Shweta Rao Garg she has a PhD in English from IIT Roorkee, an M.A. in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and a B.A. from Gujarat University. She was awarded the Gujarat University Gold medal in English during her B.A. and Graduation Scholarship from MHRD during her M.A. She is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2010. She won the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Translation Prize in 2008. Her edited volume, The English Paradigm in India: Essays in Language, Literature and Culture was published by Palgrave in 2017.
She is interested in Gender Studies and Performance Studies and has been publishing in these areas. She also conducts workshops on Gender Sensitization, Dramatics and Creative writing. As a creative writer, she has published several short stories and poems, nationally as well as internationally. She is also a visual artist exploring narrative art and has exhibited her artworks at several art shows.
English Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies
- English Paradigm in India: Essays in Language, Literature and Culture. Edited by Shweta Rao Garg and Deepti Gupta. Palgrave Macmillan. Singapore. October 2017.
- Culinary Images and Identity: Food in the Selected Fiction of Three Diasporic Indian Women Writers. Shweta Garg. Lambert Academic Publication. Germany. 2012. ISBN: 978-3659174575
Edited Journal Issue:
Shweta Rao. “Food in Indian Literature” Muse India, May-June 2011.
( http://www.museindia.com/feature.asp?id=37 )
Selected Journal papers:
- Shweta Rao Garg. “Performing Protests: Women and Performance in Manipur” IACLALS Journal Volume 4.
- Shweta Rao Garg. “Eat, Cook, Reinvent: The Female Traveller and the Tourist Gaze in Contemporary Bollywood”. APPERCEPTION : Journal of the Department of English, Visva Bharati, Volume 8. July 2015- June 2016. Published August 2016.
- Shweta Garg and Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri. “Interpreting a Culinary Montage: Food in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies”. ASIATIC. Volume 6 Number 1 2012. pg 73-83.
- Shweta Rao and Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri. Ghastly Gravies: Food Images and Body in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife and Jasmine. Co-authored with Khushu-Lahiri. Journal of School of Languages. Volume 16. 2011.
- Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri and Shweta Rao. “Cookery or Creativity? Culinary Fiction of Divakaruni, Maladi and David”.In-Between :Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism. Volume 20-1,2 2011. pg 112-127.
- Co-authored with Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri. “The Theatre of Subversion: A Case from Kannada Theatre”.ASIATIC. Volume 3, Number 1 June 2009. pg. 69-78. (http://asiatic.iium.edu/my/v3n1/index.htm).
- Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri and Shweta Rao, “India on a Platter: A Study of Gurinder Chadha and Mayeda Berges’s Cinematic Adaptation of The Mistress of Spices” Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC). Gale-Cengage Learning, US. Volume 316, 2012. pg 28-34.
- Shweta Rao and Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri. “Indian Wife in American Kitchen: A Study of Wife”. Bharati Mukherjee: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Somdatta Mandal. Pencraft Books. New Delhi, 2010. 134-143.
CREATIVE WORKS & TRANSLATIONS:
- “The Beautiful Ratio”. Vengeance: A Sting in Every Tale. Sonia Rao. KDP. 2015.
- “Snow Starved” Every Day Poems. September 2012.
- “ms word” and “English studies in the Age of (Mechanical) Engineering” in Transnational Literature. Volume 3 Issue 1, November 2010.
- “Spanish Omelette” in The Editors Choice Contemporary Short Stories in Indian English. Sunil Sharma and Jaydeep Sarangi, GNOSIS, New Delhi, 2010.
- “Perfect Cake”. Menupoems. Alimentum: The Literature of Food. April 2010.
- “Sing Jo-Jo: Translations of Lullabies from Karnataka” in Glorious Trends: Indian Writings, Films and Translation. Jaydeep Sarangi. Book Enclave, New Delhi, 2010.
- “Filmy Poems.” Re-markings. Volume 8 Number 2 September 2009.
- “Tea and other poems”. Muse India. Issue 25, May-June 2009.
- “Colonial Commode” Postcolonial Text. Volume 4 Number 4, 2008.
- “Are These the Marks of Blow?” Indian Literature. Volume 242, 2008