Areas of Expertise
- Critical and Literary theory & postcolonial cultural criticism
- Global literatures from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean
- Early twentieth century British Literature
Courses Currently Teaching
|EN120F A||Language, Thought, and Writing: Literature as Persuasion|
|EN237 A||Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing|
|EN493I A||Seminar: Imperialism and Literature|
—Recitations of Romanticism: Postcolonial Genealogies and the Sites of Reading in John Stuart Mill and Meena Alexander. In Passages to Manhattan. Ed. Lopamudra Basu & Cynthia Leenerts. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009. 98-120.
—Colonialism, Decadence and the Poetics of Desire in Adela Cory Nicolson. In Writing Desire: Nineteenth-Century Poetics. Ed. Rachel Langford. Peter Lang, 2005.
—Sheath that swathes me from top to toe: Embodying Blackness in the Western Canon. Thematology. Ed. Shibaji Bandopadhyay. DCE, Jadavpur University: Calcutta, 2004.
—Gold and Bracelet, Water and Wave: Signature and Translation in the Indian Poetry of Adela Cory Nicolson Women: A Cultural Review 13.2 (2002): 145-68.
— Telling Brutal Things: Colonialism, Bloomsbury and the Crisis of Narration in Leonard Woolf’s “A Tale Told By Moonlight.” Criticism 43.3 (2001): 189-201: 189-201.
—Savage Pursuits: The Shaping of Colonial Civility in E. M. Forster’s “The Life to Come.” boundary 2 28.2(Summer 2001): 227-56.
—Metropolitan Civility, Bloomsbury, and the Power of the Modern Colonial State: Leonard Woolf’s “Pearls and Swine.” Journal X: A Biannual Journal in Culture and Criticism 6.1(Fall 2001): 105-24
— Subject to Civility: The Story of the Indian Baboo. Colby Quarterly 37.2 (June 2001): 113-24.
—Wilson Harris. Encarta Africana 2000. Ed. Anthony K. Appiah & Henry L. Gates, Jr.. Redmond, WA: Microsoft, 1999.
"Postcoloniality and the Politics of Identity in the Diaspora: Figuring 'Homes,' Locating Histories." Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism. Ed. Radhika Mohanram & Gita Rajan. Greenwoood P: Westpost, CT, 1995. 101-117.
—Raja Rao: Biography, Themes, Narrative Strategies, and Critical Reception." Writers of the Indian Diaspora: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Greenwood P: Westport, CT, 1993. 343-56.
"The Aesthetics of an [Un]willing Immigrant: Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and Days and Nights in Calcutta." Bharati Mukherjee: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson, Garland: NY, 199. 127-42.
"Nationhood, Power, Identity." Mediations 17.1(December 1992): 92-98
|Civility, a normative code of behavior in 19th century Britain became a means of imposing control and effecting exclusion when transferred to the colonial world. Civility and Empire examines the manner in which civility emerged as the ethos of the British colonial state in the 19th century and formed the key discursive idea around which questions about citizenship, education, inheritance, labor, and civil authority were negotiated. The discourse of civility also provided the basis for establishing disciplinary mechanisms that were essential to managing the historical exigencies confronting the British Empire in India. The book traces the genealogy of civility in 19th and 20th century British literature that includes writers such as Walter Scott, Kipling, John Stuart Mill, E.M. Forster and Leonard Woolf, and also the history of the colonial archive that includes official documents, poetry, romances, and travel narratives from this era.|
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