Professor of English
Director, Mandel Center for the Humanities
PhD, Stanford University
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South Asian literatures and film; postcolonial literature and theory; the global novel; interdisciplinary approaches; literary theory.
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Indian Literatures (co-edited with Anjali Nerlekar). Forthcoming, 2024.
Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema. Routledge, 2021.
Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture. Temple University Press, 2019.
A History of the Indian Novel in English. Ed. Ulka Anjaria. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Realism in the 20th-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Articles for a General Readership
- "India's Fans and India's Future," Public Books, April 3, 2020.
- "Fifty years later, Shrilal Shukla's Raag Darbari is being reborn as modern Indian literature." Scroll, March 3, 2018.
- "The Goddess of Loss: Indian Literature in English After Arundhati Roy." Boston Review, Feb. 9, 2017.
- "Lady Lolita's Lover Shows Us There Can Be No Great Indian Novel Right Now." Scroll, Jan. 30, 2016.
- "English Vinglish." The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Aug.22, 2015.
- "Indian Fiction: Why the English vs. Bhasha Debate No Longer Makes Sense." Scroll, Aug. 15, 2015.
- "Amitav Ghosh and Aravind Adiga: Two Ways to Write English in India." Scroll, Aug. 9, 2015.
- "Reading Chetan Bhagat in Dhaka." Scroll, July 25, 2015.
- "'A True Lahori': Mohsin Hamid and the Problem of Place in Pakistani Fiction." Economic and Political Weekly, 48.25, 2013.
Selected Scholarly Articles
- Introduction to a special section of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 43(2), “Mazaa: Rethinking Fun, Pleasure and Play in South Asia,” guest edited by Ulka Anjaria and Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria.
- “Queering the Indian Novel.” Wasafiri 34.2(2019): 26-32.
- “Global Pakistan in the Wake of 9/11.” The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing. Eds. Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam. London: Routledge, 2018. 49-57.
- "Amitabh Bachchan in Deewaar." Close Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Vol. 2 (International). Eds. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
- "21st-Century Realism." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. July 2017.
- "Madhur Bhandarkar and the New Bollywood Social." Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directions and Their Cinema. Eds. Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan and Vimal Mohan John. New Delhi: Sage, 2017. 272-287.
- "The Realist Impulse and the Future of Postcoloniality." NOVEL: A Forum in Fiction, 49.2(2016): 278-294.
- "Introduction: Literary Pasts, Presents, and Futures." A History of the Indian Novel in English. Ed. Ulka Anjaria. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 1-30.
- "Chetan Bhagat and the New Provincialism." American Book Review, September-October (2015): 6-22.
- "Realist Hieroglyphics: Aravind Adiga and the New Social Novel." Modern Fiction Studies, 61.1(Spring 2015): 112-135.
- "The Fractured Spaces of Entrepreneurialism in Post-Liberalization India" (co-authored with Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria). Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India: Studies of Youth, Class, Work and Media. Ed. Nandini Gooptu. London: Routledge, 2013. 190-205.
- "Slumdog Millionaire and Epistemologies of the City" (co-authored with Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria). The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Ajay Gehlawat. London: Anthem, 2013. 53-68.
- "'Relationships Which Have No Name:' Family and Sexuality in 1970s Popular Film." Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 12.1(2012): 23-35.
- "'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.
- "Staging Realism and the Ambivalence of Nationalism in the Colonial Novel." NOVEL: A Forum for Fiction. 44.2(2011): 186-207.''
- "Text, Genre, Society: Hindi Youth Films and Postcolonial Desire" (co-authored with Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria). Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, 6.2 (2008): 125-140.
- "On Beauty and Being Postcolonial: Aesthetics and form in Zadie Smith." Zadie Smith: Critical Essays. Ed., Tracey Lorraine Walters. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
- "Satire, Literary Realism, and the Indian State: Six Acres and a Third and Raag Darbari." Economic and Political Weekly, 41.46(2006): 4795-4800.
Recent Book Reviews
- “Dystopian Realities.” Review of " Nacohus" by Purushottam Agrawal. The Book Review, May 14, 2019
- "Indian Queer Futures." Review of "Murder in Mahim" by Jerry Pinto and Mohanaswamy by Vasundhendra. Public Books, Feb. 2, 2018.
- "Great Aspirations." Review of "One Indian Girl" by Chetan Bhagat. Public Books, July 31, 2017.
- Review of "Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time" by Susan Stanford Friedman. Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World. Oct. 11, 2016.
- "India's First Bollywood Film." Review of "Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation" by William Elison, Christian Lee Novestzke, and Andy Rotman. Biblio: A Review of Books. 21.4 (April 2016).
- "Pakistan's Place in World Literature." Review of Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi's "Mirages of the Mind." Public Books, March 15, 2016.
- Mellon Foundation grant on behalf of Brandeis Univesrity for "Re-envisioning the Role of the Humanities Center in the 21st-Century University," 2022
- Provost's Teaching Innovation Grant for "Pedagogies of Anti-Blackness in Literary Studies"
- Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award, 2021
- Mandel Faculty Grant in the Humanities, 2018
- ACLS/Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, 2014
- Visiting Fellowship, Delhi University, 2014
Selected Courses Taught
- Indian Love Stories (ENG 152a)
- Bollywood (ENG 20a)
- 21st-Century Global Fiction: A Basic Course (ENG 32a)
- Decolonizing Fictions (ENG 167a)