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Arun P Mukherjee

Department of English

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Office: 342 Stong College
Phone: (416) 736-5166 Ext: 30442
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Over the years I have researched and taught Canadian and Indian and South Asian literatures. My current research is focused on Dalit literature. I have also translated Dalit literature.

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Research Interests

Canadian literature, minority Canadian literature, Indian literature, South Asian literature, Dalit literature, diaspora, feminist critical theory, anti-racist literary theory, Postcolonial literature

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Books

Hindu by Sharankumar Limbale. Translated from Marathi with an Introduction. Samya, Kolkata, 2010. Xiii, 155pp.

Joothan: A Dalit’s Life by Omprakash Valmiki. Translated from Hindi with an Introduction and Annotations. Columbia University Press, New York, 2003. xlviii, 158 pp

Joothan: A Dalit’s Life by Omprakash Valmiki. Translated from Hindi with an Introduction. Samya, Kolkata, 2003. xlii, 134 pp.

York Stories: Women in Higher Education. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 2000. I was a member of the York Stories Collective who interviewed the participants and edited the interviews and other contributions. xiv, 256 pp.

Postcolonialism: My Living. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1998. xx, 242 pp. Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1995. xvi, 190 pp.

Sharing Our Experience. Edited, with an Introduction. Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Ottawa, 1993. 242 pp.

Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition: Essays on Literature, Criticism and Cultural Imperialism. Williams-Wallace Publishers, Stratford, 1988. 110 pp.

The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel: The Rhetoric of Dreiser and Some of His Contemporaries. Croom Helm, London and Sydney, 1987. 229 pp.

Book Chapters

“South Asia in Canadian Literature.” Encyclopaedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English. Eds. Eugene Benson, L. W. Connolly and G. D. Killam. Routledge, London, 1994. 1522-25. Revised in 2005.

“‘You Don’t Even Want to Go There’: Race, Text, and Identities in the Classroom.” Home-Work: Postcolonialism, Pedagogy, and Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars. University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, 2004. 189-212.

“Some Lives Are More Important,” Strangers in the Mirror: In and Out of the Mainstream of Culture in Canada. Eds. Sanjay Talreja and Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR Press, 2004. 37-41.

“Postcolonial Theory, Postcolonial Literatures and the Postcolonial Anxiety.” The Politics of Literary Theory and Representation: Writings on Activism and Aesthetics. Ed. Pankaj Singh. Manohar, Delhi, 2003. 177-92.

“Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom.” Literary Pluralities. Ed. Christl Verduyn. Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 1998. 162-71.

“How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts?” Postcolonial Theory and the Emergence of a Global Society. Ed. Gordon Collier, Dieter Riemenschneider and Frank Schulze-Engler. ACOLIT Special Issue No. 3. Frankfurt am Main, 1998. 77-96.

“No Easy Solutions: In Another Place, Not Here.” Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Press, Toronto, 2000. 249-54. Previously published in The Toronto Review 15: 2 (Winter 1997): 102-06.

“Interrogating Postcolonialism: Some Uneasy Conjunctures.” Interrogating Postcolonialism: Theory, Text, and Context. Ed. Harish Trivedi and Meenakshi Mukherjee. Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1996. 13-20.

“Ideology in the Classroom: A Case Study in the Teaching of English Literature in Canadian Universities.” New Contexts of Canadian Criticism. Ed. Ajay Heble, Donna Palmateer Penee, and J. R. Struthers. Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 1997. 220-27. Previously published in The Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. Routledge, London, 1995. 447-51.

“Bakhtinian Dialogism and Bessie Head’s Dialogue With India.” Dialogism and Cultural Criticism. Ed. Clive Thomson and Hans Raj Dua. Mestengo Press, London, Ontario, 1995. 217-35.

“Other Worlds, Other Texts: Teaching Anita Desai’s Clear Light of the Day to Canadian Students.” Order and Partialities: Theory, Pedagogy and the “Postcolonial.” Ed. Kostas Myrsiades and Jerry McGuire. SUNY Press, New York, 1995. 341-57. Previously published in College Literature 22: 1 (February 1995): 192-201.

“Reading Race in Women’s Writing.” Changing Methods: Feminists Transforming Practice. Ed. Sandra Burt and Lorraine Code. Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 1995. 127-35.

“The ‘Race Consciousness’ of a South Asian (Canadian, of course) Female Academic.” Talking About Identity: Encounters in Race, Ethnicity, and Language. Ed. Carl James and Adrienne Shadd. Between the Lines, Toronto, 2001. 212-18. Previously published in Talking About Difference: Encounters in Culture, Language and Identity. Ed. Carl James and Adrienne Shadd. Between the Lines, Toronto, 1994. 201-07.

“Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women.” Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Press, Toronto, 2000. 151-69. Previously published in The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature. Ed. Makeda Silvera. Sister Vision Press, Toronto, 1994. 421-44.

“Introduction.” Her Mother’s Ashes and Other Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1994. 9-17.

“Right Out of Herstory: Racism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland and Feminist Literary Theory.” Returning the Gaze. Ed. Himani Bannerji. Sister Vision, Toronto, 1993. 131-43, n. 251-53.

“Introduction.” Sharing Our Experience. Ed. Arun Mukherjee. Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Ottawa, 1993. 1-33.

“A House Divided: Women of Colour and American Feminist Theory.” Challenging Times: The Women’s Movement in Canada and the United States. Ed. Constance Backhouse and David H. Flaherty. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 1992. 165-74, n. 309-12.

“Ironies of Colour in the Great White North: The Discursive Strategies of Some Hyphenated Canadians.” Double-Talking: Essays on Verbal and Visual Ironies in Contemporary Canadian Art & Literature. Ed. Linda Hutcheon. ECW Press, Toronto, 1992. 158-71.

“The Exclusions of Postcolonial Theory and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable: A Case Study.” Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol. 237 Mukherjee, Arun P. ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Detroit: Thompson Gale. 27-48.

“The Third World in the Dominant Western Cinema: Responses of a Third World Viewer.” Racism in Canada. Ed. Ormond McKague. Fifth House Publishers, Saskatoon, 1991. 151-58, n. 227. Originally published in Toronto South Asian Review 5: 3 (Spring 1987): 3-11.

“Interview with Himani Bannerji.” The Other Solitudes: Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Literature. Ed. Linda Hutcheon. Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1990. 145-52.

“Characterization in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: Strategies of an Anti-Realist.” The New Indian Novel in English. Ed. Viney Kirpal. Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1990. 109-19.

The following entries in The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Eds. Virginia Blain, Patricia Clements et al. Batsford Academic and Educational, London, and Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1990: Shashi Deshpande. 282. Mahasveta Devi. 287. Yasmine Gooneratne. 440. Attia Hosain. 540. Mira Bai. 744. Suniti Namjoshi. 785-86. Bapsi Sidhwa. 982.

