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Kanika Batra

Batra Profile

Associate Professor

Contact: Office 479 | 806.252.0086 | kanika.batra@ttu.edu | http://kanikabatra.info
CV:  CV.pdf

Short Articles
Encyclopedia Entries
Book Reviews and Review Essays

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 Poetry: Derek Walcott and Edward Brathwaite. For the M.A. course “New Literatures in English,” Indira Gandhi National Open University. New Delhi: IGNOU, 2001.



  • "Polygamous Postcolonialism: Surrogate Masculinity and Political Power in Tess Onwueme's The Reign of Wazobia" Emerging Perspectives on Tess Onwueme. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press. Forthcoming.
  • "Transcoded Remediation and Convergence: Spectacle, Sleaze, and Bollywood Dreams in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding." Postcolonial Cinema Studies. Ed. Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller. Oxford: Routledge, 2011. 14 pages.
  • “Kipps, Belsey, and Jegede: Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism, and Black Studies in  Zadie Smith’s On Beauty.” Callaloo, 33.4 (Winter 2010), 1079-1092.
  • “The Home, the Veil and the World: Reading Ismat Chughai towards a ‘Progressive’ History of the Indian Women’s Movement.” Part of the themed section “Theorizing the ‘First Wave’ Globally.” Feminist Review, 95 (June 2010): 27-44.
  • “Contesting Postcolonialism: Cynthia Leenerts and Kanika Batra in Conversation with Professor Jasbir Jain”. South Asian Review. 30(4), (2009): 75-90.
  • “‘Our Own Gayful Rest: A Postcolonial Archive.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 31 (March 2010): 46-59.
  • “Pulling the Coat: Postcolonial Performativity in Black British Women’s Drama.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. 2.1 (January 2009): 85-95.
  • “Bread, Blood, and Bones: Democratic Socialism and Jamaican Drama” in Southern Postcolonialisms. Ed. Sumanyu Satpathy. New Delhi: Routledge, 2009. 184-95.
  • “Emergent Sexual Identities in Indian Women’s Writing.” South Asian Review, 29.1 (Fall 2008): 236-53.
  • “‘Daughters who know the languages of power’: Community, Sexuality, and Postcolonial Development in Tess Onwueme’s Tell it to Women.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 9.1 (2007): 124-38.
  • “Sexualizing Postcolonial Pedagogy: Cartographies of Same-Sex Desire and English Literary Studies in India.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 10.1 (Spring 2003): 52-66.
  • “Geographical and Generic Traversings in the Writings of Amitav Ghosh.”  Convergences and Interferences: Newness in Intercultural Practices. Eds. Kathleen Gyssels, Isabel Hoving, and Maggie Ann Bowers. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002. 211-19.
  • “Indian Contributions to Comparative Literature and Translation Studies: A Select Annotated Bibliography.” Co-authored with Bharati Puri. New Comparison: A Journal of Comparative And General Literary Studies 23 (Spring 1997): 114-31.


Short Articles

  • "In Alliance with the Women’s Movement.” Nukkad Janam Samvad Street Theatre Dialogue.  9.37-38 (March 2008): 14-16.


Encyclopedia 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 and Review Essays

  • Rev. of "The Fifth Figure" by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, and "Alternatives Within the Mainstream: British Black and Asian Theatres" edited by Dimple Godiwala. Wasafiri 54 (Spring 2008).
  • Rev. of "Black British Literature: Novels of Transformation" by Mark Stein, Ohio State University Press, Columbus, USA. Postcolonial Text 3.1 (2007).
  • Rev. of "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).



  • “Contesting Postcolonialism: Cynthia Leenerts and Kanika Batra in Conversation with Professor Jasbir Jain” South Asian Review 30.4 (2009): 75-90.