Anupama Mohan

Assistant Professor

My areas of specialization are the history of ideas, Indian Ocean Studies, postcolonial theory and literatures, cultural studies, and continental philosophy. My first book (Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures, Palgrave Macmillan 2012) centres on looking at the village as a trope in 20th century literatures of India and Sri Lanka and introduces a new critical model for analyzing the distinct yet connected literary histories of the two nations. Utopia was nominated to the MLA First Book Prize as well as the ICAS Book Prize in 2013, and reviews of the book have appeared in eminent journals in the field. Links provided below.

My second work, an edited volume of articles published in Postcolonial Text in December 2019, is a two-set Special Issue titled "Maritime Transmodernities: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Indian Ocean World." The collection features five original essays on Amitav Ghosh's Ibis Trilogy; on the Java Government Gazette, a 19th century gazette run by the Dutch East India Company between 1812 and 1816; on Zanzibar-born UK writer Abdulrazak Gurnah; on the French writer Nathacha Appanah; and on a neglected 1673 play by John Dryden, Amboina, based on the infamous Amboyna massacre in the 17th century. The issue also features two interviews: one, with leading scholar in the field of Indian Ocean Studies, Isabel Hofmeyr, two, with the 2021 Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, along with two short stories set in the Indian Ocean. Links provided below.

My areas of specialisation include critical theory, Indian Ocean Studies, Marxist theory and world literatures, and my essays have featured in Asian Review of World Histories, University of Toronto Quarterly, Intersections, Economic and Political Weekly, and other international peer-reviewed journals (links below). I was the 2021 Writer-in-Residence at the Samyukta Research Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram.

I am also a poet and short story writer, and my first volume of poetry (Twenty Odd Love Poems) was published by The Writer's Workshop, Kolkata, in 2008. My short stories have featured in print and online journals such as Himal SouthasiaPostcolonial Text, and Cafe Dissensus, among others. 


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