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Sangeeta Ray

Sangeeta Ray profile

Professor, English

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Research Expertise

African American/African Diaspora
Comparative Literature
Postcolonialism

Curriculum Vitae

Sangeeta Ray received her PhD from the University of Washington. She is professor of English and Comparative Literature. She teaches anglophone postcolonial and world literature, US minority literature and environmental literature. She is currently interested in postcolonial reading practices and the relationship between aesthetics, ethics and politics in literature from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. She is also interested in genre and form. She has published two books, Engendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives (Duke UP 2000) and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: In other Words (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). She has co-edited the Companion To Postcolonial Studies (Blackwell, 2000) and the 3 volume Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Her book, Form Fitted: Postcolonial Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics is forthcoming. She has published widely in key journals, given many talks nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of several grants and serves on the editorial boards of important journals in the field. She has served as President of a few divisions in the MLA, has been the President of the Cultural Studies Association and currently is serving a second term on the supervisory Board of the English Institute. She is President of ACLA and is currently chairing the MLA Russsell Lowe Prize committee. At the University she has, in the past, been the Director of the Asian American Studies Certificate Program, Director of the Cultures of the Americas, College Park Scholars Program as well as the Director of Graduate Studies in the English department. For further information please click on the link to the CV.

Sangeeta Ray is currently working on a book tentatively titled South Asian "Refugee" Fiction and Film:  The Poetics and Aesthetics of Suffering.

Research Expertise

Postcolonial
Black Diaspora
Multi-ethnic Literature
Comparative literature
Anglophone world literature

Publications

South Asian "Refugee" Fiction and Film: The Poetics and Aesthetics of Suffering

In progress.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

South Asian "Refugee" Fiction and Film:  The Poetics and Aesthetics of Suffering.

In progress.

Form Fitted: Postcolonial Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics

Forthcoming.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

Form Fitted: Postcolonial Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics.

Forthcoming.

“Bombs and Bomb Makers: Realism, The Association of Small Bombs and the post-9/11 novel”

From Studies in the Novel

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

Forthcoming, special issue on Post-9 11 fiction, June 2021. 

The English Institute Conference on “Truth Telling"

Special Issue of ELH

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

Coeditor, Special Issue of ELH, The English Institute Conference on “Truth Telling.”  87:2 (2020).

“Postcolonially Speaking?"

A trenchant critique of Post Critique Methodologies. Special Issue on “What Is and Isn’t Changing” From MLQ (Modern Language Quarterly).

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

Has postcolonial literary criticism been affected by the postcritical antihistoricist turn? The short answer is no. It is hard to imagine what an antihistoricist postcolonial literary criticism might look like, since any investment in the term postcolonial assumes a simultaneous commitment to history and politics. While the term from its inception has been subject to criticism, it continues to hold its own despite more recent terms like global and world. While they may signal a post-postcolonial turn, a term initially used by Erin O’Connor (2003) to critique postcolonial analyses of Victorian novels, the use of and engagement with the postcolonial still provide a methodological challenge to modes of criticism advanced under the global and the world. Postcolonial literary criticism remains attuned to questions of aesthetics and ethics.

Find the Volume 81 Issue 4 here

“Introduction to ‘Truth Telling'"

From ELH

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

“Introduction to ‘Truth Telling,’” ELH,  87: 2 (2020) 293-299.

“Captivating Genres"

This essay is part of a symposium on Yogita Goyal’s Runaway Genres.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:

From Humanity Journal. Read the essay here

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: In Other Words

This book introduces and discusses the works of leading feminist postcolonialist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, by exploring the key concepts and themes to emerge from them.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:
  • The book focuses on the key themes to emerge from Spivak’s work, such as ethics, literature, feminism, pedagogy, postcoloniality, violence, and war.
  • Assesses Spivak’s often contentious relationship with feminist and postcolonial studies
  • Considers the significance of her work for other fields, such as ethnography, history, cultural studies and philosophy.

Companion to Postcolonial Studies

This volume examines the tumultuous changes that have occurred and are still occurring in the aftermath of European colonization of the globe from 1492 to 1947.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:
  • Ranges widely over the major themes, regions, theories and practices of postcolonial study
  • Presents original essays by the leading proponents of postcolonial study in the Americas, Europe, India, Africa, East and West Asia
  • Provides clear introductions to the major social and political movements underlying colonization and decolonization, accessible histories of the literature and culture, and separate regions affected by European colonization
  • Features introductory essays on the major thinkers and intellectual schools that have informed strategies of national liberation worldwide
  • Offers an incisive summary of the long history and theory of modern European colonization in local detail and global scale

Oxford: Blackwell, 2000 (paperback 2004).

Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies

Brings together the most wide-ranging and up-to-date scholarship ever assembled on the colonial, postcolonial and neo-colonial condition, covering the period from 1492 to the present.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:
Comprises nearly 400 authoritative yet accessible entries on canonical writers, key texts, genres, literary debates, colonized regions, and related terminology

En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives

En-Gendering India offers an innovative interpretation of the role that gender played in defining the Indian state during both the colonial and postcolonial eras.

English

Lead: Sangeeta Ray
Dates:
Focusing on both British and Indian literary texts—primarily novels—produced between 1857 and 1947, Sangeeta Ray examines representations of "native" Indian women and shows how these representations were deployed to advance notions of Indian self-rule as well as to defend British imperialism.