• Professor of English
Professor of English, Weis College House Don



Office: KEI313

Fall 2020 Semester 

Office: Keiper 313

  • Zoom meetings by appointment only

  • No office meetings

Courses Taught


India in English, Bollywood Cinema, Introduction to Literary Theory, The Adventure Novel in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts, Introduction to Literature, Food, The Study of Fiction, The Gothic Novel, Nineteenth-Century British Literature.



2010-Present             Professor of English, Franklin & Marshall College

2008-2010                   Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

2001-2008                   Professor of English, Franklin & Marshall College

1999-2002                   Chair, Department of English, Franklin & Marshall College

1994-2001                   Associate Professor of English, Franklin & Marshall College (Tenured 1994)

Spring 1996                Visiting Associate Professor, University of Rome, "La Sapienza"

1989-1994                   Assistant Professor of English, Franklin & Marshall College

1987-1989                   Assistant Professor of English, University of Richmond


Selected Publications



Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader. (compiled and edited with an introduction.) 
New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997. (For sale only in the South Asian market. Issued as a paperback, December 2000.)

Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader. London: Arnold, 1996. (compiled and edited with an introduction.) 4th reprint, 2000.


Baby Looking Out and Other Stories. New Delhi: Yoda Press. 2018.

Pchak, Pchak: A Story of Crocodiles. New Delhi: Young Zubaan. 2008. 



“Contemporary Chick Lit in Indian English.” In Teaching Approaches to South Asian Women’s Writing. Eds. Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi. New York: MLA, 2019. Forthcoming.

“Multan.” In India @ 70: Memories and Histories. Eds. Anjali Gera Roy and Nandi Bhatia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

“Domesticity, Food, and Gender in “Falk.” L’Epoque Conradienne 41 (2017-2018): 99-106.

"Shobhaa De and Indian Pulp Fiction” in A Concise History of the Indian Novel in English. Ed. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. New Delhi: Permanent Black. 2017. 424-435.

"Geography Fabulous: Conrad and Ghosh." In Under Construction: Postcolonial Gateways and Walls. Ed. Janet Wilson and Daria Tunca. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi. 2016. 59-68.

“Eating Out: Conrad, Food, Gender.” L’Epoque Conradienne 40 (2015-2016): 39-48.

"What About Shobhaa De? Indian Pulp Fiction meets Indian Writing in English." in Vernacular Worlds, Cosmopolitan Imaginations. Ed. Stephanos Stephanides et al. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi. 2015. 103-120.

“Speaking American: Popular Indian Fiction in English.” Comparative American Studies 12.1-2 (June 2014): 140-146.

"Geography Fabulous: Conrad and Ghosh." Coldnoon Travel Poetics 3.1 (Summer 2014): 191-201.

“The Emergence of ‘Indian’ Literature in the US Academic and Cultural Landscape.” in Crafting Identities, Remapping Nationalities: The English-Speaking World in the Age of Globalization. London: Cambridge Scholars Publications. 2012. 57-70.

“The Magic of Tara,” in Stories of Magic. New Delhi: Puffin Books. 2011. 

 “The Rescue: Reading Conradians Reading Achebe.” Modern Critical Interpretations:  Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. New ed. New York: Harold Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2008. 104-115.  

 “The Making and Marketing of Arundhati Roy.” In Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. Ed. Alex Tickell. Routledge 2007. 103-109.

 “Sister Hyacinth.” South Asian Review 27.3 (Fall 2007): 156-64.

 “Between Men: Conrad in the Fiction of Two Contemporary Indian Writers.” in Conrad in the 21st Century. Eds. Peter Mallios, Andrea White, and Carola Kaplan. Routledge, 2005. 85-100.           

“Medieval Travel in Postcolonial Times: Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land." in Perspectives on Travel Writing: Borders and Crossings. Eds. Glenn Hooper and Tim Youngs. London: Ashgate Publishing, 2005. 153-166.

"Why I Teach Conrad and Achebe." in Teaching Approaches to Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Eds. Hunt Hawkins and Brian Schaeffer. New York: MLA, 2002.  104-110.

"The Rescue: Conrad, Achebe, and the Critics.” Conradiana 33.2 (Summer 2001): 153-163.

"'Ghosts of the Gothic': Spectral Women and Colonized Spaces in Lord Jim." The Conradian 17.2 (Spring 1993): 1-16.

"Empire, Narrative, and the Feminine in Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness." Contexts for Conrad. Eds. Keith Carabine, Owen Knowles, and Wieslaw Krajka. East European Monographs. Boulder: U of Colorado Press, 1993. 135-150.

"Post-Colonial Identity and Gender Boundaries in Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines." College Literature 19.3, 20.1 (Oct. 1992, Feb. 1993): 225-228.

"Narrative Strategy and Imperialism in Conrad's Lord Jim." Studies in the Novel 24.2 (1992): 173-186.



  • 1987                Ph. D. in English. The Pennsylvania State University
                               "First-Person Narratives as Autobiography: The Case of Charlotte Brontë"

    1981                M. A. in English. Miranda House College, University of Delhi

    1979                B. A. Honors in English. Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi



2002-2003           NEH Fellowship

Summer 2001    NEH Summer Fellowship for College Teachers

1994                           NEH Summer Seminar, University of Pennsylvania. Topic: "Social Change and the                                             Early Modern Novel"

1991                            NEH Summer Seminar, University of Texas at Austin. Topic: "History and                                                                 Literature  of the British Empire"

1987                            Sparks Fellowship Designate, The Pennsylvania State University

1986                            Graduate School Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University

1985-86                    American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

1983-84                    Sparks Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University

1983                            Folger Institute Fellowship to attend the seminar "English Poetic Forms"