“South Asian Poetry in Canada: In Search of a Place.” A Meeting of Streams: South Asian Canadian Literature. Ed. M. G. Vassanji. TSAR Press, Toronto, 1985. 7-25.

“Women’s Images in Indian Education.” Women’s Experience and Education. Ed. Sharon Lee Rich and Ariel Phillips. Harvard Edducational Review, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985. 126-28.

“Smarten Up Indians, and Go Western: A Content Analysis of Ontario’s Secondary School Social Studies Texts in Relation to India.” Co-authored with Alok Mukherjee and Suwanda Sugunasiri. East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 1-68.

“Indian Geography: The Land and the People.” East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 160-84.

“Indian History: The Making of Modern India.” East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 185-221.

“Growing Up in a Small Town.” East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 302-10

Journal Articles

B. R. Ambedkar, John Dewey, and the Meaning of Democracy. New Literary History, 40: 2 (Spring2009): 345–370.

“In But Not at Home: Women of Colour in the Academy.” Resources for Feminist Research 29: 1 & 2 (Winter 2001/2002): 125-133.

“The Challenge of Reading Dalit Literature.” West Coast Line 26 & 27 (Fall/Winter 1998-99): 51-64.

“The Emergence of Dalit Writing.” The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad 16: 2 (Winter 1998): 34-43.

“A Sense of Responsibility: An Interview with Claire Harris.” Co-authored with Leslie Sanders. West Coast Line 22 (Spring/Summer 1997): 26-37.

“Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom.” Journal of Canadian Studies 31: 3 (Fall 1996): 38-47.

“Other Worlds, Other Texts: Teaching Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day to Canadian Students.” College Literature 22: 1 (February 1995): 192-201.

“Teaching Racial Minority Writing: Problems and Challenges.” Paragraph 16: 3 (Winter/Spring, 1994/1995): 15-18.

“Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women.” Essays in Canadian Writing 56 (Fall 1995): 78-95. Originally published in The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature. Ed. Makeda Silvera. Sister Vision Press, Toronto, 1994. 421-44.

“A New Reading of ‘Wasteland’.” Her Mother's Ashes and Other Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1994, 56-62.

“First World Readers, Third World Texts: Some Thoughts About Theory and Pedagogy.” Gulliver, Deutsch-Englische Jahrbücher, Band 33: 1 (1993): 24-36.

“The Exclusions of Postcolonial Theory and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable: A Case Study.” Ariel 22: 3 (July 1991): 27-48.

“Whose Post-Colonialism and Whose Postmodernism?” World Literature Written in English 30: 2 (1990): 1-9.

“Sister Carrie at Ninety: An Indian Response.” Dreiser Studies 21: 2 (Fall 1990): 27-39.

“The Summer Course.” Toronto South Asian Review 9: 1 (Summer 1990): 11-6.

“Visiting Places.” The Many Worlds of Literature. Ed. Stuart Hirschberg. Macmillan, New York, 1994, 827-34. Originally published in Home to Stay: An Anthology of Stories by Asian American Women. Eds. Carol Bruchac et al. Greenfield Review Literary Centre, New York, 1989. 204-15.

“A European Vacation.” Tiger Lily. 1: 3 (1987): 25-28.

“Songs of an Immigrant: The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz.” Currents 4: 1 (1986-87): 19-21. “The Sri Lankan Poets in Canada: An Alternative View.” Toronto South Asian Review 3: 2 (Fall 1984): 32-45.

“Ideology in the Classroom: A Case Study in the Teaching of English Literature in Canadian Universities.” Dalhousie Review 66: 1/2 (Spring/Summer 1986): 22-30.

“The Vocabulary of the ‘Universal’: Cultural Imperialism and Western Literary Criticism.” World Literature Written in English 26: 2 (1986): 343-52.

“South Asian Poetry in Canada: In Search of a Place.” World Literature Written in English 26: 1(1986): 84-98.

“Two Responses to Otherness: The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje and Cyril Dabydeen.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 20: 1 (1985): 49-67.

“George Gissing’s The Odd Women: An Exploration into the Economics of Marriage.” Connections 13 (May 1984): 18-21.

“Angrezi Saahitya ki Padhaai.” Dinman (May 1976): 23-26. An article in Hindi on the state of teaching English literature in India, solicited by one of the leading Hindi periodicals of that country.

Conference Papers

“Translating Dalit literature,” Presentation at the Department of English Studies, English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad, India, August 8, 2009.

“Dalit Aesthetics and Dalit Literature.” Panel presentation at the 14th Triennial Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 17-22 August, 2007

“Dalit Literature in the Academy.” A speech at the Chetna Association of Canada in Vancouver on August 19, 2007.

“Postgraduate Research and Education: Opportunities and Partnerships.” Presentation at the 11th Technology Summit and Technology Platform, a jointly organized conference by Confederation of Indian Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Government of Canada, September 21-22, 2005

“The Global and the Local: Cross Cultural Studies of the Literatures in English.” Panel presentation at the 13th Triennial Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Hyderabad, India, 4-9 August, 2004

“Ethnicity and Literature.” Keynote speech at the Humanities Division, York University’s Ethnicity and Literature conference, November 29, 2004

“The Challenge of Reading Dalit Literature.” Central University, Hyderabad, India, August 9, 2004

“The Meaning of Oppositional Aesthetics.” Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, Jaipur, India, August 1, 2004

“Postcolonial Literatures in Canada: Some Ground Realities.” Postcolonial Professional Concerns Panel organized by the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies, Congress, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, May 29, 2004

“‘You Don’t Even Want to Go There’: South Asian Subjects in the Canadian Classroom.” Plenary Address at the “Postcolonialism and Pedagogy Symposium: Canadian Literatures in the Classroom,” University of Ottawa, May 3-5, 2002.

“Canadian Multiculturalism and Literature Classrooms.” Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, Jaipur, India, July 30, 2002

“Canadian Universities and the Challenge of Multiculturalism.” Inaugural Canadian Studies Lecture, Centre for Canadian Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, July 27, 2002

“Setting Terms for Reconciliation: Interrogative Discourse of Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan.” The 12th Triennial Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Canberra, Australia, July 9-14, 2001.

