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Reshmi Mukherjee

Associate Professor, Director of M.A. in English Reshmi Mukherjee faculty photo

(208) 426-3426 | LA-266

Reshmi Mukherjee’s research and teaching focus on the politics of writings about Race, Gender, Sexuality, Culture, and Human Rights issues in 20th and 21st century British, Postcolonial, and Anglophone literature of the Global South (South Asia and Africa). She is also interested in reading literature as history and therefore specializes in testimonio, exilic, diasporic, and refugee narratives. At present she is working on her book monograph about narratives about the global south in Europe and North America and the representation of complex and contemporary cultures and politics in a multipolar world of globalized modernity.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M. Phil. Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University
  • M.A.  Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
  • B.A.   Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University


Global Anglophone and Francophone literature of South Asia and Africa, gender studies, postcolonial theory, biopolitics, refugee studies

Recent Publications

Chapter in Edited Collection

  • “Imagination and Gender: Shahrnush Parsipur’s Women Without Men.” Imagination and Art, edited by Keith Moser and Ananta Shukla, Brill Academic (July, 2020).


  •  “Spaces of Resistance in Assia Djebar’s A Sister to Scheherazade (Ombre sultane) and Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement).” Research in African Literatures Journal, (forthcoming 2021).
  • Threads: From the Refugee Crisis: Creative Nonfiction and Critical Pedagogy.” Assay: A Journal Of Nonfiction Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 (March 2019)
  • “The New Bhadramahila and the Reformed Bhadralok: Reconfiguration of Gender Relations in Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘The Wife’s Letter’ (‘Streer Patra’) and The Home and the World (Ghare Baire).” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 65-84. (2017)
  • “Living in Subalternity: The Becoming of the Subaltern in Bessie Head’s A Woman Alone, A Gesture of Belonging, and When Rain Clouds Gather.” Journal of the African Literature Association, vol. 7, no. 2, 2014, pp. 36-55. Republished in April 2016.
  • “The Crisis in Teaching Subalternity.” Conference Proceedings of the First International Conference on ​Literature, Language and Communication: An Essential Trident. Lucknow, India (January 2015).

Book Reviews

  • The Postcolonial World, edited by Jyotsna Singh and David Kim. South Asian Review, vol. 40, nos. 1-2, 2019, pp. 129-131,

Other Research and Creative Activities

  • “A True Renaissance Man.” Ananta Shukla As I Know Him. Edited by Urmishree Bedamatta,  Brahmi Academic Publishing, 2018, pp. 58-62 (Festschrift).


  • ENGL 550: Body Politics
  • ENGL 530: Literature and Politics
  • ENGL 530: Studies in a Literary Period: Empathy without Pity
  • ENGL 530: Studies in a Literary Period: Space, Subalternity, & Agency in Postcolonial Studies
  • ENGL 424: Advanced Topics in Literature: Prison Narratives
  • ENGL 398: Gender, Biopower, and War (Honors)
  • ENGL 396: Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 395: Women Writers
  • ENGL 393: Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENGL 268: Survey of British Literature 1790-Present
  • ENGL 216: Literatures of Global Consciousness
  • GS 301: Feminist Theory
  • GS 200: Introduction to Gender Studies