Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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Asha Vardharajan

 

Asha Varadharajan

Associate Professor

PhD Saskatchewan, Website

613-533-6000, ext. 74420
varadhar@queensu.ca

Office: Watson Hall, Room 433
Office Hours: Mon. 4 - 5:30 pm

 

2017-18 Courses

  • ENGL 290-003/3.0 Seminar in Literary Interpretation – "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue": Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
  • ENGL 223-700/3.0 Selected Women Writers Post-1900
  • ENGL 476 001-1/3.0 Topics in Postcolonial Literatures I – Terra Australis: An Introduction to Australian Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 817 Publishing Practicum

Research Interests

  • postcolonial literatures and studies in globalization and culture
  • literary theory (Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism and psychoanalysis)
  • cultural studies
  • critical race theories and multiculturalism
  • Adorno and the Frankfurt School
  • violence
  • civil society
  • the bio-politics of citizenship

Recent Publications

“‘The world is spoilt in the white man’s time’: Imagining Postcolonial Temporalities.” Co-authored essay with Tim Wyman-McCarthy. In After Colonial Governmentality: Biopolitics and Memory in the Postcolony. Ed. Michael Griffiths. Ashgate Press, 2016.

“Subjectivity.” Intercultural Discourse - Key and Contested Concepts. Eds. Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Gita Dharampal-Frick, and Minou Friele (Hg.). Verlag Karl Alber, 2012. 112-121.

“‘The Wordshop of the Kitchen’: Impressions of Austin Clarke and Paule Marshall.” The Puritan (Spring 2017). http://puritan-magazine.com/membering-austin-clarke-puritan-special-issue/

“‘half sick of shadows’: Figure and Ground in Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s Imagination of the Subaltern.” Cultural Studies 30.4 (2016): 730-753.

“Edward Said and the (Mis)fortunes of the Public Intellectual.” College Literature. 40.4 (Fall 2013): 52-74.

“Michael Ignatieff, Romeo Dallaire, Stephen Lewis, and the Making(s) of a Canadian Global Conscience.” University of Toronto Quarterly. 82.2 (Spring 2013): 352-374.

Scholarly Tribute to Helen Tiffin in Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing & Culture. 34.2 (2012): 215-25.

“Between Securocratic Historiography and the Diasporic Imaginary: Framing the Transnational Violence of Air India Flight 182.” With Raji Singh Soni. TOPIA: Journal of Canadian and Cultural Studies 27 (Spring 2012): 177-195.

Current Supervisions

Robyn Carruthers