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Professor Singh Publishes Article, Essay

Rashna B. Singh, visiting professor of English and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies at Colorado College, has two new publications. The first is "Teaching World Literatures in English: Inside the US Academy, Outside the Whale," in Ariel: A review of international English literature. Singh also is a contributor to the newly published book "The Critical Imagination in African Literature: Essays in Honor of Michael J. C. Echeruo."

Her article "Teaching World Literatures in English: Inside the US Academy, Outside the Whale," notes that global migration has resulted in a changing student body - and a changing pool of English professors. This new demographic often teaches in a manner that "talks back" to cultural hegemony. How do students in the US academy respond when canonical texts are taught by someone perceived as outside the lineage and not pedigreed to teach the canon? Or when professors teach both canonical and postcolonial texts in their historical and political contexts? The article explores how the clash of cultural, structural, and subject positions can produce a new power and knowledge differential.

Singh also contributed one of the 11 essays in "The Critical Imagination in African Literature," published by Syracuse University Press. Her essay, "In the Vortex of the Expulsion: The Search for an Asian African Imaginary," appears in the first section, which examines African literature and global imaginaries. Singh's essay concerns the literature that emerged as a result of General Idi Amin's expulsion in 1972 of all people of Asian descent in Uganda who did not hold Ugandan citizenship. This ultimately led to all Asians, with very few exceptions, being expelled as many found their citizenship revoked. The essay considers the expulsion as a historical moment that precipitated a search for an Asian African identity and an Asian African imaginary. The editors of this volume explore the driving forces in the literature of Africa and the African diaspora, with contributors examining such themes as migration and exile, trauma and repression, violence and rebellion, and gender and human rights. While varied in modes of inquiry, the essays are unified in their ambition to explore new theoretical directions, reinvigorating the conversation around how African literature is read and studied.

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