Gurumurthy Neelakantan

PhD (IIT Kanpur)

Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences


Research Interest



  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 1989
    Thesis Title:The Waste Land and Beyond: An Approach to Saul Bellow's Worldview.
    Thesis Supervisor:Prof. Raj Kumar Gupta
  • M.A., Madras Christian College, 1983
  • B.A., Loyola College, Madras, 1981




Modern British and American Fiction; Modernist Literature; World Literature; Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Post-War American Literature; Methodology of Literary Research; English Language Teaching; Professional Communication.



  • Textualizing the Self: Adultery, Blatant Fictions, and Jewishness in Philip Roth's Deception." Ed. Jay L. Halio, Shofar, 19. 1 (Fall 2000): 40- 47. Reprinted in Turning up the Flame: Philip Roth's Later Novels, eds. Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005, 58-67.

  • Beast in Chicago: Saul Bellow's Apocalypse in The Dean's December. International Fiction Review, 30 (Spring 2003): 67- 76.

  • Monster in Newark: Philip Roth's Apocalypse in American Pastoral. Special Issue on Philip Roth in Studies in American Jewish Literature 23 (2004): 55-66.

  • Philip Roth's Nostalgia for the Yiddishkayt and the New Deal Idealisms in The Plot Against America." Philip Roth Studies Vol. 4.2 (Fall 2008): 125- 136.

  • Philip Roth's Heroic Ideal in Indignation and Nemesis. Philip Roth: Critical Insights. Ed. Aimee Pozorski. Massachusetts: Salem Press, 2013. 200-19.

  • Fiction as Faith: Philip Roth's Testament in Exit Ghost. Philip Roth Studies 10.2 (Fall 2014): 31-45.



  • International Association of University Professors of English, Switzerland.

  • Consulting Editor. Philip Roth Studies. Purdue University Press.

  • Rahul and Namita Gautam Chair at IIT Kanpur.

  • Distinguished Teacher Award conferred by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2013).



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