“Dalit Aspirations: Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan.” Perspectives on Social Inequalities: Issues of Race, Gender and Class Worldwide. Sponsored by the Tokyo Foundation in connection with the York Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Massey University, New Zealand, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Howard University, USA. Hosted by York University, September 14, 2001

“‘We Are Human Beings With Lives’: The York Stories Project.” A Seminar on International Women’s Day, sponsored by Indian Association for Canadian Studies and Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, March 8, 2001

“Women of Colour in the Academy: In But Not at Home.” Women in the Academy: Global Warming and the Chilly Climate Colloquium, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, University of Alberta, May 26, 2000

“York Stories: Women in Higher Education.” National Association for Women in Education’s 13th Annual International Conference on Women in Higher Education, New Orleans, January 8-11, 2000

“A Second Wave in Postcolonial Studies.” Åbningssymposium, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, April 15, 1999

“‘Postcolonial’ - A Hydra-Headed Monster or . . .: What Do We Make of the Term?” The Making of Postcolonial Literatures at York: Theory, Politics, Practice. Colloquium at Department of English, York University, February 25, 1999

“Questioning Celebrations: Marginalised Communities and Literatures in India.” Modern Languages Association (MLA), Toronto, December 27-30, 1997

“The Challenge of Dalit Writing.” “Competing Realities: Fifty Years of South Asian Literature” International Conference, University of Toronto, September 19-21, 1997

“How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts?” Southern Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York, April 22, 1996

“How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts?” “Postcolonial Literatures and Theory” International Conference, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany, December 14-17, 1995 “Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom.” Conference on Ethnic Minority Writing, Trent University, Peterborough, August 1995

“The Role of the Artist in the Modern World.” Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, April 1995

“Interrogating Postcolonialism: Some Uneasy Conjunctures.” “Interrogating Postcolonialism: Texts and Contexts” International Conference of the Indian Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures Studies, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India, October 2-5, 1994.

“Writing from a Hard Place: M. G. Vassanji’s ‘African’ Fiction and Canadian Literary Nationalism.” Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, November 11, 1994. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the X International IACS Canadian Studies Conference at Goa, India, May 10-13, 1994

“Interrogating Postcolonialism: Some Uneasy Conjunctures.” “Interrogating Postcolonial: Texts and Contexts” International Conference of the Indian Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures Studies, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India, October 2-5, 1994

“Teaching Minority Canadian Writing: Problems and Challenges.” “Writing Thru’ Race” Conference, Writers’ Union of Canada, Vancouver, June 29-July 1, 1994

Chair, Session on “South Asian Women Poets in Canada,” X International IACS Canadian Studies Conference, International Council for Canadian Studies and the Indian Association for Canadian Studies, Goa University, Goa, India, May 10-13, 1994

“Reading Race in Women’s Writing.” Workshop on “Feminist Methodology,” York University, January 21-22, 1994

“Postcoloniality of Fundamentalism: Postcolonial Theory and the Destruction of the Babri Mosque.” “What the Hell is a Daffodil: Landscape, Language and Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature.” The 8th Annual Literary Studies Week, Victoria College, University of Toronto, January 8, 1994

“Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women.” Modern Languages Association (MLA), Toronto, December 29, 1993

“Canadian South Asian Literature.” Canadian Punjabi-English Literature Series Book Festival, Vancouver, April 25, 1993

“The Cultural Work of South Asian Canadian Literature.” “Aux Canadas: Reading, Writing, Translating Canadian Literature,” Un colloque en l’honneur de Philip Stratford, Université de Montréal, April 18, 1993

“Bessie Head’s Dialogue with India.” International Conference on “Dialogue and Cultural Theory,” Mysore, India, December 1992. I was one of six Canadian academics invited to present papers at this conference.

“The Theory and Practice of Postcolonial Pedagogy.” Conference on “Post-Colonial Pedagogy: Teaching the Commonwealth Literatures,” Queen’s University, Kingston, August 31-September 2, 1992.

“Sharing Our Experience: The Education of an Anti-Racist Feminist.” The Centre for Women's Studies in Education at Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, as part of the eighth annual lecture and discussion series on Popular Feminism, November 2, 1992

“The Role of Dr. Ambedkar in the Poona Pact.” The “Ambedkar Centenary Celebration Conference,” University of Toronto, June 1991

“The Teaching of Post-colonial Literature.” Presented at a panel discussion organized by the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies, Learned Societies Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, May 1991

“Right Out of Herstory: Racism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland and Feminist Literary Theory.” Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Languages Association, Hartford, Conn., April 1991

“Changing the Curriculum.” “Remedies for Racism and Sexism in Colleges and Universities: A Working Conference,” organized by the Race Relations Directorate, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Fanshawe College, London, Ont., April 1991

“Transforming Feminist Theory: The Voices of Non-White Women.” Feminist Issues Lecture Series, organized by the Master’s Office and Women’s Studies Programme, Atkinson College, York University, November 14, 1990

“Sister Carrie: A Response from India.” State University of New York’s “Conversations in the Disciplines” Conference to observe the 90th year of Sister Carrie, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, October 1990

“Whose Postcolonialism and Whose Postmodernism?” Symposium on “Postcolonialism and Postmodernism” at the joint session of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies and the Association for the Study of Canadian and Quebec Literatures, Learned Societies Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, May 1990

“Bourgeois Nationalist Discourse in Mulk Raj Anand’s The Untouchable.” South Asia and Development session of the Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, May 1990

“Women and Cultural Politics.” Toronto Area Women’s Research Colloquium 1989-1990, York University, March 2, 1990

Panelist, “The Politics of Representation in a Multiracial Society: Writers’ Perspectives.” International Convention of American Studies Association and Canadian Association for American Studies, Toronto, November 1989

“Characterization in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: Strategies of an Anti-Realist.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies, Learned Societies Conference, Laval University, Quebec, May 1989

“A House Divided: Black Women and American Feminist Theory.” Conference on the Contemporary Women’s Movement in Canada and the United States: A Retrospective and Prospects for the Future, Centre for American Studies and Centre for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, May 1989

“Knights and Businessmen: Parody in Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Department of English, University of Guelph, Guelph, March 1989

“Deconstructing the Devi: Mahasveta Devi’s ‘The Wet-Nurse’.” Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto, April 1990. An earlier version of the paper was read at “India Since Independence, 1947-1987” Conference, York University, September 1987

Book Reviews

Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in Literature and Culture. Ed. Rowland Smith. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000, Waterloo, Ontario. English Studies in Canada 30: 3(2004): 199-204.

“Of Gems and Rhinestones.” Review of Colours of Loneliness: Short Stories from Urdu and the Regional Languages of Pakistan. Ed. Muzzafar Iqbal. Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1999. Annual of Urdu Studies Number 16 (2001): 363-68.

“Drinking at Khadija Mastur’s Well.” Review of Cool, Sweet Water: Selected Stories by Khadija Mastur. Trans. Tahira Naqvi. Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1999. Annual of Urdu Studies Number 16 (2001): 368-74.

“Beginnings and Endings.” Review of The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami. Knopf, Toronto, 2000. The Toronto Review 19: 3 (Summer 2001): 86-90.

