Faculty at MIC, MAHE, Manipal

Anupa Lewis

Assistant Professor - Senior Scale

Ms Anupa Lewis holds the position Assistant Professor – Senior Scale, in the department of Media Studies, Manipal Institute of Communication, MAHE. Moreover, considering communication as the broad spectrum she has about a decade of experience in engaging lectures in media, literature and cultural studies apart from being the resource person for several creative writing workshops. Her core areas of research include comparative literature, literary anthropology, speculative fiction, ecocriticism, geofeminism, media rhetoric and narratology.

Manipal Institute of Communication

Qualification: MS Communication (Print and New Media) MA Literature (European Literature & Literary Criticism) IELTS Trainer Certificate Post-Secondary Certificate in German


    Ms Anupa Lewis holds the position Assistant Professor – Senior Scale, in the department of Media Studies, Manipal Institute of Communication, MAHE. Moreover, considering communication as the broad spectrum she has about a decade of experience in engaging lectures in media, literature and cultural studies apart from being the resource person for several creative writing workshops. Her core areas of research include comparative literature, literary anthropology, speculative fiction, ecocriticism, geofeminism, media rhetoric and narratology.

    In addition, she also holds the following positions:

    • Co-ordinator: Tagore Centre – MIC 
    • Co-ordinator: NEEM ‘Plant an Idea Initiative’– MIC 
    • Co-ordinator: MIC Mirror – Newsletter 
    • Editorial Team Member: MAHE Research Bulletin
    • MIC Committee Member: International Collaborations; Short Term Courses; Alumni Cell


Subject Semester / Year
English Language & Literature – 1 BAMC first semester
English Language & Literature – 2 BAMC second semester
Creative Communication MAMC third semester
Media Writing MAMC second semester
Communicative English B. Voc first semester
Media & Cultural Studies MAMC first semester
Gender & Communication MAMC third semester


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MS Communication Print & New Media Manipal Institute of Communication 2009
MA Literature European Literature & Literary Criticism Mangalore University 2007


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Manipal Institute of Communication Assistant Professor – Senior Scale Lectures & Academic Duties 2017 & onward
Manipal Institute of Communication Assistant Professor Lectures & Academic Duties 2011 - 2017
Sikkim Manipal Academy of Higher Education - Directorate of Distance Education, Manipal Division Lecturer Lectures, Content Creation, and Academic Responsibilities 2010 - 2011
Manipal Universal Learning, Bangalore Academic Consultant Review Committee Member 2010 - 2011
Manipal Institute of Communication Visiting Faculty Lecture Sessions 2010 - 2011
Manipal Media Network Limited, Manipal Media Executive Data Visualization 2009-2010

Lexical Semantics: Mapping Gender and Cultural Geography in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Speculative Fiction

14 December 2020 Comparative Literature, Literary Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Speculative Fiction, Gender Studies Anupa Lewis Dr. Padma Rani

Journal: IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship [ISSN: 2187-0608] | Volume: 9; Issue: 2 | Pages: 26-39 | Publisher: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

URL: https://doi.org/10.22492/ijl.9.2.01


This article attempts to contextualize how the idea of geography plays a significant role in speculative fiction. The resultant contention is that the gender dynamics of space and place, regarded in the setting of literary anthropology, can be studied through a close examination of lexical and semantic patterns. Stemming from this line of enquiry, the article revisits Ursula K. Le Guin’s novelette ‘Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight’ and discusses the striking co-relations that emerge when reading into the underlying intersections of gender geography and cultural geography.

‘Space as a Sign System’: Exploring Lexical Semantics in relation to Cultural Geography

2020 Cultural Geography, Lexical Semantics, Ethnographic Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin Anupa Lewis

International Conference: ACAH2020 Virtual Presentations [54796]

Research Archive: IAFOR: https://vimeo.com/421368146

The research paper attempts to examine as to how the idea of ‘space’ when regarded as a literary construct, is mapped in a given text: first in terms of the literal and obvious elemental descriptions of ‘cartographic geography’ available to a casual reader-aka-somnambulist at a cursory glance; and second, in terms of its logical extension to the abstraction of ‘cultural geography’ that is revealed by one mining a labyrinth of lexical structures. The resultant contention is, the dynamics of ‘space’ in a stipulated context can be studied as a comprehensive ‘sign system’, devoid of extrinsic support. Stemming from this line of enquiry, the proposition is to establish the theoretical connection between ‘Lexical Semantics’ and ‘Cultural Geography’ using Ursula K. Le Guin’s ethnographic fiction as a potential case study. While Cultural Geography correlates the natural environment with the human organization of space, its conceptual base branches into three discursive figments: ‘traditional’ cultural geography (where signs for intervention in the natural landscape are studied – e.g. buildings, dams, technology), ‘new’ cultural geography (where signs for non-material culture are studied – e.g. identity, power, ideology), and ‘more-than-representational’ geographies (where signs expand unto the enactment or performance of the more-than-human, more-than-textual aspects)(Lorimer, 2005). Similarly, Lexical Semantics as an approach to reading a text seeks to assign meanings to words, phrases, expressions or idioms by emphasizing a lush nexus of semantic relations.

