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Jay Rajiva

Assistant Professor
Education

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Specializations

Global Anglophone and Postcolonial Literature, Trauma Theory
Biography

Biography

Dr. Rajiva’s research focuses on South Asian and pan-African literature. His book, Postcolonial Parabola: Literature, Tactility, and the Ethics of Representing Trauma  (Bloomsbury 2017), analyzes literature of partition and civil war on the Indian subcontinent alongside apartheid and post-apartheid South African fiction. His next book project examines the relationship between animism and trauma in contemporary literature of India and Nigeria. For more information, please visit Dr. Rajiva’s website.

 

Publications
  • 2017. Postcolonial Parabola: Literature, Tactility, and the Ethics of Representing Trauma. New York: Bloomsbury.

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  • 2017. “Secrecy, Sacrifice, and God on the Island: The Problem of Christianity in Coetzee’s Foe and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.” Twentieth-Century Literature 63:1. 1-21.
  • 2016. “‘The instant of waking from the nightmare’: Emergence Theory and Postcolonial Experience in Season of Migration to the North.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 52:6. 687-99.
  • 2016. “‘Someone called India’: Urban Space and the Tribal Subject in Mahasweta Devi’s ‘Douloti the Bountiful.’” Postcolonial Urban Outcasts: City Margins in South Asian Literature. Eds. Madhurima Chakraborty and Umme Al-Wazedi. New York: Routledge. 56-71.
  • 2015. “J.M. Coetzee and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism.” Book Review. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 2:01. 145-47.
  • 2013. “The Unbearable Burden of Levinasian Ethics.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 18.4. 135-48.
  • 2013. “The Seduction of Narration in Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.” Research in African Literatures 44.4. 82-98.