About Riyukta Raghunath

Dr Raghunath joined NCH in 2019 as an Assistant Lecturer in Academic Writing.


PhD in English Language and Linguistics, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017

MA in English Language Studies – Literary Linguistics Pathway, University of Sheffield, 2012

BA in English Language and Literature, Madras Christian College, 2010

Professional Affiliations

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association.



Riyukta Raghunath's Research

Riyukta Raghunath is research active in the fields of cognitive-narratology and counterfactual historical fiction. Her PhD thesis (2017) is entitled ‘Alternative Realities: Counterfactual Historical Fiction and Possible Worlds Theory’ and focuses on devising a cognitive-narratological methodology based on Possible Worlds Theory with which to analyse counterfactual historical fiction. In her doctoral thesis, she primarily offered modifications to Possible Worlds Theory (e.g. RK-worlds) and supplementing the theory with cognitive concepts (e.g. Ontological Superimposition and Reciprocal Feedback), to show how the theory can be used to effectively analyse all aspects of counterfactual historical fiction.

Her wider research interests are within the areas of reader-response research, stylistics, and cognitive poetics. Riyukta’s future research will look into developing Possible Worlds Theory using empirical data.

Her most recent publications on Possible Worlds Theory and counterfactual historical fiction include: Raghunath. R. (forthcoming). ‘Possible Worlds Theory and the Fictionality of Images in Counterfactual Narratives’ In Alison, G. and Torsa. S. (eds) Fictionality and Multimodal Narratives (Publisher to be confirmed); and Raghunath. R. (2017a). ‘Alternate History: Defining Counterparts and Individuals with Transworld Identity’ In Fantastika Journal 1(1), p. 91. Publication outside this field include: Raghunath. R., Anker. C., and Nortcliffe, A. (2016). ‘Are academics ready for Smart Learning?’ in British Journal of Educational Technology. doi:10.1111/bjet.12532.

Riyukta Raghunath's Teaching

As an Assistant Lecturer at NCH, Riyukta will be teaching on the Academic Writing module which is a part of the England Program.

Riyukta has previously taught at Sheffield Hallam University and Nottingham Trent University on modules such as Language and Style, Language and Psychology, Language, Gender, and Sexuality, Digital Communication, and Language in Social Context among others.