Minni Sawhney

Professor, Spanish

Official address:
Department of Germanic and Romance Studies
University of Delhi
Delhi - 110007

 



Minni Swahney

Office: Room 39, Arts Faculty Extension Building
Phone: 27666426
E-mail: minnisawhney@yahoo.com

Education
Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2000
M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1987
M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1984

Research interests
Mexican History, Politics and Literature (19th and 20th Centuries)
Spanish Golden Age Literature

Honors and Distinctions

Elected Vocal at the International Association of Hispanists in Rome, July 2010.

Membership of Professional Organizations

  • Member of AIH (International Association of Hispanists) since 2000
  • Member of LASA (Latin American Studies Association) since July 2009
  • Member of International Association of Inter American Studies, Essen Germany since July 2010

Projects

  • Muslims in the Spanish Literature of the Golden Age (Project funded by University of Delhi)
  • LASA Mellon Project on Borders and Frontiers jointly with Kavita Panjabi, Jadavpur University and Debra Castillo, Cornell University.

Selected Publications

ARTICLES IN INTERNATIONAL PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS

  • 2015. Article, “El narco mundo en las novellas transnacionales de Elmer Mendoza y Don Winslow” in Lesiones y lecciones literarias de la violencia latinoamericana reciente.. ed. Cecilia López Bádano, Buenos Aires: Corregidor.
  • 2014. Article on “ Octavio Paz, the Poet and the Diplomat” published on the 29th of March in the Mexicann ewspaper Mileniohttp://www.milenio.com/cultura/ octavio_paz/diplomatico-poeta-Octavio-Paz-centenario-Levi-Strauss-laberinto_o_270573255.html
  • “Religion and Colonialism: Jesuits at Akbar’s Mughal Court” in Mondes parallèles dans les espaces coloniaux XVI-XXI siecles by Norbert Dodille et. a.l Paris; L’Harmattan, 2013, pp. 95-110. ISBN 978-2-336-00663-5.
  • “La frontera hispano-musulmana en El Hamete de Toledo y El cordobés valeroso Pedro Carbonero de Lope de Vega” in Rumbos del hispanismo en el umbral del cincuentenario de la AIH ed. Debora Vaccari, Roma: Bagatto Libri, 2012, pp. 209-217 ISBN 9788878061972.
  • “Un nuevo espacio en la literatura mexicana: La obra fronteriza de Luis Humberto Crosthwaite y Gabriel Trujillo Muñoz”  in Gente de Frontera ed. Jeffrey Oxford, Puerto Rico: Casa de los Poetas Editores, 2012, pp.189-204 ISBN 978-0-9847116-6-6.
  • “Fantasy and the Honour Code: Lope’s ‘La viuda valenciana’ and ‘El cordobés valeroso Pedro Carbonero’ in Hesperia, Anuario de filología hispánica XIV-I, Universidade Vigo: Servizio de Publicacións, 2011, pp. 63-81.
  • “Ex –Centric Affects in Cristina Rivera Garza’s Nadie me verá llorar. in Cartographies of Affect: Across Borders in South Asia and the Americas ed. Kavita Panjabi, Debra Castillo, Worldview Publications, Kolkata, 2010, pp. 314-327.
  • “El espacio en la obra fronteriza de Luis Humberto Crosthwaite y Gabriel Trujillo Muñoz”, in Actas del XVI Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas ed. Pierre Civil, Francoise Cremoux, Iberoamericana –Vervuert, 2010, CD Rom (ISBN 978-3-86527-578-3).
  • “Desire and its Facilitators” in Cervantes’ Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda” in Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos (V) eds. Eduardo Urbina, Jesús G Maestro  Pontevedra: Mirabel Editorial, 2009, (ISBN: 89-934275-6-X) pp. 295-307.
  • “Stories on the Margins of History : Spanish Immigrants and the Mexican Revolution”  in Siglo Diecinueve, 13 (2007): Sección Monográfica ed. Christopher Conway, Valladolid: Universitas Castellae, (ISSN 1136-2308)  pp. 97-108.
  • “The Agency of Muslim Women in the Narrative of Cervantes” in Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos (2) (ISBN: 89-934275-6-X.) ed. Jesus G. Maestro Pontevedra: Mirabel Editorial, 2005, pp. 105-112.
  • “Cervantes’ cosmopolitan El gallardo español”  2003 in Theatralia, ed. Jesús G. Maestro Pontevedra: Mirabel Editorial (ISBN 84931983-2-3), pp. 167-176.
  • “Terrorism in Literature: Defying the politics of Hate” in “Addressing Tragedy in the Classroom”, ed Steven Mintz, (H-Net University of Michigan, 2001), www. 2h-net.msu.edu. /teaching/journals/ sept11/mintz/literature.

