Miss Preti Taneja

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Research interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Modernism
  • Shakespeare and critical theory
  • Feminism
  • Prose fiction and prose poetry
  • 20th and 21st Century art



Supervisor, Jesus College, Cambridge University: Practical Criticism (2014)

Visiting Lecturer: Special Author: JM Coetzee (2014)

Seminar Leader: Introduction to English Poetry (2014)

Course Leader, Style and Structure: BA in English, Royal Holloway (2013-15)

Visiting Lecturer, Style and Structure: BA in English, Royal Holloway (2012-13)

Visiting Lecturer, MA in Creative Writing, Royal Holloway, (2011)



(2010 - 2013) PhD in Creative Writing, Royal Holloway

We That Are Young: Reading King Lear as a postcolonial critque of contemporary India


(2008-2010) MA in Creative Writing, Royal Holloway

Dissertation: 'What is the city?' Place as female character consciousness in the novels of Jean Rhys'


(1999-2000) PGDip Print Journalism: City University, London


(1996-1999) BA in Theology, St John's College Cambridge University


Research Awards


Leverhulme postdoctoral research associate, Jesus College, Cambridge


Reid Scholarship: Awarded by Royal Holloway for duration of PhD, equivalent to full AHRC funding.


Lionel Butler Travel Bursary: To fund MA research on women during  the Indian Partition  and travel to the Indo/Pak border and Amritsar.


Scott Trust Bursary: Guardian Media Group scholarship for journalists attending City University   


The Varsity Trust Scholarship: Annual award to a student who has made a significant contribution to journalism in Cambridge, to be spent on future journalism training.



2013 - ongoing:

Visual Verse, an anthology of art and words: www.visualverse.org


Deputy Editor/ Creative Submissions Editor, Exegesis

Peer reviewed biannual literary journal of Royal Holloway English dept. Handling all internal business of the journal. As Creative Editor, handling submissions and selections, managing a peer review team. Contributing to the fundraising, running and promotion of the journal.www.exegesisjournal.org


Editor, Varsity, the Cambridge student newspaper, weekly circ. 10,000

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