Professor of Instruction
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Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


First Year Writing, American immigrant and diasporic identities, South Asian Film


Srimati Mukherjee is Professor of English, Teaching Track. She acquired her education in Kolkata, India and came to the United States with a scholarship for the Ph.D. which she completed on American Literature at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She has been at Temple University since 1999 and taught a range of courses for English, American Studies, Women’s Studies, and the First-Year Writing Program. In recent years, her students have been accepted into the Temple Rome Program; and won awards such as the Sara M. Halpen Award in the Humanities (CLA); the General Education Award for Academic Excellence; the General Education Diamond Peer Tutor Award; the Loretta C. Duckworth Prize in English; and the Dennis and Joan Lebofsky Award in the First-Year Writing Program. Mukherjee is the author of Women and Resistance in Contemporary Bengali Cinema. She has published critical articles and essays nationally and internationally in peer-reviewed anthologies and journals such as the Quarterly Review of Film and Video; Jump Cut; Asiatic; and Scritture Migranti. Her short fiction has been published in the Xavier Review and Feminist Studies. She has presented papers and organized and chaired panels in conferences such as the Modern Language Association Conference and National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Currently, Mukherjee’s committee work focuses on cumulative progress in student writing and international programs on campus. She works with the Philadelphia Education Fund, as a Post-Secondary Success Fellow from Temple University, to facilitate transition of high school students to college. She has also started a Book Reading and Discussion Group for women in the greater Philadelphia area.

Selected Publications

  • Books:
  • Women and Resistance in Contemporary Bengali Cinema. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Critical Articles (Refereed):
  • “Borrowing, Becoming, and the Question of the Self in Sob Choritro Kalponik.” Published online in South Asian History and Culture 1 July 2015.
  • “‘Negative Difference’ and Its Role in Writing: Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Among the White Moon Faces.” Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature 8.1 (2014): 131-42.
  • “A Not So Banal Evil: Rokeya in Confrontation with Patriarchy.” Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature 7.2 (2013): 82-94.
  • “Chokher Bali: A Historico-Cultural Translation of Tagore.” Jump Cut 54 (2012)
  • “The Impossibility of Incestuous Love: Woman’s Captivity and National Liberation in Rituparno Ghosh’s Utsab.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 29.5 (2012): 401-08.
  • “Introduction.” “Figuring Shadows,” by Shyamal Bagchi. Scritture Migranti 2 (2008): 5-7.
  • “T.S. Eliot: Poet of My Bengali Childhood.” The International Reception of T.S. Eliot. Eds. Elisabeth Daumer and Shyamal Bagchi. New York: Continuum, 2007. 278-83.
  • “Nation, Immigrant, Text: Theresa Hak-Kyung Cha’s Dictee.” Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits. Eds. Shirley Geok-lin Lim et. al. Philadelphia, Temple UP, 2006. 197-215.
  • “Feminism in a Calcutta Context: Assault, Appeasement, and Assertion in Rituparno Ghosh’s Dahan.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 22.3 (2005): 203-10.
  • Fiction (Refereed):
  • “Light Is Something which Is Golden in Color.” Twenty-Two Asian Short Stories. Ed. Mohammad Quayum. Kuala Lumpur: Silverfish, 2016.
  • “Mama’s Boy.” Xavier Review 33.2 (2013): 160-71.
  • “When It Is Green and Not Blue.” Feminist Studies 32.3 (2006): 620-31.

Courses Taught

  • English 0701: Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • English 0801: Shakespeare in the Movies
  • English 0802: Analytical Reading and Writing
  • English 0868: World Society in Literature and Film
  • English 0902: Honors Literature Reading Writing
  • English 2097: Introduction to English Studies
  • English 2111: The Short Story
  • English 2197: Women in Literature (cross-listed Women’s Studies)
  • English 2302: Survey of American Literature II
  • English 2601: Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
  • English 2712: International Film
  • English 3711: Intermediate Film
  • English 0258: Issues in Modern Literature
  • English 0150: Asian American Women Writers (cross-listed American Studies)
  • English 0150: Introduction to Asian American Literature (cross-listed American Studies)
  • Women’s Studies 0801: Border Crossings: Gendered Dimensions of Globalization
  • Women’s Studies 0863: Living for Change: Autobiographies of Women in Radical Social Movements