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Dr Angela Eyre

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Professional biography

I am an Honorary Associate and Associate Lecturer in the Department of English at the Open University. I have been teaching since 2006 at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am a member of the Postcolonial Studies Association, the European Association for South Asian Studies and The Kipling Society.


Research interests

  • My interests are principally in the representation of the village, peasants, landowners, and insurgency in Twentieth century and contemporary Indian novels. 
  • I have written on both colonial and independent India. Recently, in papers on the representation of Naxalites and adivasis, I have taken the ‘long view’ by placing contemporary discourses of agrarian reform and rebellion in the history of their representation in Indian novels.
  • My interest in Kipling stems partly from curiosity about the use of Indian words and non-standard English in English-language fiction. My PhD, which compared Indian novels in English and Hindi, informed my study of the use of Hindi and Hindustani in Kipling’s Kim.



‘Organised Peasant Resistance in Fiction: Mulk Raj Anand’s The Sword and the Sickle and Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others, in ‘Who Speaks for the Village?’ Seventh SAMAJ-EASAS special issue (forthcoming, 2019).

‘The use of Hindi/Hindustani and Urdu words in Kim’ in Kipling in India: India in Kipling, ed. by H. Trivedi and J. Montefiore (Indian Institute Advanced Studies, forthcoming).

Review of Meeting without knowing it: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siecle by Alexander Bubb (Oxford University Press, 2016), The Kipling Journal, 91, (2017).

‘Land as a Legislative Space in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy and Phanishwarnath Renu’s Maila ancal’ in Vikram Seth: An Anthology of Recent Criticism, ed. G.J.V. Prasad, Delhi: Pencraft, 2004.

A Reader’s Guide to A Suitable Boy, New York and London: Continuum Books, 2002.

Conferences and lectures

‘Organised Resistance in the Village: Anand’s The Sword and the Sickle and Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others’, July 2018, 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.

‘The Despair of the Landless in Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others and Akash Mohimen’s Mahua’ September 2017, Postcolonial Studies Association Convention, School of Advanced Study, London.

‘The use of Hindi/Hindustani and Urdu words in Kim’ ‘Kipling in India: India in Kipling: an International Conference’, April 2016, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India.

'Mind the gap: translation and Hindi/Urdu words in Rudyard Kipling's Kim and The Jungle Book', November 2015, Visiting lecture, Institute for Indologie, Leipzig,Germany, 

Teaching interests

I currently teach 'Reading and Studying Literature' (A230)  and the MA in Literature (A815, A816).

Impact and engagement

Teaching Kipling’s Kim for the Open University led me to develop an interest in Kipling and I have been a member of council of The Kipling Society. In that capacity, I have taken a lead role in creating and running a writing competition for year 5 primary school children based on their own versions of the Just So Stories