Gautama Polanki | Department of English

Profile

Gautama
Polanki
Assistant Professor
Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
E370
Block-Shiv Nadar University, Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
India
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Profile Summary 

With a background in engineering as well as in the humanities, Gautama is interested in the way new technologies are creating new forms of narrative and new kinds of reader experience. His doctoral work, "Accepting the Unbelievable: How Fictional Worlds Become Real for Us" explored the cognitive/phenomenological aspects of fictional experience. Gautama also has an interest in postmodernist theory and aesthetics. His MPhil dissertation explored the mythopoeic aspects of David Mitchell's novel, Cloud Atlas. 

Gautama studied civil engineering at IIT Madras, after which he spent six years as a software developer in various companies. He shifted to the Humanities in 2002 and got his PhD from EFL University in 2013. He has been Assistant Professor at SNU since July 2014.   

 

 

Educational Qualifications 
1996
B.Tech, Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
2008
M.Phil (English Literature)
CIEFL, Hyderabad
2013
Ph.D (English Literature)
EFL University, Hyderabad
Work Experience 
08/13
04/14
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities
IIIT Sri City
08/01
03/02
Senior Software Engineer
Lisle Technology Partners, Bangalore
10/96
07/00
Senior Systems Analyst
Infosys Technologies Ltd
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Reader-response theory
Cognitive poetics
Narrative Theory
Postmodernist Fiction

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

2018

“The Iterable Messiah: Postmodernist Mythopoeia in Cloud Atlas,” C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings. 6.3. https://doi.org/10.16995/c21.59

2017

“Unwitting Interpreters: Some Cognitive Strategies Used by Readers of Fiction.” The EFL Journal 8.1.

Journal Articles

2016

“When Harry Met Darcy.” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 52.44-45. (2016).

Books & Book Chapters

2013

“Witch Hunts Need Witches.” The Hoot Reader: Media Practice in Twenty-first Century India, eds. Sevanti Ninan & Subarno Chattarji. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. (2013).