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).