Aiswarya Jayamohan


I have degrees in English literature from Stella Maris College, University of Madras (B.A.) and the University of Edinburgh (M.Sc.). I worked briefly in publishing and feminist research in New Delhi before returning to Edinburgh to begin my doctoral studies, supported by the University's Global Research Scholarship.

Alongside my Ph.D., I work on equality, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education.

Responsibilities & affiliations

I currently serve as Deputy Editor at FORUM, the University's postgraduate journal for culture and the arts.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Introduction to Queer Studies (ECA, 2020–)
  • Literary Studies 1B (LLC, 2021–22)

Research summary

My doctoral project attends to bad forms, minor subjectivities, and relationality within modernist writing. More specifically, I am interested in how 'misfit relations' structure the way people relate to each other and the world around them; these misfit relations range from feeling insulted, to being rude, to seeming precocious, to feeling confused about how to look at art. As such, my research begins at the juncture where customs/etiquettes/manners are perceived, or expected, or fantasised to be violated in the work of E.M. Forster, Mulk Raj Anand, Willa Cather, and others. My work is therefore in conversation, and briefly in quarrel, with perennial concerns about modernism's 'bad-ness'.

In general, I tend to draw on c19-20 British literary cultures, new formalist methods, gender and sexuality studies, race and diaspora studies, and contemporary aesthetics. I have a soft spot for J.G. Ballard that I cannot fully explain.

Project activity

I was the co-editor of Scrap Lines (2021), a creative zine on marginalized knowledges ('queer trash'), funded by the University of Edinburgh's Student Experiences Grant.

Conference details

I have presented, or will present, research papers on twentieth-century writing and queer aesthetics at:

  • 2022 (upcoming) Rewriting Gender in an Age of Transition (1880-1940) – University of St. Andrews
  • 2022 Annual Meeting, American Comparative Literature Association
  • 2021 New Work in Modernist Studies conference – British Association for Modernist Studies
  • 2019 Gothic Spaces: Houses, Landscapes, Bodies conference – University of Tokyo

I have also presented on digital feminist issues on behalf of the Internet Democracy Project at the 2018 Digital Citizen Summit (The Internet Society and the Digital Empowerment Foundation).