American Literature(s), South Asian and International Film, First-Year Writing


Srimati Mukherjee is Professor of English, Teaching Track. She acquired her Bachelors Degree from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, her Masters from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and her PH.D. from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Mukherjee is the recipient of a Temple University Presidential Humanities and Arts Award in 2017 for two linked book projects in the field of Creative Writing. She is the author of the book Women and Resistance in Contemporary Bengali Cinema: A Freedom Incomplete (New York, London, and E-book: Routledge, 2016; Routledge, Paperback 2018). 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; South Asian History and Culture; Asiatic; and Scritture Migranti. Her short fiction has been published in the Xavier Review, Feminist Studies, and most recently, in an anthology out of Malaysia. She has presented papers and organized and chaired panels on numerous occasions in conferences such as the Modern Language Association Conference and National Women’s Studies Association Conference as also at Temple University. In spring 2020, she was one of ten recipients of a Temple University Faculty Senate Service Award.

Mukherjee 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 summer 2017, she offered two courses on cinema in London for the English Department's Study Abroad Program: "The City in English Culture", a program founded and directed by Professor Steven Newman. In recent years, her students have won awards such as the Sara M. Halpen Award in the Humanities (CLA 2013); the General Education Award for Academic Excellence (2012); the General Education Diamond Peer Tutor Award (2013 for spring 2014); the Loretta C. Duckworth Prize in English (2015); the Randy and Samantha Deglin Memorial Award in English (2018); and the Dennis and Joan Lebofsky Award in the First-Year Writing Program (2016, 2017). In 2020, her student won the English Department's Robert Marler Award, given annually for the best undergraduate essay.

Recently, Mukherjee has served on and chaired the Faculty Senate International Programs Committee and the College of Liberal Arts Promotions Committee for Teaching Track faculty. She also just completed a three-year term as elected representative to Faculty Senate from CLA.

In spring 2021, Mukherjee, together with her colleague Rebeca Hey-Colón of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, started the College of Liberal Arts Writers of Color Reading and Discussion series with strong support from CLA and the Center for the Humanities at Temple.

Selected Publications


  • Women and Resistance in Contemporary Bengali Cinema. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Critical Articles (Refereed)

  • Cinematic Representations of Rabindranath Tagore's Views of Nationalism: The Figure of the 'Patriot' in Ghare Baire and Elar Char Adhyay."  Tagore, Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Perceptions, Contestations and Contemporary Relevance. Ed. Mohammad A. Quayum. Routledge India, 2020
  • “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 4498 Studies in Modern American Literature: Race and Identity in the Works of William Faulkner and James Baldwin
  • English 3323: 19th Century American Fiction

  • English 3241: English Romanticism

  • English 3711: Intermediate Film (Also taught in London for the English Department's Study Abroad Program; adapted to "The City in English Culture")

  • English 3221: Advanced Shakespeare I

  • English 3222: Advanced Shakespeare II

  • English 0701: Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • English 0822: Shakespeare in the Movies (Also taught in London for the English Department's Study Abroad Program; adapted to "The City in English Culture")
  • 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 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