University of Mississippi

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika Bhagat-Kennedy specializes in representations of cultural belonging, nationalism, and injustice in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian literature. Her book manuscript-in-progress, Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Novel, 1880-1930, examines how turn-of-the-century Indian writers including Bankim Chattopadhyay, Kali Kumar Sinha, Sarath Kumar Ghosh, and Rabindranath Tagore negotiated the emerging understanding of India as the mythic Hindu space Bharat and how their particular deployments of the novel perpetuated or contested this cultural imagining. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British philosophies of empire and imperial literatures, theory of the novel, trauma studies, critical race theory, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature, and global literatures of protest and resistance.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English, 2016
  • M.A., University of Michigan, English Language and Literature, 2009
  • M.A., University of Michigan, South Asian Studies, 2009
  • B.A., Emory University, English and Political Science, summa cum laude, 2004

 Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Postcolonial and Transnational Literatures
  • The Colonial and Postcolonial Indian Novel
  • British Political Philosophy and Philosophies on Empire
  • Theory of the Novel (particularly the historical novel)
  • South Asian Diasporic Literature
  • Global Literatures of Protest and Resistance

Courses Taught:

  • Living Hyphenated: South Asian American Literature
  • Writing Empire
  • Narrative Across Cultures
  • The Novel and Postcolonialism
  • World Literature Since 1650


W-213 Bondurant Hall
Spring 2018 Office Hours: MW 9:30-10:30am and by appointment