Associate Professor, English
BA, University of California-San Diego, 1996
MA, PhD, University of Oregon, 1999, 2003
Mita Mahato’s primary areas of research and teaching are in contemporary Visual and Cultural Studies, with a secondary specialization in nineteenth-century British Literature. Her research explores the articulation and reception of illness stories in extra-lexical narrative forms, including online media, comics, film, and photo essays. Her essay on the fraught world of illness blogging, “Virtuous Community: Online Storytelling in Leroy Sievers’s My Cancer,” is forthcoming from Storytelling, Self, Society. Current projects include essays on alienated sympathy in Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner’s joint graphic memoir Our Cancer Year and the silent language of illness in David Small’s autography Stitches.
Mita teaches advanced courses on the Rhetoric of Disease, Visual Rhetoric, Writing and Culture, Auteur Theory, and Jane Austen. She also regularly teaches British Literature III and core courses in Writing and Rhetoric. She will be taking sabbatical leave during Spring 2012. To have a look at the creative project Mita is working on during her leave, please check out: http://theseframesarehidingplaces.wordpress.com/
After losing her mother to cancer and blogging about that experience, Professor Mita Mahato sought refuge in trees--drawing them, cutting them out of paper, making tree collages. After attending a conference on Comics and Medicine for academic purposes, Mahato was inspired to revisit her work through the development of a new blog called These frames are hiding places which she is developing during her Spring 2012 sabbatical.