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Dr. Malathy A

Assistant Professor


Dr. Malathy A. joined IGNOU as Assistant Professor in 2005 and has been involved with language editing of study material, and development and co-ordination of courses of the Post Graduate Diploma in Book Publishing. Currently she is developing an elective course ‘The Australian Novel’ for the M. A. English programme, ‘MIL Malayalam’ course for the B.A. programme , and core courses for the BA English (Hons.) and BA (General) programmes.

A post graduate from the University of Kerala, Dr. Malathy holds an MPhil in D. H. Lawrence studies from the University of Nottingham, UK, and a PhD in Australian fiction from JNU, New Delhi. Her research focuses on possibilities of re-interpreting traditional Indian critical concepts for contemporary critical discourse. Her MPhil research attempted to develop a reading strategy by re-defining the ‘Tinai’ theory as outlined in the Tamil critical text, the Tolkappiyam, in modern terms. She is also interested in eco-critical approaches to literary texts to consider the intersections between the human and the non-human worlds. Her PhD research studied how the tensions between different ways of knowing and using the Australian land, derived from the ancient traditions of the Aboriginal communities and the Eurocentric settler perspectives, are reflected in fictional writings of Australia. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and published papers on these themes.

Doctor of Philosophy (subject) year
English, 2015
Name of the University:
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Discipline: English
Doctoral Research Topic:
“Writing the Land: Literary Mappings of Western Australia”
Academic Achievement: if any
Master of Philosophy (subject) year
English        (2005)
Name of the University:
University of Nottingham, UK
Discipline: English
Dissertation Topic: ‘Mapping the East Midlands: Indian Critical Concepts as an Approach to D. H. Lawrence’s Fiction’.
Academic Achievement: if any
Master of Arts (Subject) year
Name of the university:
 University of Kerala
Discipline:       English
Academic Achievement: First class with third rank in the University
Bachelor of Arts (Subject) year
Name of the university: University of Kerala
Academic Achievement:     First class

WORK EXPERIENCE: Total: 18 years

  • IGNOU: Permanent; December 2005 till date (13 years, 7 months)
  • Lady Shriram College for Women, University of Delhi: Ad-hoc; October 2004 till April 2005( 6 months)
  • P.G.D.A.V. College, University of Delhi: Temporary; September 1997 till October 2001( 4 years)



  • Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals: 3
  • Chapters in Books: 3
  • Papers presented at International/ National Conferences: 9


Membership of Professional body/ Statutory body
Name of statutory body/ institution/
 Member of Executive Committee and Life Member
Indian Association for the Study of Australia
2016 till date
School Board, School of Humanities, IGNOU
2006 -2008; 2012 – 2014;
School Board, SOPVA, IGNOU
2007 -2009







Official Address:
School of Humanities ,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India