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Professor Priya Gopal 

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Professor Priya Gopal is a Professorial Fellow at Churchill.

Professor Gopal supervises and teaches undergraduates at Churchill College in the areas of Literary Criticism, Modern Tragedy, Nineteenth-century and Modern British literature, as well as Postcolonial and Related Literatures.

Biographical Information:
• BA University of Delhi (1989)
• MA Jawaharlal Nehru University (1991)
• PhD Cornell University (2000)

Research Interests:
My primary interests are in colonial and postcolonial literatures. I have related interests in British and American literatures; the novel; translation; gender and feminism; Marxism and critical theory; and the politics and cultures of empire and globalisation.

Published work includes:
• ‘Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence’ (Routledge, 2005)• • ‘After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies’ (Special issue of New Formations co-edited with Neil Lazarus)
• ‘The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration’ (Oxford University Press, 2009).

I am currently at work on a project called ‘Half the Story: Anti-Colonialism in the Making of Britain,’ which is funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and will be on sabbatical leave until October 2014.

My work has also appeared in The Hindu, Outlook India, India Today, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Statesman and The Guardian and I’ve contributed occasionally to the BBC’s Start the Week and Newsnight as well as programmes on NDTV (India), Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Areas of Graduate Supervision:
• All of the above areas and related topics.
• Contributes to teaching and/or supervision for the American MPhil and the MPhil in Criticism and Culture.

Selected Publications:
• ‘The Limits of Hybridity: Language and Innovation in Anglophone Postcolonial Poetry’ in ‘The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature’, Routledge, 2012
• ‘The Indian English Novel: Nation, History and Narration’, Oxford University Press (2009)
• “The ‘Moral Empire’: Africa, Globalisation and the Politics of Conscience”, in ‘New Formations: a Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, ed. Priyamvada Gopal and Neil Lazarus 59’, 2006, 81-97
• ‘Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence’, Routledge, 2005, 173
• “Reading Subaltern History”, in ‘Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies’, Ed. Neil Lazarus, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 139-161
• “Amitav Ghosh”, in ‘World Writers in English’, Ed. Jay Parini, New York: Gale, 2004
• “Sex, Space and Modernity in the Work of Rashid Jahan, Angareywali”, in ‘Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonialism’, Cambridge University Press, 2002, 150-66
• “Frantz Fanon, Feminisim and the Question of Relativism”, ‘New Formations’ 47 (Summer 2002), 2002, 38-43
• “Curious Ironies: Matter and Meaning in Bhabani Bhattacharya’s Novel of the 1943 Bengal Famine”, in ‘ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures 32:3, July 01’, 2001, 61-88
• “Nationalist thought and the Postcolonial world”, Review, in ‘Textual Practice Spring 2001’, 2001, 173-79
• “Dangerous Bodies: Masculinity and Morality in Manto’s ‘Cold Meat'”, in ‘The Partitions of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India’, Permanent Black Press and Indiana University Press, 2001, 242-268
• “Women Writing in India”, in ’16 Nos 1-2′, 1994

College Positions

Tutor - English

01 October 2001 – Present


01 October 2006 – 30 September 2010