Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Asha Vardharajan

Asha Varadharajan

Associate Professor

PhD Saskatchewan 

  • 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
  • Website / CV


2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 421 002-5/3.0 Topics in Renaissance Literature I – Shakespeare & Film: Celluloid Shakespeare
  • ENGL 877 Topics in Postcolonial Literatures II: Creole Dreams Syncretic Vision

Recent Publications

“Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me”: Rethinking the Humanities in (Times of) Crisis.” With Jeremy De Chavez. Special Issue of Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies. Guest Editor Pier Paolo Frassinelli. 2019.

“Straight from the Heart”: A Pedagogy for the Vanquished of History.” Decolonisation and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning. Eds. Sara de Jong, Rosalba Icaza, and Olivia Rutazibwa. London: Routledge, 2018.

“‘ideas with broken wings’: Critical Theory and postcolonial theory.” The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory. 3 vols. Eds. Beverley Best, Neil Larsen, Werner Bonefeld and Chris O’Kane. London: Sage Publishing, 2018. 1398-1416.

“How to Kick Ass when Life’s a Bitch”: A Human Rights Bulletin from India.” The Social Work of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary. Eds. Gareth Griffiths and Philip Mead. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2018. 139-161.

“‘The world is spoilt in the white man’s time’: Imagining Postcolonial Temporalities.” With Tim Wyman-McCarthy. After Colonial Governmentality: Biopolitics and Memory in the Postcolony. Ed. Michael Griffiths. Ashgate Press, 2016. 103-121.

“‘half sick of shadows’: Figure and Ground in Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s Imagination of the Subaltern.” Cultural Studies 30.4 (2016): 730-753. Special Issue, Relocating Subalternity: Scattered Speculations on the Conundrum of a Concept. Eds. Sara de Jong and Jamila Mascat.

“Edward Said and the (Mis)fortunes of the Public Intellectual.” College Literature. 40.4 (Fall 2013): 52-74. Special Issue, Edward Said: Beginning Again. Ed. Conor D. McCarthy.

“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. Special Issue, Canadian Literature and the Politics of Representation and Empathy: Writing the Foreign in Canadian Literature and Humanitarian Narrative. Guest Editor, Smaro Kamboureli.

“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. Feature section, Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy?

“Afterword: The Phenomenology of Violence and the Politics of Becoming.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 28.1 (2008): 124-141. Special Issue.  Eds. Nouri Gana and Heike Harting.

Current Supervisions

Robyn Carruthers, Amelia Labenski (about students)