As someone born and raised in India in the first generation after independence, I grew up hearing stories about the struggle for freedom. This piqued my interest in the British Empire as well as its aftermath. My two main literary specialties are the literature of Empire and Anglophone postcolonial literatures. I am the author of two books: The Imperishable Empire: British Fiction on India (Three Continents Press) and Goodly is Our Heritage: Children’s Literature, Empire, and the Certitude of Character (Rowman and Littlefield). I am also the author of the following book chapters: “Kipling’s Other Burden: Counter-narrating Empire,” in Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism (Palgrave Macmillan U.K.); “‘The Art of Conversation:’ How the ‘Subaltern’ Speaks in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,” in Things Fall Apart 1958-2008 (Rodopi); and “In the Vortex of the Expulsion: The Search for an Asian African Imaginary,” in The Critical Imagination in African Literature (Syracuse University Press). I have also contributed to Asian American Playwrights: A Biobibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood Press) and to the Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture (ABC-CLIO).
In addition, I have written numerous scholarly articles and have presented conference papers on issues in British colonial and postcolonial literatures, as well as on multicultural and pedagogical issues. In 2003, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant to participate in an Institute on “Representations of the Other: Jews in Medieval Christendom” at Oxford University. In 1998, I was one of two professors in the state awarded the Massachusetts Council for International Education Lectureship. Also in 1998, I served as Keynote Speaker at the Rhode Island College Dialogue on Diversity in 1997.
I have a son and a daughter who are both Colorado College graduates (Class of 2002 and Class of 2005 respectively), and they really enjoyed their time studying here, as I enjoy my time teaching here. While they were students at CC we lived in Massachusetts; my husband and I moved to Colorado Springs in 2003 for work related reasons, though I still regard Amherst, MA as my hometown in the United States. I began teaching at CC in 2004.
At Colorado College I teach courses on the literature of Empire and various Anglophone postcolonial literatures. This year I am teaching EN 380: Hearts of Darkness: The Conrad Variations in Block 1; EN 280: Literature of the Indian Ocean World in Block 2; EN 280: African Literatures in Block 5; EN 380: Asian American Literature: Memory and Migration in Block 6 and EN 280: ''Head for the Hills:" The Cult of the British Indian Hill Station (off campus in India) in Block 8.
PhD. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.A. Mount Holyoke College
B.A. (Hons.) University of Calcutta
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