“Lost Frontier.” Review of Amriika by M. G. Vassanji. McClleland & Stewart, Toronto, 1999. The Toronto Review 19: 1 (Spring 2001): 87-92.

Fires in an Autumn Garden: Short Stories from Urdu and the Regional Languages of Pakistan. Ed. Asif Farrukhi. Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1997. Annual of Urdu Studies Number 14 (1999): 311-16.

“No Easy Solutions.” Review of In Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand. Knopf, Toronto, 1996. The Toronto Review 15: 2 (Winter 1997): 102-06.

“The Same Trip.” Review of The Black Album by Hanif Kureishi. Scribner, New York, 1995. The Toronto Review 14: 3 (Spring 1996): 69-71.

Firing the Heather: The Life and Times of Nellie McClung, by Mary Hallett and Marilyn Davis. Fifth House Publishers, Saskatoon, 1994, and Literature as Pulpit: The Christian Social Activism of Nellie L. McClung, by Randi R. Warne. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario, 1993. LRC 4: 7 (July-August 1995): 20-23.

Uhuru Street by M. G. Vassanji. McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1992. Paragraph 14: 3 (1992): 22-23.

“Narrating India.” Review of Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry. McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1991, and A Planet of Eccentrics by Ven Begamudré. Oolinchan Books, Lantzville, BC, 1991. Toronto South Asian Review 10: 2 (Winter 1992): 82-91.

Past the Last Post: Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism. Ed. Ian Adam and Helen Tiffin. University of Calgary Press, Calgary, 1990. Paragraph 13: 3 (1991): 28-29.

Creation Fire: A CAFRA Anthology of Caribbean Women’s Poetry. Ed. Ramabai Espinet. Sister Vision, Toronto, 1990. Toronto South Asian Review 10: 1 (Summer 1991): 62-65.

Race, Class, Gender: Bonds and Barriers. Ed. Jesse Vorst et al. Between the Lines, Toronto, 1990, and Balancing Acts: On Being a Mother. Ed. Katherine Gieve. Virago, London, 1989. Toronto South Asian Review 9: 3 (Spring 1991): 69-73.

Theodore Dreiser: An American Journey: Vol II, by Richard Lingeman. Putnam’s, New York, 1990. The Globe and Mail (November 17, 1990): C 19.

The Issue is ‘Ism: Women of Colour Speak Out. Eds. Nila Gupta and Makeda Silvera. Sister Vision, Toronto, 1989. Fuse XIII, 5 (June-July 1990): 39-40.

“Reading Rénu: Text, Language, Culture and Translation.” An extensive review article dealing with problems of translation. Toronto South Asian Review 8: 1 (Summer 1989): 59-69.

Realism and Reality: The Novel and Society in India by Meenakshi Mukherjee. Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1985. World Literature Written in English 27: 2 (1987): 307-16.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost”? Review of three books of poetry from India. CRNLE Review Journal of the Flinders University of Australia 1 (1984): 25-28.

Sexism in Indian Education: The Lies We Tell Our Children, by Narendra Nath Kalia. Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 1979. Harvard Educational Review 51: 1 (February 1981): 218-20.

Forthcoming

“The Story of My Caste.” A paper based on my experience of growing up in the caste based society of an Indian small town, in a book entitled, Caste as an Idea and a Reality, edited by R. S. Khare and D. Shyam Babu, to be published by Parson India in 2010

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN2240 6.0  Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English: African, Caribbean, South Asian and the South Pacific SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC2435 6.0  Introduction to South Asian Studies SEMR Course Website 


Over the years I have researched and taught Canadian and Indian and South Asian literatures. My current research is focused on Dalit literature. I have also translated Dalit literature.


Arun Mukherjee did her graduate work in English at the University of Saugar, India and came to Canada as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1971 to do a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Her current teaching interests are South Asian and Minority Canadian literatures. She is the author of The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel: The Rhetoric of Dreiser and His Contemporaries (Croom Helm: 1987), Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition: Essays on Literature, Criticism and Cultural Imperialism (Williams-Wallace: 1988), Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space (TSAR: 1995), and Postcolonialism: My Living (TSAR: 1998). She has edited and written the Introduction of Sharing Our Experience (Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women: 1993), an anthology of autobiographical writings by aboriginal women and women of colour. She is a member of York Stories Editorial Collective which edited York Stories: Women in Higher Education (TSAR: 2000). Her translation of Dalit writer Omprakash Valmiki's autobiography Joothan: A Dalit's Life (Samya: Kolkata & Columbia U Press: 2003) won the New India Foundation Prize for "the finest book published in India during 2002-2003." Her translation of Dalit writer Sharan Kumar Limbale's novel, Hindu, was published by Samya in 2010.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Saugar

Professional Leadership

a. York University

i. Department
YUFA Steward, 2008-09
Adjudicator, Prize Adjudication Committee, Summer 2008
Member, Teaching Committee, Department of English, 2001-2004
Affirmative Action Representative, Appointments Committee, for searches in Postcolonial Literature and Canadian Literature, 2003-2004
Member, Curriculum Committee, Department of English, 1996-1997
Member, Curriculum Committee, Department of English, 1995-1996
Member, Lectures and Colloquia Committee, Department of English, 1993-1994
Member, Appointments and Workloads Committee, Department of English, 1992-93
Member, Appointments and Workloads Committee, Department of English, 1991-1992

ii. Graduate Programme in English
Member, Admissions Committee, Graduate Programme in English, 1999-2000
Member, Curriculum Committee, Graduate Programme in English, 1996-1997
Member, Curriculum Committee, Graduate Pragramme in English, 1995-1996
Member, Admissions, Scholarships and Grants Committee, Graduate Programme in English, 1989-1990
Member, Curricular Sub-Group in Women in Literature, Graduate Programme in English, 1989-1990
Member, Curricular Sub-Group in Post-colonial, Graduate Programme in English, 1989-Present

iii. Other Graduate and Undergraduate Programmes
Member, Hiring Committee, DLLL, York University, 2007-08
Member, Graduate Programme in Humanities, York University, 2007-
Member, Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought, York University, 2005-
Member, Graduate Programme in Interdisciplinary Studies, York University, 1996-Present
Member, Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Arts, 1989-1990
Member, Curriculum Committee, Division of Humanities, 1987-1988
Member, Executive Committee, Women’s Studies, Atkinson College, 1985-1988

iv. Faculty
Member, Nominations Committee, Faculty of Arts, 1997-1998
Member, Dean’s Advisory Group on Race, Gender, Multiculturalism and the Curriculum, 1993-1994
Member, Dean’s Advisory Group on Race, Gender, Multiculturalism and the Curriculum, 1992-1993
Member, Committee for Curriculum Development, Faculty of Arts, 1991-1993

v. University
Advisor to the President, York University, on the Status of Women. 1997-2000
Member, York University Senate, 1997-2000
Member, President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, 1997-2000
Member, Equity Committee, York University Faculty Association, 1997-1998
Member, Advisory Board, Office of the Advisor to the President on the Status of Women, 1993-1994
Member, Race and Ethnic Relations Advisory Board, 1992-1999
Member, Committee for Curriculum Development, Faculty of Arts, 1991-1992
Member, Advisory Board, Centre for the Support of Teaching, 1990-1992
Member, York University Senate, 1990-1991
President, York University Anti-Racist Women’s Coalition, 1988-1990