TRANSLATIONS

  • 2011. Translation into English of Goya Cronista de todas las guerras, Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi
  • 2010. Translation into English of Imagenes de Ecuador, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embajada de Ecuador a la India
  • 2010. Translation into English of La Flor de Loto, Historias de Asia, Juan Alfredo Pinto Saavedra, Sahitya Akademi, (ISBN 978-81-260-2951-8), 2011
  • 2009. Translation into English of the Mexican novel “El ojo de los dioses – 2012, Un despertar de conciencia ” by Grazietta Salcedo, Om Books International in India.
  • 2008. Translation into English of Cervantes and Don Quixote, Emesco Books, Hyderabad.
  • 2000. Translation into English of Mexico –India, Similitudes y encuentros a traves de la historia, Ed. Eva Alexandra Uchmany, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico D.F.

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PAPERS (International)

  • “La evolución de la sensibilidad islámica en el teatro de Cervantes”. (Evolution of Islamic Sensibility in the drama of Cervantes), Proceedings of the Congress, “The Golden Age in the New Millennium”, eds. Carlos Mata, Miguel Zugasti Pamplona: Eunsa, (ISBN 8431323116) Vol 2 2005 pp. 1571-1578.
  • “La ciudad como protagonista: México D.F. y la literatura mexicana’, 2001, Actas del XV Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, New York, Iberoamericana –Vervuert,  (ISBN 978-3-86527-578-3) pp. 613-619.
  • Américo Castro, J.A. Maravall y Dominguez Ortiz, Distintos enfoques para enseñar el teatro calderoniano en la India’. in Calderón 2000, ed. Ignacio Arellano, (ISBN 978 -3-935004-58-9) Vol.1 2002 pp. 851-864.

INDIAN PUBLICATIONS

  • “Cosmopolitan Crossings and Multilayered Pasts in Rabindranath Tagore’s Gora and Leonardo Da Jandra’s Entrecruzamientos in Hispanic Horizon, ed. Shyama Prasad Ganguly, New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University, (ISSN 0970-7522), 2010, pp. 254-263
  • <<Pensar en las ruinas del pensamiento>>, La Ciudad de México en la imaginación literaria” in Papeles de la India, Vol 39, No. 1 2010, ed. Alka Jaspal, New Delhi: ICCR (ISSN 0971-1449) pp. 47-68
  • “Friendship and Politics in the work of Cervantes and Lope de Vega” in East and West, Exploring Cultural Manifestations eds. Kala Acharya, Ignacio Arellano et.al., Mumbai: Somaiya Publications, (ISBN: 978-81-7039-276-7), 2010, pp. 217-232
  • “War and Soldiers in Don Quixote”, in Cervantes and Don Quixote, eds. Vibha Maurya, Ignacio Arellano, (New Delhi: Emesco) 2008, pp. 230-240
  • “Cervantes and the Religions of the Mediterranean”, in Quixotic Encounters ed. Shyama Prasad Ganguly, (New Delhi: Shipra), 2006, pp.129-142
  • “La imagen del extranjero en algunas novelas mexicanas contemporáneas” (Image of the Foreigner in Contemporary Mexican Literature). Lecture delivered at the University of Querétaro, Mexico published in Hispanic Horizon, ed. Indrani Mukherjee, (New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University), 2004, pp. 62-77
  • Review of Dream and Vision in the Novels of Ernesto Sabato” in Biblio, March-April, 2003, New Delhi
  • “El reflejo de Islam en la obra de Cervantes” (The Reflection of Islam in the work of Cervantes, in Reading Culture in Spanish and Luso Brazilian Studies, ed. Indrani Mukherjee, Sovon Sanyal (New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University), 2003, pp. 236-246
  • “El escritor como vendedor de la autoctonía” (The writer as seller of the autochthonous) in Papeles de la India, ed Shyama Prasad Ganguly, (New Delhi: ICCR) 2000, pp. 155-183
  • “The Autonomy of the Intellectual and Octavio Paz”, in Hispanic Horizon, ed. Anil Dhingra, (New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University), 1999, pp. 116-123
  • “The Fantastic World of Jorge Luis Borges”, in Hispanic Horizon, ed. Anil Dhingra, (New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University) 1996-97, pp. 19-31
  • “The Unreachable Other: The Myth of the Mestizo in the novels of Carlos Fuentes”, in CIEFL Bulletin, ed. Sonya S. Gupta, Hyderabad, Vol. 7 June-December, 1995 pp. 168-185
  • “Twilight of the Idols”: The case for Post Structuralism in Latin America, in Postmodernism : A Discussion, ed. Vibha Maurya, (New Delhi: Kalinga), 1994, pp. 91-106
  •  “Latin American Nationalism, its Discourses and the Disposability of the Indian and his History in Germinal ed. Shashwati Mazumdar, Journal of Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, 1994

SEMINAR PARTICIPATION (INTERNATIONAL)

