Anupama Arora, PhD


English & Communication




Liberal Arts 322


Tufts UniversityPhD
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New DelhiMA
Sri Venkateswara College, University of DelhiBA


  • Post-colonial and Global Anglophone Literature; Literature and Empire
  • Multicultural Literature, especially Asian British and Asian American literature
  • Women's Studies, especially Global/Transnational Feminism
  • Bollywood Studies
  • Literary Criticism and Theory





Selected topics in Black Studies. May be repeated with change of content/topic.

Selected topics in Black Studies. May be repeated with change of content/topic.

A study of selected readings dealing with a special topic chosen by the instructor. Recent special topics include New England Literature, Children's Literature, the Artist in Literature, Black Music, and Black Literature. May be repeated with change of content. Cross-listed as BLS 200; LST 200.

An introduction to 20th century Anglophone Postcolonial Literature from Africa, Caribbean, and South Asia. Course surveys genres of fiction, drama, poetry, theoretical writing, with attention to the socio-political and historical contexts. This course may also include study of other cultural forms such as films.

Advanced and specialized studies in film (e.g., Shakespeare on Film) or in video production; topic selected by the instructor. May be repeated with change of topic.

Topics will be determined by the faculty member and will therefore vary.

Examination of how Bollywood (popular Hindi-language Indian cinema) portrays gender and sexuality as they intersect with issues of tradition, modernity, caste, class, region, religion, nation, and migration in postcolonial India. Bollywood is one of the largest film industries in the world, and this course explores how these films have come to both reflect and shape Indian society and culture. Cross-listed with ENL 377.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

Introduction to basic concepts, keywords questions and critical debates in the field of postcolonial theory and criticism. The course will begin with an examination of the term "postcolonial" before engaging with a variety of postcolonial thinkers and historical contexts. Key ideas and issues explored will include: colonialism, Orientalism, empire, nationalism, race, gender and sexuality, migration, globalization and diaspora.
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Research Interests

  • Postcolonial Literature, especially from South Asia and its diaspora
  • Popular Indian film
  • 21st century Global Anglophone Literature

Select publications

A. Arora, R. Kaur (2017).
India in the American Imaginary, 1780s-1880s
The New Urban Atlantic, 1

Arora, Anupama (2012).
The Sea is History:’ Colonialism, Migration, and Opium in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies
Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 42, 21-42.

Dr. Anupama Arora received her Ph.D. in English from Tufts University. She teaches courses on postcolonial and global literatures, among others. She was the recipient of the Provost’s Best Practices Award for the Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology in 2011 and 2014. She is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Feminist Scholarship, an open-access online journal. In addition to publications in edited volumes, her work has appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Women’s Studies, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. Her current research projects focus on India in the U.S. in the long 19th century, contemporary South Asian/diasporic literature, and Bollywood.

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