A Gynocentric Perspective on the Narrative Cosmology Constructed in Ursula K. Le Guin’s 'The Earthsea Cycle'

2020 Ursula K. Le Guin, The Earthsea Cycle, Culture Hero, Gynocentrism, the Anthropocene Anupa Lewis

International Conference: ACCS2020 Virtual Presentations [54737]

Research Archive: IAFOR: https://vimeo.com/422691372

Given the compass of literary anthropology, the formulaic predilection for a male ‘culture hero’, charging at or circumventing obstacles while being engaged in a quest of epic proportions, has long dominated the narrative-scape in fantasy novels traditionally penned by male authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, and C. S. Lewis amongst others. However, this ontological propensity for a preposterously masculinist narrative where the solitary male hero seemingly penetrates and ultimately achieves dominion over the anthropocene trope of the wilderness, i.e. a long-drawn action consummated in the orgasmic ‘climax’ effected in the narrative – has received much criticism by post-modern feminist scholars, notably for the regressive phallocentric approach that these texts propound. While till recently, fighting or slaying dragons either real or metaphoric, mapped in desolate lands and pegged in a far past or a far future, has often taken center stage in fantasy narratives, a novel approach to the very subject has been sparked by eminent writers and critics, such as the likes of Ursula Le Guin who for one deemed it necessary to redesign narrative structures to suit a new-fangled ethic of creative expression. As such, the current research paper seeks to explore Le Guin’s conceptualization of a culture hero encapsulated in the narrative cosmology of The Earthsea Cycle, viewed predominantly from a gynocentric perspective.


Area of Interest

Creative Communication, Art & Aesthetics, Story Crafting, Flash Fiction, Poetry

Area of Expertise

Media Writing, Literature & Cultural Studies; Post-Secondary Certificate in German - 2003; IELTS Trainer Certificate - 2019

Area of Research

Comparative literature, Literary anthropology, Speculative fiction, Ecocriticism, Geofeminism, Media rhetoric and narratology.

Poles Apart, Roles Alike: A Perspective on Ethics

2020 Comparative Literature, M K Gandhi, Heinrich Böll, Ethics Anupa Lewis

Journal: TULUVA [ISSN-2347-3452] | Volume: 10 | Issue: 1 & 2 | Pages: 41-44 | Publisher: Rashtrakavi Govind Pai Samshodhana Kendra, MAHE, Manipal

This article is a review of Dr. N T Bhat’s momentous work of impeccable scholarship – Poles Apart, Roles Alike – which at the very outset, with a great deal of synchronicity, deems to compare and contrast two eminent stalwarts in history – M K Gandhi and Heinrich Böll. On one hand, we are presented with the apothecary of national conscience – the Mahatma – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who being a lawyer by vocation, remained a devout political ethicist, displaying an anti-colonialist bearing, one who seamlessly nurtured the path of non-violent resistance, which found its ultimate mien in India's Independence from the British Raj, a gentle victory, which in turn progressively inspired several noteworthy endemic movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. On the other hand, we are stridently greeted by Heinrich Theodor Böll’s chronicles of exemplary resilience in the face of Nazi turmoil and repression, whereupon one avails the rare opportunity to get acquainted with the sinewy grit of one of Germany's foremost post-World-War-II writers, who championed the cause of socialism – to the point that he is laudably greeted today as one who did not buckle under the sardonic autocratic lathe of iron, muscle, powder and fury; thereof, he was aptly awarded with the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972, amongst an entourage of other enterprising accolades.

Culture, Myth and Memory: Perspectives on the rhetorical construction of the ‘xeno’ in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short stories

01 January 2016 Comparative Literature, Literary Criticism, Rhetoric and Narratology Anupa Lewis

Journal: PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences [ISSN 2454-5899] | Volume: 2 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 339-354 | Publisher: Global Research and Development Services, India

URL: https://doi.org/10.20319/pijss.2016.s21.339354

The paper at hand is an attempt to lend perspective to the rhetorical construction of the ‘xeno’ in Gabriel García Márquez’s short stories. In this relation, the notion of the ‘xeno’ is discussed based on the application of diverse theoretical precepts: William Empson’s categories of ‘ambiguity’, Claude Levi Strauss’s concept of ‘bricolage’, Bakhtin’s premise of the ‘carnivalesque-grotesque’ contextualised by the principle of binary opposition, Viktor Shklovsky’s technique of ‘defamiliarization’, and Vladimir Propp’s impression of ‘archetypes’. In continuum, the trope of ‘ambiguity’ is identified as pivotal to the analysis.

Rhetoric of Kitsch in the Post-Truth Era: Media, Literature & Cultural Studies

23 March 2018 Media, Literature & Cultural Studies Anupa Lewis Shanthi Lewis

Journal: PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences [ISSN: 2394-7926] | Volume: 4 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 330-342 | Publisher: Global Research and Development Services, India

URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.20319/pijss.2018.41.330342

The current age in its placid reckoning of rib-tickling political spectacle staged on a global scale has been unanimously dubbed the ‘post-truth era’, an adjectival term which has of late gained wide currency and critical sanction in academic spheres of cultural studies, denoting especially a lambasting incline in titillating media buzz, which is blatantly and consciously churned into the inimical language of caustic ‘kitsch’. As such, the paper at hand as its objective, attempts to theorize and review the petulant phenomenon of kitsch in the post-truth era, by inspecting its varied avatars and inherent complexities from a polemical perspective. In accord, the paper furthermore deems to predicate the cultural bearing of kitsch in the realm of art, aesthetics, politics, media, language, and literature, whereupon the historical origins of the term kitsch has been delineated