I teach postcolonial literature from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and the settler colonies of New Zealand and Australia. I have also taught the Victorian novel with an emphasis on colonialism and gender. Once in three years, I have been able to teach a course on transnational feminism moving from the literary to social movements and feminist socio-political debates in the global South. My scholarly work focuses on nineteenth-century England, nineteenth and twentieth-century British colonialism in South Asia, and literary and cultural production in postcolonial South Asia. In my book, Educating Seeta: The Anglo-Indian Family Romance and the Poetics of Indirect Rule (Ohio State Univ Press, 2010), I analyze Anglo-Indian romances written by British colonials who lived in India during a period of indirect colonial rule. I am currently working on a project on the memory of the Indian partition of 1947, which created the two South Asian nations of India and Pakistan. I am interested in how memory travels and what kinds of cultural practices of memorialization are progressive and have been successful in South Asia.
Education and Degrees
Ph.D., English, Cornell University B.A., M.A., M. Phil., Delhi University