Associate Professor of English


Ph.D., Stanford University

Field of Specialty

South Asian literature and film; Postcolonial literature and theory; Realism; The global novel

Contact Information

Rabb Graduate Center 239

Ulka Anjaria

Professor Anjaria teaches and researches South Asian literature and film. Her first book was a study of the mid 20th-century Indian novel, focusing on the movement of progressive writing that became dominant in the lead-up to Indian independence. Her forthcoming book considers the relationship of contemporary (2000 and beyond) Indian literature and film to new political imaginaries in India. She has also published articles on Hindi popular film (known as "Bollywood"), and on Pakistani literature.


Anjaria, Ulka. "Amitabh Bachchan in Deewaar." Close Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Vol. 2 (International). Ed. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018

Anjaria, Ulka. "Fifty years later, Shrilal Shukla's Raag Darbari is being reborn as modern Indian literature." Scroll March 3, 2018.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Indian Queer Futures." Rev. of Murder in Mahim by Jerry Pinto and Mohanaswamy by Vasudhendra., Public Books 2018

Anjaria, Ulka. "21st-Century Realisms." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (2017)

Anjaria, Ulka. "Great Aspirations." Rev. of One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat, Public Books 2017

Anjaria, Ulka. "Madhur Bhandarkar and the New Bollywood Social." Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directions and Their Cinema. Ed. Aysha Viswamohan and Vimal Mohan John. New Delhi: Sage, 2017. 272-287.

Anjaria, Ulka. "The Goddess of Loss: Indian Literature in English After Arundhati Roy." The Boston Review February 9, 2017.

Anjaria, Ulka. "India's First Bollywood Film." Rev. of Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation, by William Elison, Christian Lee Novestzke, and Andy Rotman. Biblio: A Review of Books vol. 21 April 15, 2016

Anjaria, Ulka. "Lady Lolita's Lover shows us there can be no Great Indian Novel right now." Scroll January 30, 2016.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Pakistan's Place in World Literature." Rev. of Mirages of the Mind, by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi. Public Books March 15, 2016

Anjaria, Ulka. "Review." Rev. of Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time, by Susan Stanford Friedman. Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World October 11, 2016

Anjaria, Ulka. "The Realist Impulse and the Future of Postcoloniality." NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 49. 2 (2016): 278-294.

Anjaria, Ulka, ed. A History of the Indian Novel in English. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Amitav Ghosh and Aravind Adiga: Two ways to write English in India." Scroll August 9, 2015.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Chetan Bhagat and the New Provincialism." American Book Review (2015): 6-22.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Introduction: Literary Pasts, Presents, and Futures." A History of the Indian Novel in English. Ed. Ulka Anjaria. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 1-30.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Reading Chetan Bhagat in Dhaka: the anxiety of English literature." Scroll July 25, 2015..

Anjaria, Ulka. "Realist Hieroglyphics: Aravind Adiga and the New Social Novel." Modern Fiction Studies 61. 1 (2015): 112-135.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Review." Rev. of In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary, by Mrinalini Chakravorty. South Asian Review vol. 36 2015: 233-236.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Review." Rev. of The Mahatma Misunderstood: The politics and forms of literary nationalism in India, by Snehal Shingavi. Twentieth-Century Literature vol. 61 December 2015: 511-518.

Anjaria, Ulka. ""Relationships Which Have No Name": Family and Sexuality in 1970s Popular Film [Reprint]." The 1970s and Its Legacies in India’s Cinemas. Ed. Priya Joshi and Rajinder Dudrah. London: Routledge, 2014. 23-35.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Rethinking Working-Class Literature." Rev. of No Country: Working-Class Literature in the Age of Globalization, by Sonali Perera. Contemporary Literature vol. 55 2014: 792-797.

