Jay Rajiva Promoted to Associate Professor 

Jay Rajiva Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Jay Rajiva, who was promoted to the rank of associate professor this spring. Rajiva’s research focuses on global anglophone and postcolonial literature and on trauma theory. His first book, Postcolonial Parabola: Literature, Tactility, and the Ethics of Representing Trauma (Bloomsbury 2017), interrogates the relationship between the literary representation of postcolonial trauma and the embodied experience of reading.

As the conditions from which postcolonial literatures have emerged require a break from “proper” ways to represent trauma, postcolonial writers expand and complicate the practice of reading itself. Postcolonial Parabola is now available in softcover from https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/postcolonial-parabola-9781501351501/.

Rajiva’s new book, Toward an Animist Reading of Postcolonial Trauma Literature (Routledge, 2021 officially, but released in July 2020!), uses the conceptual framework of animism, the belief in the spiritual qualities of nonhuman matter, to analyze representations of trauma in postcolonial fiction from Nigeria and India. Examining novels by authors such as Chinua Achebe, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nnedi Okorafor, and Arundhati Roy, the book considers how animist beliefs shape the aesthetic representation of trauma in postcolonial literature, paying special attention to complex metaphor and narrative structure. You can order it now from Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/Toward-an-Animist-Reading-of-Postcolonial-Trauma-Literature/Rajiva/p/book/9780367086275?utm_medium=email&utm_source=EmailStudio&utm_campaign=B190608179_3696946. Rajiva has also published articles in Studies in the NovelArielHumanitiesJournal of the African Literature AssociationTwentieth-Century LiteratureJournal of Postcolonial WritingAngelaki, and Research in African Literatures.

Rajiva’s teaching is popular with undergrads and graduate students, and his courses have enriched the department’s offerings. His recent seminars include “Trauma and the Ethics of Reading,” “Postcolonial Genre Fiction,” “Sensory Experience and the Body in Literature,” “South Asian Literature,” and “Postcolonial Literature: Revising the Canon.” His recent undergraduate classes have included courses on British and Caribbean literature and science fiction.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Rajiva on his promotion!