Ph.D., Baylor University
Research Interests and Background
Dr. Bindu Malieckal specializes in Early Modern literature, with a focus on the representation of Indians, Jews, Muslims, and women in 15th to early 18th century texts. She has additional interests in genocide studies, Postcolonial literature from India, and African American literature.
Dr. Malieckal has placed a number of articles, on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello; Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great; John Fletcher’s The Knight of Malta; Philip Massinger’s The Renegado; Rohinton Mistry’s Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag and Such a Long Journey; Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh; and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Dr. Malieckal has edited two collections of essays: Shakespeare and Postcolonial India and, with Dr. Nabil Matar, Muslim and Non-Muslim Women in the Empires of Islam, 1453-1798. Currently, she is writing a book on Jews, Christians, and Muslims in early modern literature.
She is the coordinator of the Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. In addition, she has directed the college's International Faculty Lecture Series, which she founded. As a member of an English department committee called IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Multicultural Programs/Activities, Coordinating Team), Dr. Malieckal organized lectures and events on India and literature and on race and literature.
Dr. Malieckal joined the English Department in the year 2000. She teaches courses in 16th and 17th century literature, from courses on William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and John Milton, to special topics’ classes titled “Politics and Islam in Early Modern Drama” and “Shakespeare and Contemporary Film,” among others.