Dr. G. M. Javed Arif
Associate Professor





    English Discipline, Kobi Jibanananda Das Academic Building, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh

I obtained my PhD from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh in 2021. The title of my PhD dissertation was "Adrienne Rich's Poetry: Thematic and Theoretical Alignments", in which I used poststructuralist theories like postmodernism, feminism, and postcolonialism to explore how Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) dealt with her most favorite themes of politics, women, race, and history in her last four volumes of poetry Fox: Poems 1998-2000, The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004, Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth: Poems 2004-2006, and Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010.

I have a deep interest in literary and cultural theories. I also love poetry, both teaching and writing it.  

PhD (Rajshahi University)

MA in English (Rajshahi University)

BA (Hons) in English (Rajshahi University)

Modern and contemporary poetry; Literary and cultural theories

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    Journal Articles, Conference Papers, and Seminar Papers:

    - “Man, Nature, and Imagination: A Comparative Reading of ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ and ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.” Khulna University Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, June 2022, pp. 18-25.  https://doi.org/10.53808/KUS.2022.19.01.2140-ah.  https://ku.ac.bd/journal/kustudies/article/view/55/50.

    - “Perpetual Paradoxes: A New Critical Reading of ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ and ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.” Khulna University Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, 2021, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.53808/KUS.2021.18.02.2118-ah.  https://ku.ac.bd/uploads/kustudies/Volume%2018,%20Issue%202/N%202/1-8.pdf.

    - “The Postmodern Turn: Irony and Parody in ‘A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.’” East West University Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, 2007, pp. 31-41.  https://www.academia.edu/236738/.  



    - “Siamese Twins: Concurrent Origin and Corresponding Characteristics of Postmodernism and Postcolonialism.” Refereed Proceedings of the Seminar on Contemporary Issues in English Language and Literature, Apr. 1, 2006, edited by M. E. Huq et al., English Discipline, Khulna University, 2006, pp. 15-29. https://www.academia.edu/236744/.

    - “Wedded to her in lust”: A Psychoanalytic View of Sexuality and Aggression­ towards the Mother Sow in Lord of the Flies.Refereed Proceedings of the Seminar on Contemporary Issues in English Language and Literature, Apr. 1, 2006, edited by M. E. Huq et al., English Discipline, Khulna University, 2006, pp. 71-84. https://www.academia.edu/236743/.

    - “Developing English Department Students: A Classroom Writing Strategy.” Third International Conference of Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA), 15 Sept., 2005, British Council, Dhaka.  


    - “Macbeth’s Identity Crisis: Shakespeare as the Saviour.” Khulna University Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2000, pp. 245-256. https://ku.ac.bd/uploads/kustudies/Vol%202/N%202/245-256.pdf.   https://www.academia.edu/236740.

    Eng 3201: American Poetry

    Section – B

    (1) Allen Ginsberg: “Howl” (Section I); “September on Jessore Road”
    (2) Adrienne Rich: “Living in Sin”; “Diving into the Wreck”
    (3) Sylvia Plath: “Daddy”; “Ariel”
    (4) Anne Sexton: “Sylvia’s Death”


    Eng 3203: Literary Theory II

    Section – A

    (1) Viktor Shklovsky: “Art as Technique”
    (2) J. L. Austin: How To Do Things with Words (Selection from Literary Theory: An Anthology)
    (3) Jacques Lacan: “The Mirror Stage”
    (4) Louis Althusser: “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”


    Eng 4201: Twentieth-Century English Poetry and Drama

    Section – A

    (1) W. B. Yeats: “The Second Coming”; “Sailing to Byzantium”, “Byzantium”; “A Prayer for My Daughter”, “Easter 1916”
    (2) T.S. Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”; “The Waste Land”
    (3) W.H. Auden: “Muse des Beaux Arts”; “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”
    (4) Ted Hughes: “The Seven Sorrows”; “River”; “Pike”


    Eng 1101: Introduction to Poetry

    Section B


    1. W.B. Yeats: The Lake Isle of Innisfree

    2. Robert Frost: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    3. Ezra Pound: The River-Merchants Wife: A Letter

    4. Adrienne Rich: Aunt Jennifers Tigers

    5. Seamus Heaney: Digging

    6. Kaiser Haq: Ode on the Lungi

    Eng 3103: Literary Theory

    Section –A

    1. What is Literary Theory: Definition, Nature and Scope; Literature, Literary Criticism and Literary Theory; Recurrent Ideas in Critical Theory

    2. Formalisms: Arnold’s Academic Heritage; Anglo-American New Criticism; Russian Formalism

    3. Structuralism and Poststructuralism: Language and Structure; The Theory of the Sign; Narratology; Intertextuality; ‘Depth’ and ‘Surface’ Readings; Ferdinand de Saussure; Roman Jakobson; Jacques Derrida; Michel Foucault

    4. Psychoanalytic Criticism: The Concept of the Unconscious; The Instinctual Drives; The Structure of Psychic Personality; Freudian Psychoanalysis; Neo-Freudianism; Object Relations; Sigmund Freud; Jacques Lacan

    Section B

    1. Marxism: Class; Ideology; Hegemony; General Marxist Literary Criticism; Frankfurt School; George Lukacs; Louis Althusser; Terry Eagleton

    2. Feminism: Gender; Women and Literature; Sexual Identity; Anglo-American Feminist Criticism; French Feminist Theory; Virginia Woolf; Kate Millett; Elaine Showalter; Julia  Kristeva

    3. Postcolonialism: Background; Orientalism; Colonized and Colonizer; The Subaltern;  Postcolonial Literature; Frantz Fanon; Edward Said; Homi K Bhabha; Gayatri  Chakravorty Spivak

    4. Postmodernism: Discourse; Metanarrative; Simulacra; Virtuality; From Modernism to  Postmodernism; Jean Baudrillard; Jean-Francois Lyotard; Manuel Castel

    Eng 3110: Sessional on Romantic and Victorian Poetry

    The course is designed to help students

    get acquainted with the techniques of reciting poetry,

    acquire knowledge on translating and adapting poetry,

    develop students‟ critical awareness of reading poetry


    After studying the course students will be able to

    demonstrate genre shifting by adapting the extracts from selected poems into short scenes and/or short stories,

    present the extracts from poetry in posters,

    develop critical thinking and recitation skills


    1. Hyperion (Book 1)

    2. Don Juan (Canto 1)

    3. Ulysses

    4. My Last Duchess

    • Eng 1101: Introduction to Poetry
    • Eng 3103: Literary Theory
    • Eng 3110: Sessional on Romantic and Victorian Poetry