Dr Parag Kumar Deka

MA, MPhil, PhD
Joined Lakhimpur Girls' College on 12 Jun, 2023
Parag Kumar Deka did his MA in English Literature from Tezpur University in 2012. In 2013, he qualified for UGC-NET (JRF) and SLET (NE Region). In 2014, he did his MPhil from Gauhati University, and in 2022, he was awarded the PhD degree for his thesis titled "Animality, Rationality and the Modern State in J.M. Coetzee's Works."
Research Interest:
• Animal Studies • Translation • Cognitive Linguistics • Children's Literature • Popular Culture • Assamese Language & Literature
Specialized Courses:
• English Grammar • Indian Writing in English • Children's literature

Journal Articles

  1. Coetzee’s Animal Ethics.” Journal of Animal Ethics, Fall 2022, vol. 12, no. 2. Published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Hosted on Project Muse. (ISSN: 2156-5414)
  2. “Animal Imageries, Sexual Objectification and Racial Classification in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace.” English Forum: Journal of the Department of English, Gauhati University, vol. 6, 2018,  pp. 30-45. (ISSN: 2279-0446 )
  3. “The Critique of Cartesian Rationalism in J. M. Coetzee’s Novels.” Margins: A Journal of Literature and Culture, vol. 4-5, 2016, pp. 170-193. ( ISSN: 2250-0731)
  4. “Animal Imageries and the Representation of the Marginal in J. M. Coetzee’s Apartheid Novels.” MZU Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, 2018, pp. 65-81. (ISSN: 2348-1188)

Book Chapters

  1. Lives of Their Own: Animal Death and Animal Flesh in J. M. Coetzee’s Writings.” Critical Perspectives on Veganism (The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series). Eds. Jodey Castricano and Rasmus R. Simonsen, pp. 181-202. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. (ISBN: 978-3-319-3341–9).
  2. “Padmanath Gohain Barooah.” Warp and Weft: Makers of Modern Assam. Eds. Hirendra Nath Dutta and Stuti Goswami. New Delhi: National Book Trust, 2019. pp. 92-102. (ISBN: 812378715-4).

Seminars and Conferences

  • “Reading Coetzee’s Women” Conference. Organiser & Venue: Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy. Date: 27 to 29 September 2016. Title of the paper: “The Feminine Father: Reading Coetzee’s Critique of Western Masculinity Through Michael K and Mohandas K. Gandhi."
  • International Seminar on “Politics, History and Fiction in South Asia with Special Focus on Pakistan and North East India.” Organiser & Venue: Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati-14. Date: 25 to 27 February 2016. Title of the paper: “‘The Female Monkey’: Women, Animals and the Marginal in Bapsi Sidhwa’s The Pakistani Bride.”
  • International Seminar on “Politics of Representation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” Organiser & Venue: Department of English, Sikkim University in Collaboration with HRDD, Govt of Sikkim. Date: 1 to 3 November 2017. Title of the paper: “Somatic Imagery and the Representation of Pain in Nilamani Phukan’s Poetry.”
  • ICSSR Sponsored International Conference on “Language, Ethnicity and Identity: Twenty-First Century Perspectives.” Organiser & Venue: ELTI Assam Chapter, Department of English, Tinsukia College and Oil India Limited. Date: 11 and 12 February 2017. Title of the paper: “The Disco-Bhonti and the Farmer Boy: Ethnicity, Market and Metaphysical Cannibalism in Some Recent Assamese Video Songs.”
  • National Seminar on “Text, Context & Interpretation.” Organiser & Venue: Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati (India). Date: 24-25 January 2018. Title of the Paper: “The Species Argument and the Raciest Discourse: Meat-Eating and Race in J. M. Coetzee’s Writings.”

Translated Books

  1. Ahom. (আহোম) (2020, 2021, 2022). Assamese translation of The Ahoms by Arup Kumar Dutta. Published by Orchid Publication, Guwahati. Translated by Parag Kumar Deka. (ISBN: 978-93-81419-37-3). Pages: 447
  2. Baroti Sadhu (বাৰটি সাধু). (2011, 2022). A collection of twelve stories by Leo Tolstoy, translated into Assamese by Parag Kumar Deka. Published by Orchid Publication, Guwahati. (ISBN: 978-81-92-000-07-7). Pages: 120