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About Me

Dr. Reshmi Mukherjee

Office: Liberal Arts Building 226
Phone No: 2084261145


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( 2012).
Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign (2012).
M.Phil. in Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.
M.A. in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.
B.A.with Honors in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.

Areas of Interest: I am particularly interested in studying the representations of race, gender, sexuality, and subalternity in sub-Saharan, Arab Anglophone, South Asian literature; transnational approaches to studying and teaching diasporic, exilic, testimonio, and refugee narratives; postcolonial theory, transnational feminism, and culture studies.


Engl 530/GS 580 (Graduate Seminar): Subalternity, Space, and Agency in Literatures of the Global South (graduate).

Engl 424/ GS 480: Prison Narratives (Special Topics).

Engl 398/GS 380 (Honors Symposium): Gender, Biopower, and War .

ISLE397/597/GS 380: “Other Voices, Alternative Imaginations:” The Ethics of Refugee non-refugee Communication in the 21st century.

Engl 396/GS 380: Postcolonial Literature: Refugee, Exilic, and Diasporic Experience.

Engl 395: When Women Write Back.

Engl 268: Introduction to Modern British Literature  (1900-the present).

Engl 216: Literature Without BordersCultural Exchange in Transnational Literature.

Engl 210: The Literary Journey of Thousand and One Nights (Introduction to Literature).      


“Living in Subalternity: The Becoming of the Subaltern in Bessie Head’s A Woman Alone, A Gesture of Belonging, and When Rain Clouds Gather.” (Journal of the African Literature Association, Vol 7. No. 2, Spring 2014).

“The New Bhadramahila and the Reformed Bhadralok: Reconfiguration of Gender relations in Rabindranath Tagore’s Streer Patra (The Wife’s Letter) and Ghare Baire (The Home and the World).” (Accepted for publication; University of Toronto Quarterly).

Article Under Review

“Other Voices, Alternative Imaginations” for a chapter in the book Art as a Way of Talking.


“Abecedarium Anthology”: The Cambridge Introduction to Edward W. Said- A Review by Reshmi Mukherjee. (Boundary 2; February 2015)

Publication in Conference Proceedings

“The Crisis in Teaching Subalternity.” Conference proceedings of the International Conference on Literature, Language, & Communication, Amity University, Lucknow campus, December 2013 (January 2015).

Articles under preparation:

“Diaspora and Female Body-Space relationship in Lela Aboulela’s The Translator and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland.”

“The Politics of Writing Women Without Men: Surrealism and Feminist Agency.”

“The subaltern and I: A Method of Unlearning”

Select Conference Presentations:

“Cyber Rhetoric and Indian Women’s Empowerment” South Asian Literary Association Annual Conference (SALA), Austin, January 3-5, 2016 (upcoming).

“The ‘other’ Naxal” American Comparative Literature Association Conference (ACLA), Cambridge, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 17th-20th, 2016 (upcoming).

“I, Rigoberta Menchu: Testimony as History, Reading Subalternity “after subaltern studies.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Seattle, WA, 26th- 29th March 2015.

“Politicization of Rape in India,” Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference, ISU, Pocatello, ID, 5th -7th March 2015.

“Diaspora and Female Body-Space relationship in the Globalized World,” RMMLA, Boise, Idaho, 8th -10th October 2014.

“The Crisis in Teaching Subalternity,” International Conference on Literature, Language and Communication, Amity University, Lucknow, India, December 9-10, 2013.

“The Female Body as a Terrifying Super-Object,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2013.

“In Search of Agency: Translating the Voice of the other,” Translation Studies Conference, Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, October 2011.

“The Nation and its Women: Rereading the Body-Space Relationship in Assia Djebar’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (Femme d’Alger dans leur appartement)”, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2009.