Anjaria, Ulka. "The Persistence of Realism." Rev. of The Antinomies of Realism, by Fredric Jameson. Postmodern Culture vol. 23 May, 2014

Anjaria, Ulka and Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria. "Slumdog Millionaire and Epistemologies of the City [revised version]." The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Ajay Gehlawat. London: Anthem, 2013. 53-68.

Anjaria, Ulka and Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria. "The Fractured Spaces of Entrepreneurialism in Post-Liberalization India." Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India: Studies of Youth, Class, Work and Media. Ed. Nandini Gooptu. London: Routledge, 2013. 190-205.

Anjaria, Ulka. "'A True Lahori': Mohsin Hamid and the Problem of Place in Pakistani Fiction." Economic and Political Weekly 48. 25 (2013)

Anjaria, Ulka. "To Chuck or Not to Chuck." Rev. of The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, by Shehan Karunatilaka. Public Books March, 2013

Anjaria, Ulka. "'Relationships Which Have No Name:’ Family and Sexuality in 1970s Popular Film." Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 10. 1 (2012): 23-35.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Introduction to the New Edition." Nature and Grounds of Political Obligation in the Hindu State by J.J. Anjaria (Reprint). New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2012. 15-22.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Realism Rethought." Rev. of Postcolonial Studies and the Literary: Theory, Interpretation, and the Novel, by Eli Park Sorensen. NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction vol. 45.3 2012: 512-514.

Anjaria, Ulka. Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Anjaria, Ulka. "'Why Don't You Speak?': The Narrative Politics of Silence in Three South Asian Novels." Colonialism, Modernity and Literature: A View from India. Ed. Satya P. Mohanty. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011. 153-170.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Wog." Rev. of Conversations in Bloomsbury, by Mulk Raj Anand. Biblio: A Review of Books (November-December 2011): 17-18.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Staging Realism and the Ambivalence of Nationalism in the Colonial Novel." NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 44. 2 (2011): 186-207.

Anjaria, Ulka (co-authored with Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria). "Slumdog Millionaire and Epistemologies of the City." Economic and Political Weekly 45. 24 (2010): 41-46.

Anjaria, Ulka and Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria. "Text, Genre, Society: Hindi youth films and postcolonial desire." Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 6. 2 (2008): 125-140.

Anjaria, Ulka. "A Literary Kartography: Urban Space and the Postcolonial Novel." South Asian Review 29. 1 (2008): 216-233.

Anjaria, Ulka. "On Beauty and Being Postcolonial: Aesthetics and Form in Zadie Smith." Zadie Smith: Critical Essays. Ed. Tracey Lorraine Walters. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 31-56.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Review of The Nation Across the World: Postcolonial literary representations." by Ed. Harish Trivedi. Economic and Political Weekly vol. 43 May 24-30: 25-27.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Premchand in English." Rev. of Karmabhumi; My Life and Times, by Premchand. Biblio vol. 11 July-August, 2006: 4-5.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Satire, Literary Realism, and the Indian State: Six Acres and a Third and Raag Darbari." Economic and Political Weekly 41. 46 (2006): 4795-4800.

Anjaria, Ulka (with Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria). "Modernity's Split Subject." Rev. of Seven Summers; The Mulk Raj Anand Omnibus; Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern, by Mulk Raj Anand. Biblio vol. 10 November-December 2005: 6-7.

Anjaria, Ulka. "Literature and the Limits of Law: Crime, Guilt and Agency in Premchand's Ghaban." Sarai Reader 05: Bare Acts. New Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2005. 437-443.

Courses Taught

ENG 1a Introduction to Literary Studies
ENG 20a Bollywood: Popular Film, Genre, and Society
ENG 32a 21st-Century Global Fiction: A Basic Course
ENG 40a Coming of Age in Literature
ENG 111b Postcolonial Theory
ENG 127a The Novel in India
ENG 167a Decolonizing Fictions
ENG 200a Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies
ENG 230a Realism
ENG 350a Proseminar
SAS 100a India and Pakistan: Understanding South Asia