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Kanika Batra

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Director of Comparative Literature


Ph.D.: Loyola University Chicago (2006)

Contact: kanika.batra@ttu.edu, 806.834.1246, 479 and 211B (office), kanikabat72 (skype)

Research: postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, urban studies, and globalization

Select Journal Articles

  • 2018: "Transporting Metropolitanism: Road-Mapping Feminist Solutions to Sexual Violence in Delhi." Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54.3: 387-397
  • 2017: "Polygamous Postcolonialism and Transnational Critique in Tess Onwueme's The Reign of Wazobia." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 15.2: 330-352.
  • 2016: "Worlding Sexualities under Apartheid: From Gay Liberation to a Queer Afropolitanism." Postcolonial Studies 19.3: 1-16.
  • 2016: "Creating a Locational Counterpublic: Manushi and the Articulation of Human Rights and Sexuality from Delhi, India." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42.1: 845-867.
  • 2013: "City Botany: Reading Urban Ecologies in China through Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke." Narrative 21.3: 322-332. Special issue on Postmodernist Fiction.

Select Book Chapters

  • 2019 (forthcoming): Year's Work in English Studies: Southern Africa." 10,900 words (co-authored with Joya Uraizee)
  • 2019 (forthcoming): "Black British Queer Intersectionality from Labi Siffre's Nigger to Dean Atta's I am Nobody's Nigger," Locating African European Studies, ed. Mark Stein. London: Routledge, 15 pages.
  • 2019: "Citizen-Writer: Teaching Amitav Ghosh's Ethnographies of Conflict," MLA Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh, eds. Gaurav Desai and John Hawley, NY: MLA, 67-74.
  • 2017: "Between the Gurdwara and the Street: Gatekeeping, Transgression, and Sexuality in British South Asian Drama," Signifying the Self: Women and Literature, eds. Malashri Lal, Sumanyu Satpathy, and Shormishtha Panja, New Delhi: Macmillan India, 22 pages.
  • 2016: "British Black and Asian LGBTQ Writing." The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010), ed. Deirdre Osborne. New York: Cambridge UP, 159-176.
  • 2015: "The Right to Food Staples in India: Dramatizing a Cultural History of Shame and Pride." Food and Theatre on the World Stage, eds. Dorothy Chansky and Ann Folino White. New York: Routledge, 207-220.
  • 2015: "Rebellion, Revision, and Renewal: Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean Women Writers in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries." The Cambridge History of Latin American Women's Literature, edited by Ileana Rodríguez, Mónica Szurmuk. New York: Cambridge UP, 381-395

Reference Entries

  • “Sistren Theatre Collective.” The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. ABC-CLIO, 2008.
  • “Gay and Lesbian Literature.” South Asian Literature in English: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Jaina C. Sanga. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishers, 2004.

Book Reviews / Review Essays

  • Remembering Africa: The Rediscovery of Colonialism in Contemporary African Literature by Dirk Göttsche, Camden House, New York, 2013 and Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds by Stef Craps, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmills, 2013. Wasafiri 30.2 (February 2015): 90-91.
  • The Fifth Figure by Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Bloodaxe Books, Northumberland, UK, 2006 and Alternatives Within the Mainstream: British Black and Asian Theatres edited by Dimple Godiwala, Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle, UK, 2006. Wasafiri 54 (Spring 2008): 82-83.
  • Black British Literature: Novels of Transformation by Mark Stein, Ohio State University Press, Columbus, USA. Postcolonial Text 3.1 (2007). Online.
  • Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India edited by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan, Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2005. Wasafiri 50 (Spring 2007): 74-75.


  • Feminist Visions and Queer Futures in Postcolonial Drama: Community, Kinship, and Citizenship.Feminist Visions and Queer Futures in Postcolonial Drama: Community, Kinship, and Citizenship. New York: Routledge, 2010. 978-0-415-81817-9.
  • Caribbean PoetryCaribbean Poetry: Derek Walcott and Edward Brathwaite. For the M.A. course “New Literatures in English,” Indira Gandhi National Open University. New Delhi: IGNOU, 2001.

Awards / Sponsored Research

  • Texas Tech Scholarship Catalyst Program Grant: 2015-2016
  • Texas Tech Scholarship Catalyst Program Grant: 2014-2015
  • Visiting Guest Professorship, University of Delhi, India: Fall 2014
  • Texas Tech Transdisciplinary Academy Fellowship, (with Rice, R., Peaslee, R., Barkdull, J.): 2014
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of English, University of Delhi, India 2013
  • Texas Tech Proposal Stimulus Program Grant: 2013-2014
  • Texas Tech Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship: 2012-2013
  • Texas Tech Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship: 2011-2012
  • Texas Tech Institute for Inclusive Excellence Fellowship: 2011
  • Visiting Professor Fellowship to Central University, Kasargod, Kerala (India): Fall 2011
  • Fellowship to the Archaeologies of Black Memory Seminar and Symposium organized by the Small Axe Collective and the University of Miami: 2007
  • Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Fellowship: 2007-2009
  • Loyola University Chicago Edward Crown Fellowship in the Humanities: 2000-2004
  • Loyola University Chicago Amber Garvett and David Tuma Award for Academic Excellence: 2002
  • Scholarship for International Summer Program at the University of Cambridge: 1998
  • Kohli Memorial Scholarship for best student in M.Phil. at the University of Delhi: 1997
  • Principal B. B. Gupta Gold Medal and Scholarship for first position in M.A. (English) at the University of Delhi: 1994
  • Brij Krishan Chandiwala Scholarship for Proficiency in English, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi: 1990