  • International Congress of Americanists, Vienna, July 15th to 20th 2012, Paper Presented: “Representation of an Exceptional Space: Literature of the Mexican – U.S. Border
  • Lecture delivered “Between Mexico and the U.S.: The Literature of the Northern Frontier at the Institut für Romanistik, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen- Nuremberg, Germany, 2nd July 2012
  • University of Reunion, (France) Conference on Parallel Worlds 13th to 18th November, 2011. Paper presented: “Religion and Colonialism”, “Jesuit embassies at the courts of Akbar and Jahangir”.
  • Conference on Transnational Americas; Difference, Belonging, Identitarian Spaces at First Bi-Annual Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, November 11-13, 2010, Paper Presented: “Mexican Border Literature: Peripheral or Alternative”. 
  • Islam in Lope de Vega, Paper presented at the Conference of the International Association of Hispanists, Rome, July, 2010
  • Conference on “Máscaras y Juegos de Identidad” (Masks and Play of Identities) at the University of Burgos, Spain, 4-7th May 2010. Paper presented, “Fantasia y Subversión en La viuda valenciana y Pedro Carbonero de Lope de Vega” (Fantasy and Subversion in La viuda valenciana and Pedro Carbonero by Lope de Vega)
  • Conference given at Fundación Tres Culturas in Seville, Spain on “The Portrayal of Muslim women in the Drama of Cervantes”, 13th May 2010
  • International Conference on Morisco Studies, Tunis, May 20-23, 2009 Paper presented: “Politics and Friendship in the work of Cervantes and Lope de Vega”, 
  • Conference of International Association of Hispanists, Paris, 2007 Paper presented: “El espacio en las novelas fronterizas (Space in the frontier novels) de Luis Humberto Crosthwaite y Gabriel Trujillo Muñoz”
  • “La imagen del extranjero en algunas novelas mexicanas contemporáneas” (Image of the Foreigner in Contemporary Mexican Literature). Lecture delivered at the University of Querétaro, August 2004, Mexico
  • Conference of International Association of Hispanists, Monterrey, 2004 Mexico. Paper Presented: “El reflejo de Islam en Cervantes y Lope de Vega ”
  • Conference on “El Siglo de Oro en el Nuevo Milenio” “(The Golden Age in the New Millennium”), October 2003, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Paper presented: “La evolución de la sensibilidad islámica en el teatro de Cervantes”. (Evolution of Islamic Sensibility in the drama of Cervantes),
  • Congress of International Association of Hispanists, New York, July, 2001, Paper presented;  “La ciudad como protagonista: México D.F. y la literatura mexicana’,  
  • International Congress IV Centenario of the birth of Calderón, “Calderón 2000”, September, 2000, Paper Presented: “Américo Castro, J.A. Maravall y Domínguez Ortiz: Distintos enfoques para enseñar el teatro calderoniano en la India”.   

SEMINAR PARTICIPATION (INDIA) (In addition to above)

  • 2015. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Seminar on Popular Culture Yesterday and Today: Confluences between Spain – India – Latin America 7-8th April 2015, Paper presented: “Jenni Rivera: Defiance of High Brow Culture”.
  • 2015. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, "Centering Borders. Narrative Explorations in South Asia and Latin America. 7-8 January 2015. Paper Presented: Jenno Rivera and her corridos: A Story of Resistance.
  • 2014. Cervantes Institute, New Delhi. Homage to Julio Cortázar. Paper Presented: “Hopscotch in the Indian classroom”.
  • 2014. India International Centre. Seminar on Octavio Paz. Paper Presented: Octavio Paz and India.
  • Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, Conference on Democracy Diversity and Development, Celebrating 60 years of Diplomatic Relations between India and Mexico. Paper Presented: The Ex –Centricity of Mexico – U.S. Border Literature, October 2010.
  • Somaiya Institute, Mumbai, Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, Paper Presented: “Muslim Protagonists in the work of Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega”.
  • Embassy of Mexico, Sahitya Akademi, December 2008, Seminar on the 10th death anniversary of Octavio Paz “Paz after Paz”,  Paper Presented: “Paz’s Intercultural Mediation as a Diplomat”.
  • Sahitya Akademi, February 2006, Seminar: Myth Magic History: Contemporary Fiction in Latin America and India, Paper Presented: Competing Nationalisms in Leonardo da Jandra’s Entrecruzamientos and Tagore’s Gora.
  • International Conference on Cervantes and Don Quixote, 31st January to 2nd February, 2005, New Delhi, Paper Presented: “War and Soldiers in Don Quixote”.
  • Vth International Conference on Hispanism amd Luso – Brazilian Studies: Flashbacks and Projections from the Present, Paper Presented: El reflejo de Islam en la obra de Cervantes. 24th to 26th March, 2003.
  • India International Centre, May 1998, Colloquim on the Death of Octavio Paz, Paper presented ‘ In Light of India, Paz’ last work”
  • Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, Refresher course in English, January, 1996 Paper: “Mexican Culture and Fiction”.
  • University of Jadavpur, Calcutta, December, 1997, Seminar: Nostalgia for the Future Paper Presented: “ The Mexican Market of Symbolic Goods and Carlos Fuentes”.
  • Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, May, 1997, “Mexican Nationalism and the Rhetorical Predicament around the Indian”
  •  Center of Spanish Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1990 First International Seminar on Hispanism in the XXth Century, “Perception of Women in Latin American Fiction: A Case Study of Where the Air is Clear.
  • Center of Spanish Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1991, Second International Seminar on Hispanism in the XXth Century, “ Fiction and Nation Formation in Latin America”
  • CIEFL, Hyderabad, 1989, Methods of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Beginners Level.

 


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