Texas Tech University

Roger McNamara

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
Office: 422

Research Interests
Postcolonial Literature, Postcolonial Theory, South Asian Literature, African Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Secularism and Religion

McNamara specializes in Postcolonial literature, with an emphasis on South Asian fiction. His research interests include Postcolonial Theory and Religion and Secularism. He has published articles and presented conference papers on Indian, Sri Lankan, and South African writing. Currently, he has an advanced contract for his book manuscript, Secularism and the Crisis of Minority Identity in Postcolonial Literature. He has also begun exploring the role of secular and religious enchantment in Postcolonial literature and the contribution of the Eurasian intellectual Cedric Dover from India to the Civil Rights Movement.

Book Manuscript

  • Secularism and the Crisis of Minority Identity in Postcolonial Literature Advanced contract with Lexington Press.



  • "The Uneven Aesthetics of I. Allan Sealy's The Trotter-Nama: Secularization, Nationalism, and the Marginalization of the Anglo-Indian Community." Postcolonial Text 10.2 (2015). Online.
  • "Rational Thought and the Dalitization of Christianity in Karukku." South Asian Review 30.1 (2009): 269-285. Print.
  • "Re-Narrating the Nation: Race, Sexuality and Hybridity in Aubrey Menen's Autobiographies." New Hybridities: Societies and Cultures in Transition. Eds. Alfonso de Toro and Frank Heidemann. Leipzig: Olms, 2006. 207-222. Print.

Accepted for Publication:

  • "Developing a Fine Balance: A Critique of Secularization in Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters." South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. (scheduled to be published in March 2017)
  • "Teaching Muslim Women's Writing: Comparative Frameworks for Difference and Critique." Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women's Writing. Ed. Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozi. Modern Languages Association of America. (accepted for publication pending revisions)

Revise and Resubmit:

  • "Secularism and Enchantment in Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

Work in Progress:

  • "Crossing Borders: Cedric Dover, Colored Cosmopolitanism, and Inter-racial Identity."


  • A Review of Manav Ratti's The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literature. Peace Review. (accepted)
  • "A Review of Anuradha Dingwaney Needham's New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India. South Asian Review. (accepted)
  • "Asian Indian American Fiction." Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture. Greenwood, 2016.
  • "Asian Indian American Literature." Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture. Greenwood, 2016.
  • Bharati Mukherjee. Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture. Greenwood, 2016.
  • Jhumpa Lahiri. Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture. Greenwood, 2016.
  • "A Review of Bharati Mukherjee." South Asian Literary Association Newsletter. 32.2 (2008): 8-9. Print.