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Society must be Led: the Vanguard and its Dilemmas in some Post-Independence Indian Novels in India

Talk by Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Global Distinguished Professor of English, New York University.

Monday, January 07, 2008
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan was educated in Bombay and Washington DC. She taught for many years in India before moving to the U.K. where she was most recently Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College and Reader in the English faculty at the University of Oxford. Dr. Sunder Rajan has been a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi, and she was Shansi Visiting Professor at Oberlin College, Ohio.           

Dr. Sunder Rajan’s work spans debates about the relationship between gender, post-colonialism and culture in the context of post-Independence Indian nationalism. Widely considered to be significant critical interventions, Dr. Sunder Rajan’s writings (Real and Imagined Women, 1993, and Scandal of the State, 2003) have re-defined the terrain of postcolonial feminist studies, and have been widely used in a variety of intellectual contexts. Her co-authored essay, “Shahbano,” which first appeared in Signs (1989), has been widely anthologized, and also titled “The Subject of Sati” (Yale Journal of Criticism, 1990). Additionally, Dr. Sunder Rajan works on British nineteenth-century literature and Anglophone postcolonial literature. An early edited volume, The Lie of the Land (Oxford University Press, 1992), was influential in opening up the field of post-Independence English studies in India to renewed examination.


Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies

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