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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, 1880-1920, examines how colonial Indian writers conceptualized and critiqued the emerging idea of India as the mythic Hindu space “Bharat,” a widespread cultural imagining 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, 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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