Dr. Ashna Jacob Assistant Professor
School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Management

Research Interests

Comparative Mythology; Culture Studies; Popular Fiction

Contact Details

  • Room No: 21 (SEOCS)
  • ashnajacob@iitbbs.ac.in

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 Degree Discipline Year School
  Ph.D. English 2019 Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
  M.Phil. English Studies 2013 Christ University, Bangalore
  M.A. English and Comparative Literatur 2012 Pondicherry Central University
  B.A. English Language and Literature 2010 Calicut University


Dr. Ashna Jacob is an Assistant Professor of English at IIT Bhubaneswar. Her areas of expertise are Comparative Mythology, Culture Studies and Popular Fiction. She holds a PhD. for a thesis titled "Mythopoeia in Popular Fiction: A Select Study of the Mythopoeic Deities" from IIT Indore. Her articles have appeared in SCI journals: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (University of Toronto Press), Religion and the Arts (Brill) and Mythlore (Southwestern Oklahoma State University Press). She is a reviewer for Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History (Pudue University Fort Wayne), and Resilience and the Wandering Subject (Vernon Press). She previously worked at Indian Institute of Information Technology Una, and as Government Guest Lecturer at St.Albert's College, Ernakulam.


 English for Communication: HS1L001


Recent Publications (International Journals)

1Jacob, Ashna, and Nirmala Menon. “Mythos to Myth to Mythopoeia: A Cyclical Process.” Mythlore: A Journal of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Charles Williams and Mythopoeic Society. Vol. 42, No. 1(143), Fall/Winter 2023. Southwestern Oklahoma State University Press. p 147-164. https://dc.swosu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2997&context=mythlore
2Jacob, Ashna and Nirmala Menon. “Packaging Polytheism as Monotheism: A Study of the Mythopoeic Deity in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion”. Religion and the Arts. 22/04/2020, 24 (1-2), 84-109. Brill. p84–109. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685292-02401014
3Jacob, Ashna and Nirmala Menon. “Mythos to Myth: An Implication of Euhemerism in Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy”. The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 31:3 Fall 2019. University of Toronto Press. p196-207 doi: https://doi.org/10.3138/jrpc.2017-0034

Conferences (International)

1“The Mythopoeic Deity: A Reading of Deities constructed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s and Amish Tripathi’s Mythopoeias” at Oxonmoot 2015 annual conference hosted by the Tolkien Society, 10-13th September 2015, at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, U.K.
2“Shiva Trilogy- Representing Mythology in Indian Popular Fiction” at Writing Back: Language, Identity, Culture and Difference at Qatar University on 18-19th May 2014, Doha, Qatar.

Conferences (National)

1“From Susanna Anna Marie Yeats to Susanna Anna Marie Johannes—A Comparative Study of Ruskin Bond’s “Susanna’s Seven Husbands” (both short story and novella) and the movie adaptation 7 Khoon Maaf” at RAWCON 2014, 10-12th September 2014, at University of Hyderabad, India.
2“Chetan Bhagat’s Great Indian Dream as a Nation fetish” at National Young Researcher’s seminar held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India on January 17-18th 2014, Delhi, India.

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Research Scholar

 1. Pratikshya Sahoo

Professional Experience

JULY 2020 - JULY 2022 Indian Institute of Information Technology Una — Assistant Professor on Contract JUNE 2019 - DECEMBER 2019 St. Albert's College, Ernakulam - Government Guest Lecturer 

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