Associate Professor, English
Furman Hall 100C
- Current disciplinary research interests
Broadly speaking, I am interested in various dimensions of debates about cultural change. Although I have been interested in such debates as they pertain to South Asia, I have maintained an interest in such debates in the West (especially in the US and UK). This may sound vague for someone who is seen as belonging to an 'English department,' but the area of Cultural Studies, well known in the Humanities, does allow for studying cultures transnationally in such a way that the term "cultural practices" could include written literature, cinema and other media, different kinds of performance, etc.
- Interest in connecting sustainability to research
I think of sustainability in terms of the changing dynamics of collective (or social) knowledge: what people know about themselves, their lives, or the stories they tell themselves about their collective lives, and the loss of such knowledge as lives get transformed with "progress," development, modernization, and as new knowledges are generated, including the knowledge produced by scholars and activists in the area of ecology and sustainability.
- Sustainability courses taught
Since I study and teach cultural practices, the question of sustainability understood broadly is not far from my concerns, but it does not always get formulated in a very specific way—especially in the sense of our current concerns with ecological sustainability. I do have a course, "Nature in South Asian Literature"/Eng-309, which addresses sustainability more directly than my other courses. I have taught texts dealing with aspects of pastoralism, and environmental degradation under the old curriculum. I also teach some nature writing (mainly English Romantic poetry) in my survey of British Literature since 1798.