Curriculum vitae manisha basu assistant Professor of English and African Studies



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CURRICULUM VITAE

MANISHA BASU
Assistant Professor of English and African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Editor, boundary 2: an International Journal of Literature and Culture
Editorial Board: Rodopi Press, Dialogue Series
Address Preferred Contact

Department of English Manisha Basu

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 803 Fairway Drive

608 S. Wright Street Champaign, IL 61820

Urbana, IL – 61801 Cellular: 412-352-1905

Phone: 217-333-2390 Home: 217-355-8174

Fax: 217-333-4321 E-mail: mbasu@illinois.edu
Education
Ph.D. in English, University of Pittsburgh. April 2008
M. A. in English, University of Pittsburgh. 2002
M. A. in English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. 1997

B. A. in English, Presidency College, Calcutta, India. 1995



Book Projects in Development
The Rhetoric of Hindu India: Literature and Religion in the Age of Globalization. A genealogical study of contemporary Hindu nationalism in India, this book demonstrates how as a specific technology of language, a new, metropolitan, and largely Anglophone version of cultural Hinduness intersects advantageously with globalization and thereby, with some of the most transformative shifts in postcolonialism as literary, political, and cultural self-representation.



A Land of One’s Own: Literatures of Partition in India and Nigeria. A comparatist literary study of how the partition of British India on religio-ethnic grounds (1947) is resonant with the colonialist negotiation of Islam in Nigeria, and the short-lived division of Nigeria into Nigeria and the Republic of Biafra between 1967 and 1970. The literature surrounding the contemporary situation of tensile relations between India and Pakistan and the continuing violence between religio-ethnic groups in Nigeria is a point of departure for this study.

Essays
“A Matter of Light and Shade: Loving and Living in R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi” under consideration in Boundary 2. Durham: Duke University Press.
“The Play of Living Creation: Time and Finitude in Tagore’s Humanism” forthcoming in Comparative Literature, Spring 2013. Durham: Duke University Press.
“The Stuff that Realisms are Made on: R.K. Narayan’s Painter of Signs”in South Asian Review. Volume 32.1. Volume 32.1 (2012): pp. 213-228

Invited essay on the basis of accepted abstract. “A Battle of the Books: Linguistic Antagonisms and the Crisis of Postcolonial Secularism” Completed essay under review in The Comparatist (special issue on “Antagonisms” ed. Zahi Zalloua)

“Loving and Leaving: The Ethics of Postcolonial Pain in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus” under consideration in Ariel: An Review of International English Literature
“Postcoloniality and the Language of Metro-polar Globalization.” Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies, Volume2, April (2010): pp. 107-123
Review article. Banerjee, Sukanya. Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late Victorian Empire (Duke UP: 2010). Modern Fiction Studies, Vol 57.4. pp. 786-789.
Rang de Basanti: The Solvent Brown and other Imperial Colors.” In Bollywood, Nation, Diaspora: Indian Cinema in the Era of Globalization.” London: Anthem Press, January (2010): pp. 93-110.
Review article. “The Hamartia of Light and Shade: Susan Sontag in the Digital Age.” PostModern Culture (Online). 16.3, 2006. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/postmodern_culture. 11 paragraphs. Print.
“Aiming the Canon: National Emergency and the Errant Courses of the Literary.” Theory &

Event (Online). 8.1, 2005. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event. 23 paragraphs. Print.

Essays in Development
Invited essay. “Partitioned Selves: Love and Hijrat in Amrita Pritam’s Pinjar” for collection entitled, The Other India: Terror, Communalism, and Violence. Ed. Om Dwivedi.

Select Conference and Invited Talks
“The Arts of Living in R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi at the boundary 2 semi-annual conference, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2012.

Chair, “Realisms in Activist Literatures” at South Asian Literary Association Conference, Los Angeles, January 2011.


“The Stuff that Realisms are Made on: Global English and R.K. Narayan’s Painter of Signs” at South Asian Literary Association Conference, Los Angeles, January 2011.
“Breaking the Gods: African Postcolonialisms in the Age of Globalizaton” at the African Institute for Educators, June 27-30, 2010, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Chair for “Geographies for North Indian Vernaculars: The Hindi-Urdu-Brajbhasa Divide” at the Modern Language Association Conference, San Francisco, December 2008.
Respondent for Eva Illouz’s Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism at The Unit for Criticism and Theory “Author’s Roundtable with Eva Illouz”, November 2008, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
“A Prosaic Partnership: Anglophone Hinduness and the Dharma of Democracy,” English Department, University of Nevada, Reno, February 2007.
“Gentlemen Prefer Dharma: The Prose of Metropolitan Hinduness.” English Department, University of California at Los Angeles, January 2007.
“A Godless Textuality: Tagore’s Notes on Secular Man.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Princeton University, March 2006.
“Epic Columns and Neo-Essays: Erections of an Imperial Morality in Hindu India” in the South Asia Studies Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2005.
Lecture by Invitation. “Reading at the Interstices of Culture, Politics and Society: Literary Theory and notes on R.K. Narayan’s Guide.” Department of English, Presidency College, Calcutta, India, July, 2005.
“Secularism and its Saffron Flags: The Contemporaneity of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s Hindutva: Who is a Hindu,” South Asian Literary Association, Philadelphia, December, 2004.
Lecture by Invitation, “Cinema and Politics: Notes on the Work of Giorgio Agamben,” Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, August, 2004.

