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Dr Dileep Edara

Marxist Literary Theory

Dravidian University

Dr Dileep Edara currently teaches at Dravidian University, India, as an Assistant Professor of English. The areas of his teaching and research interests include literary theory in general and Marxist literary theories in particular.

He received a BA in philosophy, economics, and politics, and then an MA in English literature from Acharya Nagarjuna University, India. Having cleared the UGC NET in 2003, he obtained his PhD in 2013 from the Department of English at the Central University of Hyderabad, India, for his research on the concepts of base and superstructure in Marxist theory. In the department, his thesis was awarded the Meenkshi Mukherjee Prize, for the year 2012-13.

His book Biography of a Blunder: Base and Superstructure in Marx and Later (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016) is based on his research work. He also received an MSc in psychology in 2017 with distinction. So far, he has delivered more than 10 invited lectures, published 15 articles in UGC approved journals, authored four text books and around six online lessons, designed syllabus for six courses at Dravidian University, translated around 10 Telugu short stories, and presented more than 20 papers in various national and international seminars.

Dileep is currently supervising the work of five PhD scholars on various topics. His work is informed by the unmistakable conviction that literary studies should contribute towards a holistic view of life, in a world that is increasingly fragmented by institutional boundaries.