Community Contributions

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION

2009-2010
Referee, Canadian Literature, Postcolonial Text, Studies in the Novel, Oxford University Press

2008-2009
Co-editor, Proceedings of Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies’ (ACLALS) 14h international triennial conference, held at Vancouver, July 2007

2007-2008
Vice-Chair, Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS)
Referee, Canadian Literature

2006-2007
Vice-Chair, Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies (ACLALS)
Reviewer for abstracts, XIIth Triennial ACLALS Conference, August 17-22, 2007, Vancouver, Canada

2005-2006
President and Member, Executive Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)
Vice-Chair, Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies (ACLALS)
Assessor, Postcolonial Text

2004-2005
President and Member, Executive Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) 2003-2004
President, and Member, Executive Committee, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)

2002-2003
Elected President, and Member, Executive Committee, SICI
Referee, Postcolonial Text, Atlantis

2000-2001
Vice-President, and Member, Executive Committee, SICI, February 2001 to June 2001.
Member, India Studies Committee, SICI
Evaluator, SSHRC, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
Referee, Canadian Literature

1999-2000
Evaluator, Broadview Press

1997-1998
Member, Executive Committee, SICI
Evaluator, ACCUTE

1996-1997
York’s Representative on the SICI’s Board of Directors
Member, Editorial Board, Canadian Literature, 1996-2000

1994-1995
Assessor, Ontario Arts Council
Assessor, ACCUTE

1993-1994
Member, Editorial Board, Paragraph, 1993-1996
Member, International Advisory Board, Ariel, 1993-1996
Member, Adjudicating Committee, SSHRC, Literature Division

1992-1993
Evaluator, ACCUTE
Manuscript Reader, Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, Canadian
Federation for the Humanities, May 1993
Referee, MLA, Ariel
Member, Editorial Collective, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 13: 1 (Fall 1992). Special Issue: South Asian Women: Lives, Histories, Struggles

1991-1992
Referee, Signs, PMLA, International Journal of Canadian Studies
Chair, North Eastern Modern Languages Association Annual Conference, Buffalo, April 1992. Panel on “Voices of Third World Women”

1990-1991
Referee, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, Ariel
Secretary, North Eastern Modern Languages Association Annual Conference, Hartford, Conn., April 1991. Panel on “Voices of Third World Women”
Evaluator, SSHRC
Reviewer, Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Moderator, the ACCUTE session on African American literature at the Learned Societies Conference, Kingston, Ontario



Research Interests:

Canadian literature, minority Canadian literature, Indian literature, South Asian literature, Dalit literature, diaspora, feminist critical theory, anti-racist literary theory, Postcolonial literature

All Publications

Books

Hindu by Sharankumar Limbale. Translated from Marathi with an Introduction. Samya, Kolkata, 2010. Xiii, 155pp.

Joothan: A Dalit’s Life by Omprakash Valmiki. Translated from Hindi with an Introduction and Annotations. Columbia University Press, New York, 2003. xlviii, 158 pp

Joothan: A Dalit’s Life by Omprakash Valmiki. Translated from Hindi with an Introduction. Samya, Kolkata, 2003. xlii, 134 pp.

York Stories: Women in Higher Education. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 2000. I was a member of the York Stories Collective who interviewed the participants and edited the interviews and other contributions. xiv, 256 pp.

Postcolonialism: My Living. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1998. xx, 242 pp. Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1995. xvi, 190 pp.

Sharing Our Experience. Edited, with an Introduction. Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Ottawa, 1993. 242 pp.

Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition: Essays on Literature, Criticism and Cultural Imperialism. Williams-Wallace Publishers, Stratford, 1988. 110 pp.

The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel: The Rhetoric of Dreiser and Some of His Contemporaries. Croom Helm, London and Sydney, 1987. 229 pp.

Book Chapters

“South Asia in Canadian Literature.” Encyclopaedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English. Eds. Eugene Benson, L. W. Connolly and G. D. Killam. Routledge, London, 1994. 1522-25. Revised in 2005.

“‘You Don’t Even Want to Go There’: Race, Text, and Identities in the Classroom.” Home-Work: Postcolonialism, Pedagogy, and Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars. University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, 2004. 189-212.

“Some Lives Are More Important,” Strangers in the Mirror: In and Out of the Mainstream of Culture in Canada. Eds. Sanjay Talreja and Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR Press, 2004. 37-41.

“Postcolonial Theory, Postcolonial Literatures and the Postcolonial Anxiety.” The Politics of Literary Theory and Representation: Writings on Activism and Aesthetics. Ed. Pankaj Singh. Manohar, Delhi, 2003. 177-92.

“Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom.” Literary Pluralities. Ed. Christl Verduyn. Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 1998. 162-71.

“How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts?” Postcolonial Theory and the Emergence of a Global Society. Ed. Gordon Collier, Dieter Riemenschneider and Frank Schulze-Engler. ACOLIT Special Issue No. 3. Frankfurt am Main, 1998. 77-96.

“No Easy Solutions: In Another Place, Not Here.” Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Press, Toronto, 2000. 249-54. Previously published in The Toronto Review 15: 2 (Winter 1997): 102-06.

“Interrogating Postcolonialism: Some Uneasy Conjunctures.” Interrogating Postcolonialism: Theory, Text, and Context. Ed. Harish Trivedi and Meenakshi Mukherjee. Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1996. 13-20.

“Ideology in the Classroom: A Case Study in the Teaching of English Literature in Canadian Universities.” New Contexts of Canadian Criticism. Ed. Ajay Heble, Donna Palmateer Penee, and J. R. Struthers. Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 1997. 220-27. Previously published in The Post-colonial Studies Reader. Ed. Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin. Routledge, London, 1995. 447-51.

“Bakhtinian Dialogism and Bessie Head’s Dialogue With India.” Dialogism and Cultural Criticism. Ed. Clive Thomson and Hans Raj Dua. Mestengo Press, London, Ontario, 1995. 217-35.

