Dr Oindrila Ghosh is a specialist in Victorian Literature and Culture, with a particular interest in Thomas Hardy and his postcolonial reception. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Diamond Harbour Women’s University, India, where she was the first Department Chair from 2018 to 2021. She has held a number of prestigious awards and grants including the Charles Wallace India Trust UK research grant in 2009 and 2019, the Frank Pinion Award of the Thomas Hardy Society, a Postdoctoral Associateship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and a Fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Surrey. During her Fellowship at St Hugh’s she worked on a project on the late-Victorian transnational Animal Welfare Movement and its literary and cultural projections.
Dr Ghosh has edited three volumes, Protean Images: A Study of Womanhood in Victorian Society and Literature (2017), An Enigma Called Emily: Reassessing Emily Bronte at 200 (2019), and Vision, Contestation and Deception: Gender and the Supernatural in Victorian Shorter Fiction (2021). She has published widely on Thomas Hardy and Victorian Age in general in national and international journals, such as The Thomas Hardy Journal, The Hardy Society Journal, The Hardy Review, the Journal of the French Association for Thomas Hardy Studies, FATHOM, and on the Victorian Web. She has apart delivered several lectures and invited talks on Hardy to students at various universities. She is also a Peer Reviewer for the Victorian Network and Early Popular Visual Culture.
Apart from the work carried out at St Hugh’s, Dr Ghosh’s recent and current research projects have focused on Bollywood adaptations of Hardy’s works showing how cultural appropriations of a Victorian author have resounded well with audiences otherwise spatially and culturally removed, and on establishing the probable Indian connections Thomas Hardy had via his unpublished correspondences – the latter supported by the Charles Wallace grant.