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Koel Chatterjee

English Language Tutor


Email: K.Chatterjee@trinitylaban.ac.uk

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Koel specialises in Academic English in Higher Education as well as in teaching Critical Thinking for Academia and Global Shakespeares. She has interests in crossover pedagogical practices in the classroom and in applying literary research to affect policy change.

She was awarded her PhD in Shakespeare and Bollywood in 2018 and is currently working on a monograph on the history of Bollywood Shakespeares. Recent publications include: Rediscovering Shakespeare through exoticism: examining the Mousetrap sequence in Haider for the Société Francaise Shakespeare Journal (2018), Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988): A Neglected Shakespeare Film in Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas, ed Poonam Trivedi and Paromita Chakravarti, Routledge New York, (2018) and Cannibalising Shakespeare: Consumption and Consumer; a conversation piece with Diana Henderson for Eating Shakespeare: Cultural Anthropophagy as Global Methodology, the first book in the new Arden series Global Shakespeare Inverted, ed. David Schalkwyk, 2018.

Koel also has interests in organising academic events and has co-organised India-Pakistan-UK: Intertwined Narratives (2017) in collaboration with RHUL and Tara Arts, Indian Shakespeares on Screen (2016) in collaboration with BFI Southbank and Asia House, and the Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference at Royal Holloway University of London (2014).

Teaching Experience

Koel is a member of theCentre for Educational Futures and will be teaching English Language on the International Foundation Certificate: Music and English; International Foundation Programme: Contemporary Dance and English; International Graduate Diploma: Dance and English; ISP Advanced (International Graduate Diploma option) within the Faculties of Music and Dance.

A highly experienced teacher, Koel has previously taught Arts and Academic English within the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Prior to this she was course leader, English Tutor and  Pre-Sessional English Tutor within the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills. As an English Examiner, positions include those with the British Council as IELTS and LifeSkills Examiner and with QA as an English Language Assessor.

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2012-2018
  • MA Shakespeare, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2005-2006
  • BA (Hons) English, St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta (Kolkata, India), 2002-2005


Exoticism in Contemporary Transnational Cinema: Music and Spectacle, 2017
Paper Title: Using Exoticism to Make Sense of Shakespeare: Examining the Mousetrap sequence in Haider

Indian Shakespeares on Screen in collaboration with BFI Southbank and Asia House, 2016
Conference: co-organiser
Paper Title: Image as text in Arshinagar (2015), an Aparna Sen adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare and Bollywood Conference, RHUL, 2014
Conference co-organiser
Paper Title: The Pivotal Role of Angoor in the history of Bollywood Shakespeares

British Shakespeare Association Conference: Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority, 2014
Paper Title: Post postcolonial Shakespeare and Angoor, a Hindi Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare Institute Graduate Conference: BritGrad 2014
Paper Title: The Pivotal Role of Angoor in the history of Bollywood Shakespeares English

UCL English Graduate Conference: Transformations, 2014
Paper Title: Bollywoodizing the Bard: The Transformation of Macbeth into Bollywood Gangster film Maqbool (2004)

Department Graduate Conference, 2013
Paper Title: Angoor: A Hindi Comedy of Errors