“Other Worlds, Other Texts: Teaching Anita Desai’s Clear Light of the Day to Canadian Students.” Order and Partialities: Theory, Pedagogy and the “Postcolonial.” Ed. Kostas Myrsiades and Jerry McGuire. SUNY Press, New York, 1995. 341-57. Previously published in College Literature 22: 1 (February 1995): 192-201.

“Reading Race in Women’s Writing.” Changing Methods: Feminists Transforming Practice. Ed. Sandra Burt and Lorraine Code. Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, 1995. 127-35.

“The ‘Race Consciousness’ of a South Asian (Canadian, of course) Female Academic.” Talking About Identity: Encounters in Race, Ethnicity, and Language. Ed. Carl James and Adrienne Shadd. Between the Lines, Toronto, 2001. 212-18. Previously published in Talking About Difference: Encounters in Culture, Language and Identity. Ed. Carl James and Adrienne Shadd. Between the Lines, Toronto, 1994. 201-07.

“Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women.” Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Press, Toronto, 2000. 151-69. Previously published in The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature. Ed. Makeda Silvera. Sister Vision Press, Toronto, 1994. 421-44.

“Introduction.” Her Mother’s Ashes and Other Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1994. 9-17.

“Right Out of Herstory: Racism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland and Feminist Literary Theory.” Returning the Gaze. Ed. Himani Bannerji. Sister Vision, Toronto, 1993. 131-43, n. 251-53.

“Introduction.” Sharing Our Experience. Ed. Arun Mukherjee. Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Ottawa, 1993. 1-33.

“A House Divided: Women of Colour and American Feminist Theory.” Challenging Times: The Women’s Movement in Canada and the United States. Ed. Constance Backhouse and David H. Flaherty. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 1992. 165-74, n. 309-12.

“Ironies of Colour in the Great White North: The Discursive Strategies of Some Hyphenated Canadians.” Double-Talking: Essays on Verbal and Visual Ironies in Contemporary Canadian Art & Literature. Ed. Linda Hutcheon. ECW Press, Toronto, 1992. 158-71.

“The Exclusions of Postcolonial Theory and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable: A Case Study.” Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol. 237 Mukherjee, Arun P. ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Detroit: Thompson Gale. 27-48.

“The Third World in the Dominant Western Cinema: Responses of a Third World Viewer.” Racism in Canada. Ed. Ormond McKague. Fifth House Publishers, Saskatoon, 1991. 151-58, n. 227. Originally published in Toronto South Asian Review 5: 3 (Spring 1987): 3-11.

“Interview with Himani Bannerji.” The Other Solitudes: Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Literature. Ed. Linda Hutcheon. Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1990. 145-52.

“Characterization in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: Strategies of an Anti-Realist.” The New Indian Novel in English. Ed. Viney Kirpal. Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1990. 109-19.

The following entries in The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Eds. Virginia Blain, Patricia Clements et al. Batsford Academic and Educational, London, and Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1990: Shashi Deshpande. 282. Mahasveta Devi. 287. Yasmine Gooneratne. 440. Attia Hosain. 540. Mira Bai. 744. Suniti Namjoshi. 785-86. Bapsi Sidhwa. 982.

“South Asian Poetry in Canada: In Search of a Place.” A Meeting of Streams: South Asian Canadian Literature. Ed. M. G. Vassanji. TSAR Press, Toronto, 1985. 7-25.

“Women’s Images in Indian Education.” Women’s Experience and Education. Ed. Sharon Lee Rich and Ariel Phillips. Harvard Edducational Review, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985. 126-28.

“Smarten Up Indians, and Go Western: A Content Analysis of Ontario’s Secondary School Social Studies Texts in Relation to India.” Co-authored with Alok Mukherjee and Suwanda Sugunasiri. East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 1-68.

“Indian Geography: The Land and the People.” East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 160-84.

“Indian History: The Making of Modern India.” East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 185-221.

“Growing Up in a Small Town.” East Indians: Myths and Reality, A Resource Book. Ed. Alok K. Mukherjee. Indian Immigrant Aid Services, Toronto, 1978. 302-10

Journal Articles

B. R. Ambedkar, John Dewey, and the Meaning of Democracy. New Literary History, 40: 2 (Spring2009): 345–370.

“In But Not at Home: Women of Colour in the Academy.” Resources for Feminist Research 29: 1 & 2 (Winter 2001/2002): 125-133.

“The Challenge of Reading Dalit Literature.” West Coast Line 26 & 27 (Fall/Winter 1998-99): 51-64.

“The Emergence of Dalit Writing.” The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad 16: 2 (Winter 1998): 34-43.

“A Sense of Responsibility: An Interview with Claire Harris.” Co-authored with Leslie Sanders. West Coast Line 22 (Spring/Summer 1997): 26-37.

“Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom.” Journal of Canadian Studies 31: 3 (Fall 1996): 38-47.

“Other Worlds, Other Texts: Teaching Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day to Canadian Students.” College Literature 22: 1 (February 1995): 192-201.

“Teaching Racial Minority Writing: Problems and Challenges.” Paragraph 16: 3 (Winter/Spring, 1994/1995): 15-18.

“Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women.” Essays in Canadian Writing 56 (Fall 1995): 78-95. Originally published in The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature. Ed. Makeda Silvera. Sister Vision Press, Toronto, 1994. 421-44.

“A New Reading of ‘Wasteland’.” Her Mother's Ashes and Other Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States. Ed. Nurjehan Aziz. TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1994, 56-62.

“First World Readers, Third World Texts: Some Thoughts About Theory and Pedagogy.” Gulliver, Deutsch-Englische Jahrbücher, Band 33: 1 (1993): 24-36.

“The Exclusions of Postcolonial Theory and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable: A Case Study.” Ariel 22: 3 (July 1991): 27-48.

“Whose Post-Colonialism and Whose Postmodernism?” World Literature Written in English 30: 2 (1990): 1-9.

“Sister Carrie at Ninety: An Indian Response.” Dreiser Studies 21: 2 (Fall 1990): 27-39.

“The Summer Course.” Toronto South Asian Review 9: 1 (Summer 1990): 11-6.

“Visiting Places.” The Many Worlds of Literature. Ed. Stuart Hirschberg. Macmillan, New York, 1994, 827-34. Originally published in Home to Stay: An Anthology of Stories by Asian American Women. Eds. Carol Bruchac et al. Greenfield Review Literary Centre, New York, 1989. 204-15.

“A European Vacation.” Tiger Lily. 1: 3 (1987): 25-28.

“Songs of an Immigrant: The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz.” Currents 4: 1 (1986-87): 19-21. “The Sri Lankan Poets in Canada: An Alternative View.” Toronto South Asian Review 3: 2 (Fall 1984): 32-45.