“Clichéd Bodies Retold: Enactments of Difference in Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi,”” North Eastern Modern Languages Association, Pittsburgh, March, 2004.

“Lethal Knowledges of the National Spheres: A Note on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi”” The 9th International Culture and Power Conference, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, November, 2003.
“If the Matters of this Paper be Certain, You Have Mighty Business in Hand,” Colloquium on Globalization organized by the Cultural Studies Common Seminar, University of Pittsburgh, March, 2002.

“Thinking the Emergent Discourse of ‘Infotainment’ through Indian Radio,” The Cultural Studies Workshop organized by the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India, January 1999, Khajuraho, India.



Professional Associations
Assistant Editor, boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture, Duke University Press.
Editorial Board, Rodopi Dialogue Series
Referee, Journal of Victorian Culture, Edinburgh University Press.
Referee, South Asian Review
Member, Modern Language Association, South Asian Literary Association, American Comparative Literature Association.

Teaching Experience
Instructor: Introduction to Criticism and Research, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2011, Fall 2012
Instructor: Modern African Fiction, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2010.
Instructor: Critical Approaches to Literature, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
Instructor: Postcolonial Literature in English, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
Instructor: Introduction to Modern African Literature, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010.
Instructor: Introduction to Critical Reading. Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2008.
Instructor: Words and Images: Interface as Narrative Form, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2008.
Instructor: Words and Images: Encountering Migration, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2007.
Instructor: Freshman Composition (Introduction to Arts and Sciences): Writing the Culture of our Times, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2007.
Instructor: Seminar in Composition, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2004.
Instructor: Introduction to Shakespeare, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Summer 2004.
Instructor: Literature and the Contemporary: Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2002, Spring 2003.
Instructor: General Writing: Women’s Studies, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2001, Spring 2002.
Instructor: General Writing, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2000, Spring 2001.

Awards
Criticism and Interpretive Theory Junior Research Fellowship awarded for 2012-214, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Humanities Release Time awarded for Spring 2013, Research Board, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Mention in List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2008 (for Eng. 285), Spring 2009 (for Eng. 285), Fall 2009 (for Eng. 211 and Eng. 301), Spring 2010 (for Eng. 470 and Eng. 285), Fall 2010 (for Eng. 285), Spring 2011 (for Eng 285 and Eng 301)
Cultural Studies Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Cultural Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, academic year 2006-2007.
Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, academic year 2005-2006.
Distinguished Teaching Award, English Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2002-2003.

Academic Service
Supervisor for Brittany Chen—Honors thesis completed on Jim Coetzee’s Disgrace; Fall 2011
Supervisor for James Scholar Project—Nicholas Millman (For ENG 285, Spring 2012), Margarita Altidis (For ENG 301, Spring 2012), Tovah Schwartz (For ENG 301, Fall 2011, Jenny Na (For ENG 301, Spring 2011)—University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Advisor for Senior Research, Henry Soong in the English Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Member, Undergraduate Teaching Awards Committee, English Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2011.
Volunteer Teacher, Language Partners Program, Education Justice Project, Danville Correctional Center, Fall 2010--Summer 2011.
Teaching Mentor, Committee for the Evaluation and Assessment of Teaching (CEAT), supervised and mentored teaching of incoming Ph.D. and M.A. students, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, academic year 2004-2005.
Organizational Volunteer, Conference on “Modernity and Contemporaneity: Antinomies of Art and Culture after the Twentieth Century,” University of Pittsburgh, November, 2004.
Member, Graduate Procedures Committee, Department of English, University of Pittburgh, academic year 2003-2004.
Member, Ad-hoc Committee for Review of M.A. Core Courses, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, academic year 2002-2003.
Member, Budget Committee, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, academic year 2001-2002.

Languages
French (Reading), Bengali (Fluent), Hindi (Fluent)

References
Dr. Marcia Landy (Director of Dissertation), Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, CL 526, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA -- 15260. Phone: 412-624-3966, E-mail: mlandy@pitt.edu

Dr. Paul A. Bové (Reader), Distinguished Professor of English, Editor, boundary 2, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh, CL526, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA – 15260. Phone:

412-624-6513. E-mail: bove@pitt.edu
Dr. Ronald A. Judy (Reader), Professor of English, Department of English, University of

Pittsburgh, CL 526, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA – 15260. Phone: 412-624-6552. E-mail:



buchnfar@pitt.edu
Dr. Nancy Condee (Outside Reader). Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies. Director of the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies (1995 – 2006), University of Pittsburgh, CL, 1417, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA – 15260. Phone: 412-624-5706. E-mail: condee@pitt.edu
Dr. Curtis Perry, Professor of English, Department Head, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 208 English Building, 608 South Wright Street, M/C 718, Urbana, IL – 61801. Phone: 217-333-2390, E-mail: cperry@illinois.edu


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