Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: 70 Brown St., Rm. 304
Phone: (401) 863-32111
Ph.D. Duke University, 2010
B.A. Yale University, 2004
Dr. Madhumita Lahiri’s scholarship lies broadly in postcolonial studies, with particular interest in South Asian and South African literature and film. She is currently working a book manuscript, Writing the International, which examines the modes of literary internationalism as they manifest in and around late colonial India. Examining the non-realist texts of authors like M.K. Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Cornelia Sorabji, and W.E.B. Du Bois, Dr. Lahiri suggests that questions of accuracy in representation cannot adequately address these internationalist fictions. Working in Bengali and Hindi in addition to English, she argues that the figuration of a social order might be best understood neither in translation nor in the original, but rather at the borders of its linguistic codes.
Dr. Lahiri’s recent research has been informed by her time in South Africa, where she worked primarily on Gandhi’s narratives of his African sojourn, both in the journal Indian Opinion and in his later Satyagraha in South Africa. She also taught for the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, which led to an incipient project on gender and sexuality in contemporary South Africa.
Before coming to Brown, Dr. Lahiri was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her work has appeared in the journal Callaloo and is forthcoming in the volumes ‘Only Connect’: India in Britain, 1870-1950 (ed. Susheila Nasta, Palgrave-Macmillan) and Cinema in South Africa after 1994 (ed. Haseenah Ebrahim, National Film and Television Foundation).