“Ideology in the Classroom: A Case Study in the Teaching of English Literature in Canadian Universities.” Dalhousie Review 66: 1/2 (Spring/Summer 1986): 22-30.

“The Vocabulary of the ‘Universal’: Cultural Imperialism and Western Literary Criticism.” World Literature Written in English 26: 2 (1986): 343-52.

“South Asian Poetry in Canada: In Search of a Place.” World Literature Written in English 26: 1(1986): 84-98.

“Two Responses to Otherness: The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje and Cyril Dabydeen.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 20: 1 (1985): 49-67.

“George Gissing’s The Odd Women: An Exploration into the Economics of Marriage.” Connections 13 (May 1984): 18-21.

“Angrezi Saahitya ki Padhaai.” Dinman (May 1976): 23-26. An article in Hindi on the state of teaching English literature in India, solicited by one of the leading Hindi periodicals of that country.

Conference Papers

“Translating Dalit literature,” Presentation at the Department of English Studies, English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad, India, August 8, 2009.

“Dalit Aesthetics and Dalit Literature.” Panel presentation at the 14th Triennial Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 17-22 August, 2007

“Dalit Literature in the Academy.” A speech at the Chetna Association of Canada in Vancouver on August 19, 2007.

“Postgraduate Research and Education: Opportunities and Partnerships.” Presentation at the 11th Technology Summit and Technology Platform, a jointly organized conference by Confederation of Indian Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Government of Canada, September 21-22, 2005

“The Global and the Local: Cross Cultural Studies of the Literatures in English.” Panel presentation at the 13th Triennial Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Hyderabad, India, 4-9 August, 2004

“Ethnicity and Literature.” Keynote speech at the Humanities Division, York University’s Ethnicity and Literature conference, November 29, 2004

“The Challenge of Reading Dalit Literature.” Central University, Hyderabad, India, August 9, 2004

“The Meaning of Oppositional Aesthetics.” Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, Jaipur, India, August 1, 2004

“Postcolonial Literatures in Canada: Some Ground Realities.” Postcolonial Professional Concerns Panel organized by the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies, Congress, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, May 29, 2004

“‘You Don’t Even Want to Go There’: South Asian Subjects in the Canadian Classroom.” Plenary Address at the “Postcolonialism and Pedagogy Symposium: Canadian Literatures in the Classroom,” University of Ottawa, May 3-5, 2002.

“Canadian Multiculturalism and Literature Classrooms.” Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies, Jaipur, India, July 30, 2002

“Canadian Universities and the Challenge of Multiculturalism.” Inaugural Canadian Studies Lecture, Centre for Canadian Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, July 27, 2002

“Setting Terms for Reconciliation: Interrogative Discourse of Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan.” The 12th Triennial Conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Canberra, Australia, July 9-14, 2001.

“Dalit Aspirations: Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan.” Perspectives on Social Inequalities: Issues of Race, Gender and Class Worldwide. Sponsored by the Tokyo Foundation in connection with the York Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Massey University, New Zealand, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Howard University, USA. Hosted by York University, September 14, 2001

“‘We Are Human Beings With Lives’: The York Stories Project.” A Seminar on International Women’s Day, sponsored by Indian Association for Canadian Studies and Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, March 8, 2001

“Women of Colour in the Academy: In But Not at Home.” Women in the Academy: Global Warming and the Chilly Climate Colloquium, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, University of Alberta, May 26, 2000

“York Stories: Women in Higher Education.” National Association for Women in Education’s 13th Annual International Conference on Women in Higher Education, New Orleans, January 8-11, 2000

“A Second Wave in Postcolonial Studies.” Åbningssymposium, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, April 15, 1999

“‘Postcolonial’ - A Hydra-Headed Monster or . . .: What Do We Make of the Term?” The Making of Postcolonial Literatures at York: Theory, Politics, Practice. Colloquium at Department of English, York University, February 25, 1999

“Questioning Celebrations: Marginalised Communities and Literatures in India.” Modern Languages Association (MLA), Toronto, December 27-30, 1997

“The Challenge of Dalit Writing.” “Competing Realities: Fifty Years of South Asian Literature” International Conference, University of Toronto, September 19-21, 1997

“How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts?” Southern Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York, April 22, 1996

“How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts?” “Postcolonial Literatures and Theory” International Conference, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany, December 14-17, 1995 “Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom.” Conference on Ethnic Minority Writing, Trent University, Peterborough, August 1995

“The Role of the Artist in the Modern World.” Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, April 1995

“Interrogating Postcolonialism: Some Uneasy Conjunctures.” “Interrogating Postcolonialism: Texts and Contexts” International Conference of the Indian Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures Studies, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India, October 2-5, 1994.

“Writing from a Hard Place: M. G. Vassanji’s ‘African’ Fiction and Canadian Literary Nationalism.” Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, November 11, 1994. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the X International IACS Canadian Studies Conference at Goa, India, May 10-13, 1994

“Interrogating Postcolonialism: Some Uneasy Conjunctures.” “Interrogating Postcolonial: Texts and Contexts” International Conference of the Indian Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures Studies, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India, October 2-5, 1994

“Teaching Minority Canadian Writing: Problems and Challenges.” “Writing Thru’ Race” Conference, Writers’ Union of Canada, Vancouver, June 29-July 1, 1994

Chair, Session on “South Asian Women Poets in Canada,” X International IACS Canadian Studies Conference, International Council for Canadian Studies and the Indian Association for Canadian Studies, Goa University, Goa, India, May 10-13, 1994

“Reading Race in Women’s Writing.” Workshop on “Feminist Methodology,” York University, January 21-22, 1994

“Postcoloniality of Fundamentalism: Postcolonial Theory and the Destruction of the Babri Mosque.” “What the Hell is a Daffodil: Landscape, Language and Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature.” The 8th Annual Literary Studies Week, Victoria College, University of Toronto, January 8, 1994

“Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women.” Modern Languages Association (MLA), Toronto, December 29, 1993

“Canadian South Asian Literature.” Canadian Punjabi-English Literature Series Book Festival, Vancouver, April 25, 1993

“The Cultural Work of South Asian Canadian Literature.” “Aux Canadas: Reading, Writing, Translating Canadian Literature,” Un colloque en l’honneur de Philip Stratford, Université de Montréal, April 18, 1993

“Bessie Head’s Dialogue with India.” International Conference on “Dialogue and Cultural Theory,” Mysore, India, December 1992. I was one of six Canadian academics invited to present papers at this conference.

“The Theory and Practice of Postcolonial Pedagogy.” Conference on “Post-Colonial Pedagogy: Teaching the Commonwealth Literatures,” Queen’s University, Kingston, August 31-September 2, 1992.

