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Aparajita Nanda

Aparajita Nanda

Aparajita Nanda


E: aparananda@berkeley.edu


Aparajita Nanda received her Ph.D from Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Aparajita Nanda is a recipient of a Visiting Associate Professorship to the Departments of English and African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley and a Fulbright Faculty Teaching Scholarship awardee. Nanda has taught at Jadavpur University, India and now teaches at UC Berkeley. She is also Associate Managing Editor of JTAS (Journal of Transnational American Studies). The journal is sponsored by Stanford University’s Program in American Studies and UC Santa Barbara’s American Cultures and Global Contexts Center.

Her publications include the following,


  • Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries of a Global Age, Ed. Aparajita Nanda, New York: Routledge(2014).
  • The Strangled Cry: The Communication and Experience of Trauma, ed. Aparajita Nanda, Oxford, UK :Interdisciplinary Press (2013).
  • Black California, ed. Aparajita Nanda. Berkeley: Heyday (2011).
  • Romancing the Strange: The Fiction of Kunal Basu, eds. Aparajita Nanda et al. Kolkata: Avantgarde Press (2004).


  • “Black Frontier” Cambridge History of California Literature, ed Blake Allmendinger, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming ).
  • “Of a ‘Voice’ and ‘Bodies’: A Post-colonial critique of Meena Alexander’s Nampally Road’”. Bodies and Voices. Eds. Martin Leer et al. Amsterdam &New York: Rodopi Press, 2008.
  • “Identity Politics and the Voice of Autobiography in Sky Lee’s Disappearing Moon Café”. Fiction and Autobiography: Modes and Models of Interaction. Eds Sabine Coelsch-Foisner & Wolfgang Gortschacher. Vol.3 Peter Lang &University of Salzburg Publication, 2006.
  • “Colonialism in Post-Colonialism: A Study of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks”. Literary Space: Changing Responses. Eds.Monojit Choudhuri. University of Burdwan, 2000.
  • “From Immigrant Uncertainty to Positive Identity: A Course traversed in the Poems of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sharmili Mazumdar, Meena Alexander and Purvi Shah”. Asian-American Writing. Ed. Somdatta Mandal. Vol III. Prestige Publications, 2000.
  • “The Devil’s Own Sin: Lucifera and Orgoglio in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene”. Writing Over: Medieval to Renaissance. Eds. Sukanta Chaudhuri & Supriya Chaudhuri. Allied Publishers, 1996.
  •      “The Absent Presence and the Art of Autobiography in Barack Obama’s Dreams From My FatherSoderton University English Series, Stockholm: Soderton University Press Publication, 2015 (forthcoming).
  • “Teaching Octavia Butler in a course on Colonialism and Science Fiction” Teaching Octavia Butler in the Academy. Ed Tarshia Stanley. New York: MLA Publication, (forthcoming).
  • “Zora Neale Hurston” Encyclopedia of African American Culture. Ed Gerald Early. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press (forthcoming).
  • “Black LA based Novelists” Oxford African American Studies, Editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates, Oxford University Press, (forthcoming).
  • “Trinh Minh-ha’s Tale of Love: A Narrative of Resistance, Literature and Language of Resistance, (tentative title) Cairo, Egypt: University of Cairo (forthcoming).
  •    “Writing the Self in ‘Heterotopic’ Spaces: Reading Nawal Sadaawi’s Woman at Point ZeroFrom the Cradle to the Grave Life-Course Models in Literary Genres. Eds. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner & Sarah Herbe. UP of Heidelberg, 2011.
  •   “The Battle Rages On: The Psychomachia and The Faerie Queene, Book I. Renaissance Essays. Ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri. Oxford University Press, 1995.



  • “Power, Politics, and Domestic Desire in Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s BroodCallaloo Vol 36 no.3 (Summer 2013) .
  •  “Re-writing the Bhabhian “Mimic Man”: Akin, the Post Human Other in Butler’s Adulthood RitesARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Vol 41, 2010.
  • “Convergence or Divergence: Post-colonial critique of Asian-American diasporic poetry”, UGC publication, Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta, 2002.
  • ‘Sociology of the Best Seller: A Look at Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies’, United States Information Services Publications, 2001.
  • “Hemingway’s Search for Identity – from The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom The Bell Tolls to The Garden of Eden,” West Bengal Government English Fortnightly, Vol XLI- 23 Dec.16, 1999.
  • “Gender Crisis, Androgyny and the Length of Hair: A Look at For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast and The Garden of Eden,” Hemingway Centennial Tribute, Journal of the Department of English Rabindra Bharati University, Vol. V, 1998-99.
  • “Two Voices, Two Cultures : Black American and Indian Revolutionary Poetry,” United States Information Services Publications, 1998.