiveness is the only Final Solution in ebook: Forgiveness: probing the Boundaries, edited by Geoffrey Karabin and Karolina Wigura, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford. 2010. ISBN 978-1-84888-018-4.

From Black and White to Colour - the changing representation of the white man in mainstream Hindi cinema' reprinted in longer version in Perspectives on Comparative Literature and Culture in the Age of Globalisation, Eds. Suagato Bhaduri and Amar Basu, Anthem Press India, 2010.

'Interrogating the post-colonial - a reading of plays by Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar and Mahesh Dattani. in Modern Indian drama: Issues and Interventions. Ed. Lakshmi Subramanyam. Srishti. New Delhi. 2008.

Games People Play - A Reading of Waiting for Godot. Penguin Study Edition. Ed. GJV Prasad. Penguin Books. New Delhi. 2006.

‘A Metro-sexual Love story’ in Vikram Seth: An Anthology of Recent Criticism, Ed. GJV Prasad. Pencraft International: New Delhi. 2004.

‘Jimmy Porter ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai, or the ‘Motiveless’ Anger of Mr Jimmy Porter’ in The Lost Temper: Critical Essays on Look back in Anger. Ed/ GJV Prasad. Macmillan. 2004.

The Page and the Stage: The Representation of Women in two plays by Mahesh Dattani in Signifying the Self: Women and Literature. EDs. Malashri Lal, Shormishtha Panja and Sumanyu Satpathy. Macmillan. 2004.

‘Lines and their Shadows: A Reading of Gender Roles in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines’. [Ed.] Dr Arvind Choudhary, Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines – Critical Essays, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi. 2002.

‘“Off-Centre” : The Displacement of Women Characters in Ghashiram Kotwal and Tara’, [Ed.] Lakshmi Subramanyam, Muffled Voices: Women in Modern Indian Theatre, Shakti Books, New Delhi. 2002.

With V. K. Karthika, ‘Performance and Reception: Moliere in New Delhi’, [Ed.] Pronoti Sinha, Twentieth Century European Drama, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, 1997.

From the Zoo to the Jungle: A Reading of Mulk Raj Anand’s The Untouchable and Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger in US-China Foreign Language, Vol 10, No. 3 March 2012. David Publishing Co. U.S.A.

'More Indian, Less English? Contemporary Indian Theatre in English. Muse India, No. 29. Jan-Feb 2010. India: The Literary ejournal. ISSN: 0975-1815

Twenty Years of Dattani. Muse India No 23, Jan-Feb 2009. ISSN: 0975-1815

Inner and Outer Space in the Plays of Mahesh Dattani. JSL – Journal of the School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Special Issue on Theatre/Performance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Autumn 2006.

A Conversation with Mahesh Dattani interview published in JSL – Journal of the School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Autumn 2005.

Entry on Mahesh Dattani for the Indian section of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literatures in English (1994). Second Edition, [Eds] Prof. C.D. Narasimhaiah & Dr. Shyamala A. Narayan, Routledge. 2005.

7. Final Solutions? JSL JSL – Journal of the School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies,

On Mahesh Dattani’s Dance Like a Man- The Politics of Production & Performance’, in Seagull Theatre Quarterly, Issue 11, September 1996.

Final Solutions - Text and Criticism . Pencraft International. New Delhi. 2009.

Critical Essays on the work of Mahesh Dattani . Pencraft International. New Delhi. 2007.

Penguin Study Edition of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Penguin India. 2005.

Teaching Areas

Indian Writing in English
Theatre of the Absurd
Fantasy Literature
Contemporary Fiction
Critical Theory