Vanita Neelakanta
Associate Professor of English Email: vneelakanta@rider.edu
Phone Number: (609) 895-5581
Office Location:
Fine Arts 331

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Associate Professor of English
Email: 
vneelakanta@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
(609) 895-5581
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Fine Arts 331

Ph.D. in English, Brandeis University
M.A. and B.A. in English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India

Vanita Neelakanta’s principal research and teaching areas are seventeenth-century British literature and culture, with a special emphasis on Milton, Renaissance and Restoration drama, early modern religious poetry, and Reformation theology. Her current research is focused on early modern representations of Jerusalem on both sides of the Atlantic. Her interest in performance, spectatorship, and visual culture extends well into the twentieth-century and includes film noir, detective fiction, and contemporary science-fiction. Dr. Neelakanta teaches the AMS course on the devil in American literature and culture in addition to courses on Milton, Shakespeare, seventeenth-century poetry and drama (ENG) and the Bible as literature and philosophy (BHP).