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Reshmi Mukherjee

Assistant Professor, Director of M. A. in English

(208) 426-3426

My research and teaching focus on representations of race, gender, sexuality, and subalternity in sub-Saharan, Arab Anglophone, South Asian literature; transnational approaches to studying and teaching diasporic, exilic, testimonio, and refugee narratives; postcolonial theory, transnational feminism, and culture studies. At present, I am working on my book manuscript, Reading Subalternity after Subaltern Studies: Representation, Space, and Agency in the Global South (under preparation), which examines the works of three major women writers – Mahasweta Devi, Bessie Head, and Assia Djebar – to study their retrieval of subaltern agency (speech, action, and consciousness) through what Gayatri Spivak calls “uncoercive rearrangement of subaltern desire.” All three, I contend, have found different ways of identifying the subaltern. Instead of seeking subaltern consciousness in voice, words, and representation, they identify subalternity in bodily affect and the imprints of tertiary spaces on the narrative memories of the willing and unwilling female occupants of harems, hammams, prisons, and refugee camps.


  • Ph.D., Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Phil., Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, India
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, India


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

Recent Publications

  • “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, (Spring 2014): 36-55.
  • “The New Bhadramahila and the Reformed Bhadralok: Reconfiguration of Gender Relations in Rabindranath Tagore’s Streer Patra (The Wife’s Letter) and Ghare Baire (The Home and the World).” (Forthcoming in University of Toronto Quarterly journal).
  • “The Crisis in Teaching Subalternity” in the Conference Proceedings of the First International Conference on Literature, Language and Communication: An Essential Trident (Lucknow: Amity School of Languages, Amity University, January 2015).
  • Review of The Cambridge Introduction to Edward W. Said (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). By Conor McCarthy. “Abecedarium Anthology: The Cambridge Introduction to Edward W. Said” (Boundary 2; February 25 2015).


  • Engl 530/GS 580 (Graduate Seminar) Subalternity, Space, and Agency in Literatures of the Global South
  • Engl 424/ GS 480 Prison Narratives (Special Topics)
  • Engl 398/GS 380 (Honors Symposium): Gender, Biopower, and War
  • ISLE397/597/GS 380 “Other Voices, Alternative Imaginations:” The Ethics of Refugee non-refugee Communication in the 21st century
  • Engl 396/GS 380 Postcolonial Literature: Refugee, Exilic, and Diasporic Experience
  • Engl 395 When Women Write Back
  • Engl 268 Introduction to Modern British Literature  (1900-the present)
  • Engl 216 Literature Without Borders: Cultural Exchange in Transnational Literature
  • Engl 210 The Literary Journey of Thousand and One Nights (Introduction to Literature)

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