From time to time on this page, we will profile individual department faculty and their recent activities. For Fall 2013, we introduce Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature, Ambereen Dadabhoy.
Ambereen had previously worked at HMC as a tutor and instructor, and is delighted to return to Mudd after a two-year stint at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Ambereen has a Ph.D. in early modern English literature, and her research focuses on the representation of religious and racial difference in early modern English drama. She is interested in how such differences are embodied and the circulation of those bodies in various early modern discourses, particularly on the stage.
Ambereen’s current research stems from her previous work and her experiences in Turkey. She has a forthcoming article, “ʻGoing Native’: Geography, Gender, and Identity in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters,” in which she examines Lady Mary’s flirtation with Ottoman culture and adoption of Ottoman practices as a form of female agency. Another essay, “Two Faced: the Problem of Othello’s Visage,” is also forthcoming in a collection of essays on Shakespeare’s Othello. In it, she argues that Shakespeare’s play parodies Ottoman cultural practices in order to construct an imperial ideology based on the exclusion of colonized people from the political body. Ambereen has been able to bring the questions about identity that she raises in her research into her work in the classroom, and is currently at work on an article, “The Moor of America: Approaching the Crisis of Race and Religion in the Renaissance and
21st Century,” which discusses her approach to teaching Othello alongside contemporary issues of racial and religious difference in America.
At HMC Ambereen has had the opportunity to teach classes on Shakespeare, from Elizabethan to Jacobean and also to take over Professor Jeff Groves’ popular “Lit 110 Shakespeare” course, in which students mount a full production of one of Shakespeare’s plays. In May of 2013, her students will perform Henry IV part 1. She has also taught topical and genre surveys including, the hero in literature, medieval romance, and Renaissance drama. She enjoys teaching literature to Mudd students because they bring the same kind of inquisitive lens and problem solving skills to her courses that they do to their courses in the technical fields. In addition, she finds that their questions lead her down interpretive paths that might not have been apparent to her otherwise.