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Jay Rajiva

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto


Global Anglophone and Postcolonial Literature, Trauma Theory


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.


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


  • 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.