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Rajnish Dhawan

Dr. Rajnish Dhawan

Associate Professor


Abbotsford campus, B378

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4784

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PhD (Guru Nanak Dev University)

Teaching Philosophy

University should be a safe space for exchange of ideas.

Teaching Interests

Creative Writing (Screenwriting, Playwriting), Classical Literature, World Literature

Research Interests

Folk traditions, Performance Studies, Classical Literature


“Sitthani—Verbal Porn Performed in the Public Sphere during a Pious Ceremony”presented at South Asian Literary Association conference at Austin, Texas on January 5, 2016.

“Heroes in Limbo—A comparative study of the heroic and the unheroic in the Iliad and the Mahabharata” presented at South Asian Studies Association conference at Salt Lake City, Utah on April 12, 2014.

“Spatializing cultural hybridity in Canada—A study of race relations in Rajni Mala Khelawan’s The End of the Dark and Stormy Night” presented at South Asian Literary Association conference at Boston, MA on January 3, 2013.

“Dynamics of Performance in the Classical Greek and Sanskrit Drama” presented at the South Asian Literary Association conference at Seattle on January 5, 2012.

“Countering Dictatorial Absolutism Through Satire—A Socio-Political Study of Pakistani Drama Angan Teda” presented at South Asian Literary Association conference on January 7, 2011.

"Spaghetti Indian or Curry Western-Reinterpreting Sholay on the Basis of Rasa Theory" presented at a seminar organized by Katha, Asia in November, 2005.

Chaired a technical panel on the LGBT issues in the Indian subcontinent at "National and International Concerns for Gender Justice: India and Canada”, held at the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla on 27-28th March, 2015.


Countering Dictatorial Absolutism Through satire—A Socio-Poitical Study of Pakistani Television Drama Aangan Tehda published by Conjunctions—An International Refereed Journal of Language Literature and Culture ISSN 2320-995X; Volume 1 Issue 1 2014.

Melting Boundaries—Intercultural Dialogue and Manifestation of Wrath in Karna and Achilles by Indraprasth: ISSN 2278-7208 Vol II, 2014.

Revisiting Classics from the Perspective of Indo-Greek Socio-Cultural Milieu published by Punjab Journal of English Studies, published by the Department of English, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Vol XX, 2005

That Land Beyond the Waves—A play in two acts published by the Centre For Indo-Canadian Studies, 2017

Peer reviewed “Interpreting Ghadar: Echoes of Voices Past Ghadar Centennial Conference Proceedings, October 2013” published by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, UFV.

Edited “Udaan—A self-help book for those who live with specially abled persons,” published by Indraprastha University, New Delhi

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