Department of English

University of Mississippi

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika R. Bhagat-KennedyMonika 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

  • Introduction to Postcolonial Studies (Spring 2018)
  • Living Hyphenated: South Asian American Literature (Spring 2018)
  • Writing Empire (Fall 2017)
  • World Literature Since 1650 (Fall 2017)
  • Narrative Across Cultures (Spring 2017)
  • The Novel and Postcolonialism (Spring 2017)
  • World Literature Since 1650 (Fall 2016)

W-213 Bondurant Hall
Fall 2017 Office Hours: T/Th 11-12pm