I'm an assistant professor in postcolonial studies and world literatures in English and in translation with an emphasis on South Asia, Ireland and Palestine. My research lies at the intersection of cultural & literary studies and ethno-religious-national conflict & peace studies in the 20th and 21st centuries. In my study of Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Asia I am interested in exploring border poetics and border aesthetics in a comparative framework. My current book project on these three regions takes up aspects of critical border studies and geocriticism to examine how literary and cinematic mediations of 20th century partitions map spaces of conflict and their legacies.
I'm also working on a project called Locating Kurdish Culture in Canada that studies cultural identity in exile. I have previously published on topics including the railway in Indian literary imagination; narratology and the Partition of Bengal; South Asian Irish cultural production; Bengali and Bangladeshi resistance writing; the militant body in Northern Ireland and Palestine; and the anxiety of post-partition Irishness.
Supervisory and Research Interests
Postcolonial and comparative literatures; South Asian literatures and cultures; Irish literature and culture; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Palestinian writing; war, (post-)conflict and partition studies; literature and religion; spatial literary studies and theory; critical border studies.
Recent and upcoming courses include:
ENGL 103 Case Studies in Research: Language Politics in Irish Literature
ENGL 150 Intro to English Studies: Narratives of Migration
ENGL 210 Conflict and Literature
ENGL 222 Reading Race and Ethnicity
ENGL 305 Topics in Literature and Religion
ENGL 315 South Asian Literatures in English
ENGL 367 Contemporary Literature and Culture
ENGL 426 The Short Story in South Asia
ENGL 481 Borders, Lines and Walls
ENGL 569 Borders as Methodologies
An introduction to studies in the discipline recommended for students considering a major, minor, or Honors degree in English. Students will be introduced to a variety of methodological approaches while learning about current topics in literary, cultural and media studies, with special attention to race, Indigeneity, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. NOTE: Credit does not fulfill Arts' common English requirement. (See Course Listing notes for ENGL courses.) Restricted to students registered in the Faculty of Arts.Fall Term 2021
An introduction to dynamics of race and ethnicity in literary and other cultural texts, and to the critical concepts and methods key to their study. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101.Winter Term 2022
Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102. Note: variable content course which may be repeated if topics vary.Fall Term 2021