Professor of English
PhD, English (1998), University of California, Riverside
MA, English (1988), University of Virginia
BA, English (1984), Southern Illinois University
My expertise is in postcolonial literature and theory, with an emphasis on South Asia, especially India, my birthplace. Like my colleagues, I teach a variety of other courses besides my speciality area, such as the novel, major figures (e.g., Rushdie and Naipaul), literary theory, postcolonial ecocriticism, comparative literature, South Asian literature and popular culture, writing about literature, and honors humanities. In 2010 I was a Fulbright lecturer in India, focusing on globalization and the place of literature, and I've traveled throughout India for research, conferences, and talks. My current project is an interdisciplinary study of literary and popular depictions of the jungle in Indian literature, which draws on, among other fields, postcolonial critique and ecocriticism. Other projects: Hindi (Bollywood) film studies; religion and literature in India. My interdisciplinary interests have taken me to a wide variety of conferences and other events in the U.S., India, Sri Lanka, England, and Canada.
Postcolonial Literature Today, co-edited with Jagdish Batra (New Delhi: Prestige, 2015).
Out of Bounds: Anglo-Indian Literature and the Geography of Displacement. (Univ. of Hawai'i, 2011).
"Landscapes of Terror and Nation in Hindi Film: The Case of Dil Se," forthcoming 2016 in Weber—The Contemporary West, South Asia special issue, ed. Michael Wutz, T. Vijay Kumar, Kerstin Schmidt.
"Fraudulence, Knowledge, and Post-Imperial Geographies in John Le Carré's Fiction: A Cavellian Postcolonial Reading," forthcoming 2015 in Philosophy and Literature.
"'Going Jungli': Flora Annie Steel's Wild Civility," accepted for critical anthology on British-Indian writer Flora Annie Steel, ed. Susmita Roye.
"Local Writing is World Writing: Reflections on Literary Studies in a Global Age," The Atlantic Critical Review (India), December 2014.
"The American Hero's Passage to India: Geography, Frontier Myths, and Planetary Perspectives," Writing Today (India) 1:2 (Jan. 2014): 1-12.
"Ghosts of Irish Famine in J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur," Journal of Commonwealth Literature (London) 46:2 (June 2011): 275-92.
"Anglo-Indians and Globalization," The Way We Are, ed. L. Crumb & D. Van Veldhuisen (New York: CTR Inc., 2008): 252-56.
"Picturing Violence in an Age of Technological Reproduction," Literature in Times of Violence, ed. G. R. Kataria and S. Mandal (Delhi: Prestige Books, 2008).
"The Savage City: Locating Colonial Modernity," Nineteenth-Century Contexts 25.4 (2003): 315-32.
"Culture, Metaphor, Art: The Context of Beauty," Rendezvous 36:1 (Fall 2002): 23-36.
"Club Members?: Reading John Masters's Bhowani Junction,” Journal of Commonwealth Literature (London), Summer 2000: 3-26.
"'Sanitary Duties' and Registered Women: A Reading of On the Face of the Waters,” Yale Journal of Criticism, Fall 1998: 507-13.
Journal Special Issues Editor
Journal of Contemporary Thought (Dallas; Baroda, India), issue titled "Locating Literature: Geography, History, Ecology," Winter 2012, co-ed. Dr. Prafulla Kar.
Rendezvous: Idaho State University Journal of Arts & Letters, "A Place for Beauty," 36:1 (Fall 2002), special interdisciplinary issue on aesthetics, co-ed. Dr.Michael Sowder.
Additional information, including copies of conference papers and CV, is available at Academia.edu.
I teach, or have taught, courses in postcolonial, comparative, and world literatures, graduate seminars in theory and the novel, major figures (Rushdie, Naipaul), national literature, introductory literature and composition, and Honors Humanities.
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