Aiswarya Jayamohan

Background

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 student engagement and EDI initiatives in higher education. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

I currently serve as Editor in Chief (2022–23) at FORUM, the University's open-access and peer-reviewed postgraduate journal for culture and the arts, based at the LLC.

Undergraduate teaching

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

Research summary

My doctoral project attends to minor frictions of social relation in modernist writing. Like Sianne Ngai, I'm less interested in the twentieth century's big emotions (love, hate, sadness, happiness, etc.) than I am in, well, much pettier affective relations and responses. These include Mulk Raj Anand's postcolonial flailing at being accused of 'bad manners'; E.M. Forster's queer ambivalence about not knowing how to look at art; Willa Cather's investment in both butch and femme stylings of unsentimentality; Bryher's trans* precociousness. 

As part of this research, I draw primarily on c19–20 British literary cultures, new formalist methods, gender and sexuality studies, race and diaspora studies, and contemporary aesthetics.

Beyond this line of research, I work with and on contemporary queer British cultural production, trans* feminism, Black feminism, theories of literary criticism (particularly close reading), critical disability studies, pedagogy, and, increasingly, the environmental humanities. 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 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).