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Sood, Abha S

Abha Sood, Ph.D.

  • Senior Lecturer

Department: English

Office: The Great Hall Annex 407

Phone: 732-263-5729

Email: apatel@monmouth.edu


Education

Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

M.A., University of Delhi, India

B.A., University of Delhi, India

Research Interests

Major interests include 19th, 20th and 21st century African American Literature and Theory, American Multiethnic Literature, World Literature, Post-Colonial Studies, Writing for the Internet, 20th and 21st Century American Drama and Fiction.

Scholarly Articles

“The Structure of Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting,” Contemporary South Asian Fiction, ed. Jasbir Jain, Jaipur, India, 2002.

Review of A Critical Stage: The Role of Secular Alternative Theatre in Pakistan by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, South Asian Review Winter 2005.

Research “Mathias Storch” (Greenland), The Compendium of 20th Century World Novelists and Novels, Ed. Michael D. Sollars, 2006.

“The Devil’s Alternative,” Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction, Ed. Geoff Hamilton, Facts on File, 2007.

“Race Riots, 1900-1910,” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, John H. Moore, Editor-in-Chief, Macmillan, 2008.

“Anna Julia Cooper, ” Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896—Present, Ed. Paul Finkelman, Oxford University Press, 2008

“Fisk University,” Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896—Present, Ed. Paul Finkelman, Oxford University Press, 2008

“Florida A&M University,” Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896—Present, Ed. Paul Finkelman, Oxford University Press, 2008

“The Tuskegee Airmen,” Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896—Present, Ed. Paul Finkelman, Oxford University Press, 2008

“African American Women in the First World War,” Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896—Present, Ed. Paul Finkelman, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Biography Writer for EBSCO Research Starters Series (Ken Adachi; Iris Burgoyne; Gladys Taylor; Elizabeth Knox; Dan Taulapapa McMullin; Albert Wendt; Alan Duff; Tim Dolin; Steve Toltz; Steven Carroll; and Niall Griffiths), February-March 2017.

“The Queen Mothers of Ghana: Maternal Activists for the 21st Century,” Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, vol. 12, no. 2, 2021, Issue: Maternal Activisms, 85-97, 2021.

Review:  Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam. (2019). New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays.  Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Journal of Critical Studies in Language and Literature, 1(2), 48-51, 2019.

Presentations/Invited Talks

“My Experiment with Advanced Technology in the General Education Classroom,” 36th Annual Spring Conference, New Jersey College English Association, Jubilee Hall, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, March 9, 2013“Old Wine in New Bottles—reworking Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,” New Jersey College English Association, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, April 16, 2016.

“Globalizing J.P. Clark’s Song of a Goat,”  41st Conference of the African Literature Association, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany, “The Writing of Harriet A. Jacobs’ Autobiography,” New Jersey College English Association, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, April 1, 2017.

“Aravind Adiga’s White Tiger and the New Indian Liberal Economy,” New Jersey College English Association, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, March 24, 2018.

 “Examining Divakaruni’s dynamic women in Arranged Marriage, The Unknown Errors of Our Lives and Oleander Girl,” accepted for publication in Feminism and Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Chitra Divakaruni, edited by Prof. Amritjit Singh and Dr. Samina “21st Century USA through J. P. Clark’s Vision,” The Environments of African Literature, African Literature Association’s 44th meeting, Wardman Park, Washington D.C., May 23-26, 2018.

“Treading Water: Helon Habila’s Oil on Water,” (*Panel Chair and Presenter), The Environments of African Literature, African Literature Association’s 44th meeting, Wardman Park, Washington D.C., May 23-26, 2018.

“Re-visioning the African American Experience in Beatty’s The Sellout,” accepted for presentation at 40th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 20-23, 2019.

“Examining the Evolution of the Black Panther Series,” 42nd Annual New Jersey College English Association Conference, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, March 30, 2019.

 “Queen Mothers of Ghana in the New Media,” 45th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association, 2019, Columbus, Ohio, May 15-18, 2019.

“Toni Morrison in Context,” Annual Event: Toni Morrison Day, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, February 18, 2020 February 18, 2020.

“Hannaham’s Experiment with Reality,” accepted for College English Association’s Conference: CEA 2020, Hilton Head Island, SC, March 26-28, 2020 (*conference cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic). Accepted for CEA Conference in Birmingham, AL, 2022.

“Quiet Rebellions: Civilian Protests in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus,” 46th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association, Washington DC, April 2020 (Conference cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic).

“Radical Mothering in Toni Morrison,” 2nd Toni Morrison Day Virtual Conference, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, February 18, 2021.

“Wounded Bodies, Wounded Souls: Morrison’s Home,” Panel Chair and Presenter, 41st Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Virtual Conference, February 23, 2021.

“The Displaced Community of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana,” Institute of Global Understanding Biennial Symposium 2021: Human Rights and the Environment, Monmouth University, March 25-27, 2021.

“Quiet Resistances in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus,” Panel Chair and Presenter, 46th Meeting of the African Literature Association, Virtual Conference, May 26-29, 2021.

“Experimenting with (Sur)reality: Hannaham’s Delicious Foods,” Popular Culture Association, Virtual Conference, Boston, June 2-5, 2021.

“Hannaham’s Delicious Foods: Experiments with Feeding America,” 32nd Annual American Literature Association Conference, Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA, July 7-11, 2021.

Forthcoming

Review: Sarbani Sen Vengadasalam. (2020). Teaching Business, Technical & Academic Writing Online and Onsite: A Writing Pedagogy Sourcebook, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (in process).

Professional Associations

African Literature Association

College English Association

Popular Culture Association

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Awards

Fulbright Fellowship, 1998-1999, English and African American Studies, Yale University

Junior Research Fellowship, July 1993-July 1996, University Grants Commission, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2022 Summer E

  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212

2022 Spring

  • College Composition II – EN 102
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229

2021 Fall

  • College Composition I – EN 101
  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229

2021 Summer E

  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212

2021 Spring

  • College Composition II – EN 102
  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229

2020 Fall

  • College Composition I – EN 101
  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229

2020 Summer E

  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212

2020 Spring

  • College Composition II – EN 102
  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229

2019 Fall

  • College Composition I – EN 101
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229
  • Revolution and Creative Response – PR 490

2019 Summer E

  • Literature I: Ancient Through Renaissance – EN 201

2019 Summer B

  • College Composition II – EN 102

2019 Spring

  • College Composition II – EN 102
  • Literature of Oppression – EN 212
  • Non-European Literature in English – EN 229

Frequently Taught Classes

  • College Composition I (EN 101)
  • College Composition II (EN 102)
  • College English I (EN 101)
  • College English II (EN 102)
  • Literature I: Ancient Through Renaissance (EN 201)
  • Literature of Oppression (EN 212)
  • Non-European Literature in English (EN 229)
  • Twentieth Century African American Literature (EN 331)