Prof Priyamvada Gopal, Churchill



Biographical Information

Professor of Postcolonial Studies

Research Interests

My primary interests are in colonial and postcolonial studies. I have related interests in the novel,  South Asian literature,  decolonisation, critical race studies 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) and, most recently, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent (Verso, 2020). My work has also appeared in The Hindu, Outlook India, India Today, The Independent, The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Nation (USA). 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

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

South Asian Literature

British Asian and Black British Writing

Empire, Anticolonialism, and Decolonization

Global Humanities

Selected Publications

    • "Of Capitalism and Critique: 'Af-Pak Fiction in the Wake of 9/11" in Alex Tickell(ed) South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, pp 21-36.

    • "Redressing anti-imperial amnesia" in Race and Class, January–March 2016 vol. 57 no. 3, pp.18-30.

    • "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", 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", Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies, Ed. Neil Lazarus, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 139-161
    •  "Amitav Ghosh", World Writers in English, Ed. Jay Parini, New York: Gale, 2004
    • "Sex, Space and Modernity in the Work of Rashid Jahan, 'Angareywali'", 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", ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures 32:3, July 01, 2001, 61-88
    •  'Nationalist thought and the Postcolonial world', Review, Textual Practice Spring 2001, 2001, 173-79
    •  "Dangerous Bodies: Masculinity and Morality in Manto's 'Cold Meat'", 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'", 16 Nos 1-2, 1994