“Sharing Our Experience: The Education of an Anti-Racist Feminist.” The Centre for Women's Studies in Education at Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, as part of the eighth annual lecture and discussion series on Popular Feminism, November 2, 1992

“The Role of Dr. Ambedkar in the Poona Pact.” The “Ambedkar Centenary Celebration Conference,” University of Toronto, June 1991

“The Teaching of Post-colonial Literature.” Presented at a panel discussion organized by the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies, Learned Societies Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, May 1991

“Right Out of Herstory: Racism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland and Feminist Literary Theory.” Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Languages Association, Hartford, Conn., April 1991

“Changing the Curriculum.” “Remedies for Racism and Sexism in Colleges and Universities: A Working Conference,” organized by the Race Relations Directorate, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Fanshawe College, London, Ont., April 1991

“Transforming Feminist Theory: The Voices of Non-White Women.” Feminist Issues Lecture Series, organized by the Master’s Office and Women’s Studies Programme, Atkinson College, York University, November 14, 1990

“Sister Carrie: A Response from India.” State University of New York’s “Conversations in the Disciplines” Conference to observe the 90th year of Sister Carrie, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, October 1990

“Whose Postcolonialism and Whose Postmodernism?” Symposium on “Postcolonialism and Postmodernism” at the joint session of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies and the Association for the Study of Canadian and Quebec Literatures, Learned Societies Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, May 1990

“Bourgeois Nationalist Discourse in Mulk Raj Anand’s The Untouchable.” South Asia and Development session of the Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, May 1990

“Women and Cultural Politics.” Toronto Area Women’s Research Colloquium 1989-1990, York University, March 2, 1990

Panelist, “The Politics of Representation in a Multiracial Society: Writers’ Perspectives.” International Convention of American Studies Association and Canadian Association for American Studies, Toronto, November 1989

“Characterization in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children: Strategies of an Anti-Realist.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Languages Studies, Learned Societies Conference, Laval University, Quebec, May 1989

“A House Divided: Black Women and American Feminist Theory.” Conference on the Contemporary Women’s Movement in Canada and the United States: A Retrospective and Prospects for the Future, Centre for American Studies and Centre for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, May 1989

“Knights and Businessmen: Parody in Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Department of English, University of Guelph, Guelph, March 1989

“Deconstructing the Devi: Mahasveta Devi’s ‘The Wet-Nurse’.” Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto, April 1990. An earlier version of the paper was read at “India Since Independence, 1947-1987” Conference, York University, September 1987

Book Reviews

Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in Literature and Culture. Ed. Rowland Smith. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000, Waterloo, Ontario. English Studies in Canada 30: 3(2004): 199-204.

“Of Gems and Rhinestones.” Review of Colours of Loneliness: Short Stories from Urdu and the Regional Languages of Pakistan. Ed. Muzzafar Iqbal. Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1999. Annual of Urdu Studies Number 16 (2001): 363-68.

“Drinking at Khadija Mastur’s Well.” Review of Cool, Sweet Water: Selected Stories by Khadija Mastur. Trans. Tahira Naqvi. Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1999. Annual of Urdu Studies Number 16 (2001): 368-74.

“Beginnings and Endings.” Review of The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami. Knopf, Toronto, 2000. The Toronto Review 19: 3 (Summer 2001): 86-90.

“Lost Frontier.” Review of Amriika by M. G. Vassanji. McClleland & Stewart, Toronto, 1999. The Toronto Review 19: 1 (Spring 2001): 87-92.

Fires in an Autumn Garden: Short Stories from Urdu and the Regional Languages of Pakistan. Ed. Asif Farrukhi. Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1997. Annual of Urdu Studies Number 14 (1999): 311-16.

“No Easy Solutions.” Review of In Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand. Knopf, Toronto, 1996. The Toronto Review 15: 2 (Winter 1997): 102-06.

“The Same Trip.” Review of The Black Album by Hanif Kureishi. Scribner, New York, 1995. The Toronto Review 14: 3 (Spring 1996): 69-71.

Firing the Heather: The Life and Times of Nellie McClung, by Mary Hallett and Marilyn Davis. Fifth House Publishers, Saskatoon, 1994, and Literature as Pulpit: The Christian Social Activism of Nellie L. McClung, by Randi R. Warne. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario, 1993. LRC 4: 7 (July-August 1995): 20-23.

Uhuru Street by M. G. Vassanji. McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1992. Paragraph 14: 3 (1992): 22-23.

“Narrating India.” Review of Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry. McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1991, and A Planet of Eccentrics by Ven Begamudré. Oolinchan Books, Lantzville, BC, 1991. Toronto South Asian Review 10: 2 (Winter 1992): 82-91.

Past the Last Post: Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism. Ed. Ian Adam and Helen Tiffin. University of Calgary Press, Calgary, 1990. Paragraph 13: 3 (1991): 28-29.

Creation Fire: A CAFRA Anthology of Caribbean Women’s Poetry. Ed. Ramabai Espinet. Sister Vision, Toronto, 1990. Toronto South Asian Review 10: 1 (Summer 1991): 62-65.

Race, Class, Gender: Bonds and Barriers. Ed. Jesse Vorst et al. Between the Lines, Toronto, 1990, and Balancing Acts: On Being a Mother. Ed. Katherine Gieve. Virago, London, 1989. Toronto South Asian Review 9: 3 (Spring 1991): 69-73.

Theodore Dreiser: An American Journey: Vol II, by Richard Lingeman. Putnam’s, New York, 1990. The Globe and Mail (November 17, 1990): C 19.

The Issue is ‘Ism: Women of Colour Speak Out. Eds. Nila Gupta and Makeda Silvera. Sister Vision, Toronto, 1989. Fuse XIII, 5 (June-July 1990): 39-40.

“Reading Rénu: Text, Language, Culture and Translation.” An extensive review article dealing with problems of translation. Toronto South Asian Review 8: 1 (Summer 1989): 59-69.

Realism and Reality: The Novel and Society in India by Meenakshi Mukherjee. Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1985. World Literature Written in English 27: 2 (1987): 307-16.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost”? Review of three books of poetry from India. CRNLE Review Journal of the Flinders University of Australia 1 (1984): 25-28.

Sexism in Indian Education: The Lies We Tell Our Children, by Narendra Nath Kalia. Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 1979. Harvard Educational Review 51: 1 (February 1981): 218-20.

Forthcoming

“The Story of My Caste.” A paper based on my experience of growing up in the caste based society of an Indian small town, in a book entitled, Caste as an Idea and a Reality, edited by R. S. Khare and D. Shyam Babu, to be published by Parson India in 2010


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN2240 6.0  Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English: African, Caribbean, South Asian and the South Pacific SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC2435 6.0  Introduction to South Asian Studies SEMR Course Website