Department of English

University of Mississippi

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika Bhagat-Kennedy specializes in representations of nationalism and cultural belonging 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 colonial Indian writers conceptualized and critiqued the emerging idea of India as the mythic Hindu space “Bharat,” an understanding that endures among India’s Hindu majority and the diaspora. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, theory of the novel, nationalisms and nostalgias, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature and film, global literatures of protest and resistance, and British philosophies and literatures of empire. Articles and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.


  • 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
  • Theory of the Novel (particularly the historical novel)
  • Contemporary South Asian Diasporic Literature and Film
  • Global Literatures of Protest and Resistance
  • British Imperial Philosophies and Literatures of Empire

Courses Taught

  • Living Hyphenated: South Asian American Literature and Film (Spring 2018)
  • World Literature Since 1650 (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)


On Leave Fall 2018
213 Bondurant Hall