(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.
Office: NC 45
School of English
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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.