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Emerging South Asian Women Writers

Essays and Interviews


Edited By Feroza Jussawalla and Deborah Fillerup Weagel

This volume was conceived as a space to provide visibility for South Asian women writers whose work has not had much exposure in the West. It contributes to the knowledge of South Asian women writers by including scholarship not only on little-known writers but also by scholars from India – in particular, those whose voices do not necessarily find themselves in western academic publications.
Many South Asian women writers engage with the overall quest for survival, which can be affiliated with all the themes expressed in this volume: trauma, diaspora, injustice, resistance, place, space, language, and identity. The texts discussed herein contribute to the ongoing discourse related to such themes in postcolonial studies and transnational literature, and could be used in courses on South Asian literature, women’s writing, postcolonial studies and literature, and world or transnational literature.
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Umme Al-wazedi is Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature in the Department of English and Co-Program Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Augustana College. Her research interest encompasses (Muslim) women writers of South Asia and South Asian Diaspora, Africa and the Middle East, Partition Novels, Trauma Theory, Standpoint Feminist Theory, and Muslim and Third World Feminism. She has published in South Asian Review, South Asian History and Culture, Sycamore Review, and The Clearing House and Research Journal (Bangladesh).

Geetanjali Singh Chanda is Senior Lecturer in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University, where she has taught since 2001. Her research interests include world literatures, popular culture, feminist and transcultural pedagogy, masculinities, and religion. Professsor Chanda received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Hong Kong University, where she also taught courses in the Programme in American Studies and the English Department. She received her master’s degree from George Washington University and taught at Gettysburg College. Chanda has been widely published and her book Indian Women in the House of Fiction (Zubaan Books, Delhi, 2008) is in its second edition.

Jill Dehnert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. She has served as editor to the Blue Mesa Review and assistant to the Taos Writers’ Conference, in addition to having worked for literary agencies. This shapes her interest in contemporary women’s writing from India. Her critical interests include writing about underrepresented groups in the contemporary American...

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