School of English


(BA, Kent; MA, SOAS; PhD, Queen Mary)

My main areas of interest have included South Asian literature in English and in translation (and the relations between them), colonial discourse analysis as an interdisciplinary field, psychoanalytic theory on the formation and maintenance of social ideologies, the writings of British men and women in India in the nineteenth century, Partition texts, and the literature and historiography of the 1857 ‘Mutiny’. I have also been looking at imperial themes in Victorian literature, African-American slave narratives, Indian cinema beyond Bollywood, and the social and political contexts of eighteenth-century British painting in India. At the moment, my research is focused on the idea of community in postcolonial Indian literature, ranging from the rhetoric of Hindu nationalist writers in the 1930s and 40s to the fictions of Anita Desai and the films of Satyajit Ray.

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Office: NC 45

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Padamsee, A. (2005). Representations of Indian Muslims in British Colonial Discourse. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book section
Padamsee, A. (2014). Ideology and paradox in British Civil Service accounts of Muslim 'conspiracy' in 1857-1859. in: Bates, C. ed. Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857. Volume 5: Muslims, Dalits and Subaltern Perspectives. New Delhi and London: Sage, pp. 63-81. Available at:
Padamsee, A. (2012). A well-travelled theory: Mughals, Maine and modernity in the historical fiction of Romesh Chunder Dutt. in: Hatcher, B. and Dodson, M. eds. Trans-colonial Modernities in South Asia. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 208-230.
Padamsee, A. (2012). 'Times Are Different Now': The Ends of Partition in the Contemporary Urdu Short Story. in: March-Russell, P. and Awadalla, M. eds. The Postcolonial Short Story: Contemporary Essays. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 15-32.
Padamsee, A. (2013). ‘The melting point of granite’: urban nationalist tourism and the reconstruction of colonial Delhi. Moving Worlds 13.
Padamsee, A. (2012). The Politics of Sovereignty and Violence in Flora Annie Steel’s A Prince of Dreamers. Modern Fiction Studies [Online] 58:22-45. Available at:
Padamsee, A. (2011). Postnational aesthetics and the work of mourning in Ahmed Ali’s Twilight in Delhi. Journal of Commonwealth Literature [Online] 46:27-44. Available at:
Padamsee, A. (2008). Uncertain Partitions: Undecidability and the Urdu Short Story. Wasafiri 23:1-5.
Padamsee, A. (2011). On an adaptation of Great Expectations to 1860s India. The Dickensian [Online] 107:155-157. Available at:
Padamsee, A. (2009). A.E.W. Mason’s The Broken Road Crane, R. ed. Journal of Postcolonial Writing [Online] 45:359-360. Available at:
Padamsee, A. (2008). Review of Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, The Great Uprising in India, 1857–58: Untold Stories, Indian and British. American Historical Review [Online] 113:1442. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 11 [See all in KAR]
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Research supervision

I’m interested in supervising research in all aspects of South Asian literature, and imperial themes in British colonial and metropolitan literature. Currently, I’m supervising a PhD thesis on mapping transnational spaces in postcolonial South Asian texts.

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 06/09/2017