Collegiate Affiliation

Sreyashi Ray is a PhD Candidate in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She studies aesthetic representations of the relationships between humans, nonhuman animals, and their shared environments in South Asian literary and visual cultures. Her dissertation project focuses on how cultural imaginaries use unique rhetorical conventions, narratological strategies, and storytelling techniques to speculate animal sentience and critique the concurrent material and symbolic instrumentalization of animals. Working at the intersections of postcolonial studies, animal studies, and ecocriticism, this dissertation shows how the polysemic valence of animals are produced through the generative coexistence of metaphoric and metonymic dimensions of textual animal figures. Through zoocentric analyses of the literary and cinematic representations of human-animal interdependence, communication, and co-constitution in the contexts of religious revivalism, indigenous disenfranchisement, nationalism, urbanization, climate change, postcolonial extractivism, and agrarian economy, this dissertation shows how a diverse range of species are implicated in the mutual imbrications of social and environmental transformation in the Indian subcontinent. 


Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • B.A.: Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
  • M.A.: Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
  • M.A. : South Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


  • Postcolonial Theory and Criticism
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Indigenous Ecocriticism
  • Modern South Asian Literatures and Cultures
  • Narratology
  • Affect Theory