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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika Bhagat-Kennedy specializes in colonial-era and modern Indian literature. Her book manuscript-in-progress, Imagining Bharat: Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Form in the Indian Novel, 1880-1920, examines how the early Indian novel mythologized India as a primordial Hindu homeland amidst evolving anticolonial and nationalist thought at the turn of the twentieth century. 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 in Verge: Studies in Global Asias, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, 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

Selected Publications

  • “The Mughal Past and the Politics of Memorialization in Ahmed Ali’s Twilight in Delhi.” The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.  Vol. 7, No. 1 (2019):
  • “‘A Grand Asiatic Empire’: Swadeshi Transnationalism and the Expanse of Bharat in the Early Indian Anglophone Novel.”Verge: Studies in Global Asias. Vol. 5, No. 1 (2019):
  • “Nation After World: Rethinking ‘The End of Postcolonial Theory.’” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2018):


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