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Teaching and Research Interests:
  • Postcolonial and world literatures
  • The novel
  • Critical theory
  • Globalization
Selected Publications:
  • V. S. Naipaul’s Journeys: From Periphery to Center (Columbia University Press, 2020)
  • “V. S. Naipaul: Connecting His Past to Those of Other Postcolonial Peoples,” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Edited by Ken Seigneurie et al., 2020.
  • Book: Reading the Global: Troubling Perspectives on Britain’s Empire in Asia. New York: Columbia University Press. 2007.
Selected articles
  • Review essay of Lynn Hollen Lees, Planting Empire, Cultivating Subjects: Malaya 1786-1941 (Victorian Studies 61:4, Summer 2019)
  • “Reading Globalization from the Margin.” Representations.  Summer 2007.
  • “Formative Dislocation in V. S. Naipaul’s The Enigma of Arrival,” Modern Fiction Studies. Special Issue: Modernist Life Narratives–Bildungsroman, Biography, Autobiography. Guest edited by John Paul Riquelme. 59:3 (Fall 2013).
  • “Edward Said, Mamdani, V. S. Naipaul: Rethinking Postcolonial Studies,” Modern Fiction Studies. Special Issue: Modern Fiction and Politics. Guest edited by R. Radhakrishnan. 58:4 (Winter 2012).
  • “V. S. Naipaul and Historical Derangement,” Modern Language Quarterly. Special Issue on Peripheral Realisms. Guest edited by Joseph Cleary, Jed Esty, and Colleen Lye. Afterword by Fredric Jameson. 73:3. (September 2012).
  • “History and the Work of Literature in the Periphery.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 42:3. Special Issue: Theories of the Novel Now. (Fall 2009).
  • “The Place of India in Postcolonial Studies: Chatterjee, Chakrabarty, Spivak.” New Literary History. Special Issue: India and the West. Edited by Ralph Cohen and R. S. Khare. 40:2. (Spring 2009).
  • “Reading Globalization from the Margin.” Representations. Summer 2007.
  • “Opium and Empire: The Transports of Thomas De Quincey.” boundary 2. Summer 2006.
  • “Seeing the Animal: Colonial Space and Movement in Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. Summer 2004.
  • Honors, Grants, and Awards
    • National Humanities Center, 2012-2013
    • Center for Humanities Research, UWC, South Africa, 2011